We applaud Pennsylvania’s attorney general for deciding to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the handling of the Jerry Sandusky case. We are relieved that Sandusky will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars, but those who enabled and protected him must be held responsible if children are to be safe and future cover ups are to be prevented.
Like the Catholic church and the Boy Scouts, Penn State is a powerful institution with many allies. University officials clearly acted to protect their reputations rather than to protect youngsters.
We’re troubled by the comment by Randy Feathers, who supervised the investigating agents under then-Attorney General (and current governor). Feathers said Tom Corbett said “we felt like we had no shot” winning in court with just a single victim testifying against Sandusky, who “walked on water.” This may be true. But it’s prudent to dig deeper here and fully investigate this claim.
Officials could have chosen be open about even a single accusation against Sandusky. They no doubt could have done real outreach to campers, employees, and students begging them to come forward if they had any information or suspicions about Sandusky, no matter how small, old or insignificant.
Politics, football must be set aside. This investigation must focus on the truth and sending a clear message that the safety of children comes first.
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