Penn State probe must truly be independent; SNAP says
A panel of Penn State trustees that is supposedly looking into the university's abuse and cover up scandal will speak today.
But Penn State officials shouldn’t even be talking about the school’s internal investigation at this point. It would be much more helpful if the university would instead use its vast resources to beg victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to contact police.
The university can investigate later. Right now, the focus should be on helping law enforcement effectively prosecute every current and former staffer who committed or concealed heinous child sex crimes.
And when the school does investigate internally, the panel must be more independent. We agree with university faculty, who are pushing for more outside individuals on the panel.
Institutions should learn from the example of the Catholic church – so-called investigations stacked with insiders can’t be as effective as those involving outsiders.
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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.
Note to Letter Writers
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