PA--Victims applaud ruling in Paterno lawsuit
For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7
We applaud a new court ruling that gives the NCAA a chance to respond in detail to allegations that the association acted wrongly in the Penn State case. It’s important that the NCAA have this opportunity to defend itself. It may deter other athletic programs that are disciplined in the future for refusing to put the safety of the innocent over the success of the team.
Jay Paterno and William Kenney profess a concern that this decision will delay a resolution in the case. But getting it right is more important than getting it over.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Judge Gives NCAA Permission to File New Response Despite Paterno Estate's Objections
by Michael Martin Garrett on July 07, 2015 11:06 AM, StateCollege.com
Despite objections from the Paterno estate, the NCAA will be able to file a massive new response to the allegations in the estate’s long running defamation lawsuit.
Last month, the NCAA asked the Centre County Court of Common Pleas for permission to file a 175 page document attacking allegations that the athletic organization overstepped its authority in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Judge John Leete granted . . .
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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