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Jerry Sandusky Faces up to 460 Years in Prison:
Sandusky is reportedly facing up to 460 years in prison for forty criminal charges, including six first-degree counts of deviated sexual intercourse, spanning fourteen-years.
Former Penn State Players Donating Money to Sandusky’s Defense:
Just when we thought no one was on Sandusky’s side …
Sam Stellatella, a three-position player in the 1950s, has donated money to Sandusky’s defense and urged other former players to do the same.
“I told him he’s going to need a million dollars to defend himself,” the 73-year-old Stellatella said. “He called me back and said, ‘What am I going to do with this money?’ I said, ‘Use it for your lawyer because you’re going to need it.’ ”
Stellatella sent Sandusky $100. He wrote personal letters to other members of the 1959 Liberty Bowl team that defeated a Bear Bryant-coached Alabama team and asked they also donate. He does not know how much money was raised.
“I know some of the guys sent money,” Stellatella told The Associated Press. “Here’s the thing, these are horrendous charges against him. But he’s still entitled to his day in court. Everybody’s prejudged him. He’s done horrendous damage to Paterno and (athletic director Tim) Curley and the football program. I don’t listen to the news and I don’t read the reports of what he did because I would get too upset.
“But he’s still entitled to his day in court.”
There you go, Sandusky. You just got a one-hundred dollar bill from a former player who has no idea of the specific actions that you did to those innocent boys. Make sure you spend it before you go to prison for the rest of your life.
The fact that not just one, but many former players have given this man money is stunning.
Assistant Who Saw Sandusky and Boy in Shower WILL NOT Coach Saturday:
The initial report was that Mike McQueary, the assistant coach who witnessed Jerry Sandusky raping a young boy in the locker room shower was still going to coach this Saturday against Nebraska. However, the board of trustees — the same ones who called for the firing of Joe Paterno — decided that McQueary will not coach because of multiple death threats:
Penn State issued a release late Thursday expressing concern for the former quarterback’s safety: “Due to multiple threats made against assistant coach Mike McQueary, the university has decided it would be in the best interest of all for assistant coach McQueary not to be in attendance at Saturday’s Nebraska game.”
McQueary Protected Under Pennsylvania’s “Whistleblower Law?”:
The Whistleblower law, according to the Pennsylvania legislature, “[provides] protection for employees who report a violation or suspected violation of State, local or Federal law.”
Therefore, whether you agree or not, legally, Mike McQueary keeps his job as an assistant coach at Penn State.
So, why doesn’t the Whistleblower Law protect Joe Pa?:
McQueary, a former Penn State quarterback, has faced immense criticism this week for not calling police, interrupting the act or, in the nine years since he was an eyewitness, demanding answers about why Sandusky was never charged. But Stephen Kohn, the executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center in Washington, D.C., believes reporting the incident to Paterno alone could be enough to protect McQueary under the state’s whistle-blower law.
“If they were to fire him because he made the disclosure and reported it, then he would be protected,” Kohn said. “Just because he’s unpopular, just because people blame him for having the head coach dismissed, he can’t be fired for any of that.”
That might help explain why Paterno spent Thursday on a couch in his home and McQueary was still at the practice facility helping players prepare for Nebraska. As Kohn explained it, even though McQueary was the actual witness, the level of reporting responsibility for a then-28-year-old graduate assistant and a legendary head coach is far different.
“You have to look at where the employee is on the totem pole,” Kohn said. “There are different expectations at different levels. A manager versus an employee. A student versus a teacher. It’s just how it goes. The last thing you want to do is create an environment where people don’t even tell the supervisor.”
The Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law:
Here’s exactly what the Pennsylvania State Legislature says about the Whistleblower Law.
Pennsylvania Governor Had to Warn Students:
It’s bad enough that the University, campus, and the entire state of Pennsylvania has to deal with the shame brought upon them in this unfortunate tragedy. It’s even worse that the Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, had to warn the students of PSU to stop their rioting.
Top PSU Recruit Decommitts:
It was only a matter of time …
O’Connor, a four-star recruit that was the top prospect in the Nittany Lions’ class, called the Penn State staff to let it know it was no longer in his “best interest considering the scandal and uncertainty surrounding the program.”
“It was a definitely a decision I had to make,” O’Connor said. “I just didn’t know what would happen. The best interest for me now is to explore my options. The whole situation is tragic. My heart goes to the victims and families. They’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.
Scandal Covered-Up since 1995:
A timeline of truly stunning reports stating that people voiced concerns of Sandusky’s behavior with children as early as 1995.
But one opinion that may surprise is that of Harrisburg civil attorney Ben Andreozzi. He has been advising some of the alleged victims of former Penn State defensive coach Jerry Sandusky, but released a statement [Via Pennlive.com] that is certain to raise a few eyebrows:
“The board of trustees got it wrong. They should have consulted the victims before making a decision on Mr. Paterno…They should have considered these victims watch TV and are aware of the students’ reaction and may not want to be associated with the downfall of Mr. Paterno. The school instead elected to do what it felt was in its own best interest at the time. Isn’t that what put the school in this position in the first place?”