PA - SNAP applauds charges filed against ex-PSU President
Today, charges were formally filed against former Penn State President Graham Spanier. He faces eight charges including conspiracy to commit perjury, failing to report child abuse, obstructing justice, and endangering the welfare of children.
We are glad that these new charges have been filed. This is precisely what will prevent future child sex crimes and cover ups: when callous officials face real penalties for protecting predators. All too often, employers fight “mistakes” and “oversights” and “omissions” when in fact they have taken careful deliberate steps to hide heinous crimes. It’s crucial that more prosecutors charge employers with refusing – not failing – to report suspected child sex crimes. It’s crucial that law enforcement not let deceitful officials use misleading euphemisms to mask their deliberate wrong doing.
This is about prevention and less about punishment. It’s more about being prudent and less about being punitive.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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