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Penn State Sex-Abuse Scandal Update: Legal Rulings and Requests

Media reports provide an insight into the legal cases involving persons associated with the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) sex-abuse scandal. Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused on November 5, 2011, of sexually-abusing eight boys. State authorities also charged Penn State’s then-director of athletics and then-vice-president for finance and business with perjury and failing to report what they knew about the allegations. Penn State’s board of trustees retained former FBI director Louis J. Freeh’s firm on November 21, 2011, to investigate how the institution handled the scandal. Further, the United States Department of Education (DOE) is investigating if Penn State officials violated a federal law (the Clery Act) that requires universities to disclose allegations of sexual assault on campus. Finally, the NCAA is examining whether the institution violated the association’s rules.

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm provides the following summary of media reports concerning the legal cases involving the scandal:

ESPN.com: “Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer seeks info”

The Associated Press reported “Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer is asking a judge to force state prosecutors to turn over more detailed information about the child sex abuse allegations against the former Penn State defensive coordinator. Joe Amendola said Friday that he needs more detailed information about times and places where prosecutors say crimes occurred as well as the names of people who were there or nearby.”

The full article can be read by clicking here.

ESPN.com: “Judge: No delay for Jerry Sandusky trial”

The Associated Press reported “The judge in Jerry Sandusky’s 52-count child sex abuse case on Wednesday rejected a defense attorney’s request for a two-month delay and indicated he was reluctant to push back the May 14 start of jury selection. Judge John Cleland’s eight-page memo and order said a postponement should only be a last resort and would require concrete justification.”

The full article can be read by clicking here.


About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.


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