November 4, 2012 |
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The charges filed last week accusing three former Penn State administrators of engaging in a "conspiracy of silence" to cover up child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky raise questions about whether legendary football Coach Joe Paterno could have been charged if he were still living. Former university President Graham Spanier and the others face charges including perjury and endangering the welfare of children. "To be fair and consistent, you have to read this as a posthumous indictment of Joe Paterno," said law professor Wes Oliver of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
November 1, 2012 |
Former Penn State President Graham B. Spanier was charged Thursday with conspiring with top university officials to cover up the actions of football coach Jerry Sandusky, convicted of abusing young boys he first groomed with gifts. Spanier, president of the university for 16 years, is the third top university official to be criminally charged in the Sandusky scandal. The others, Timothy M. Curley and Gary C. Schultz, have been previously charged and will face added counts, Pennsylvania Atty.
November 1, 2012 |
HARRISBURG, Pa. - When it really counted, three top leaders at Penn State University engaged in a "conspiracy of silence" to cover up child sexual abuse allegations against retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, says Pennsylvania Atty. Gen. Linda Kelly. Kelly announced Thursday what some in the Penn State community had expected for months: that former university President Graham Spanier had been charged in the Sandusky sex abuse scandal. "This was not a mistake. This was not an oversight.
October 10, 2012 |
Famed swim coach Mark Schubert, who was accused in a recent wrongful-termination lawsuit of ignoring sexually inappropriate behavior between a coach and swimmers, has in court documents dismissed the claims as "distortions and lies. " Swim coach and philanthropist Dia Rianda filed the suit last month in Orange County Superior Court against Schubert, who is the chief executive officer of Golden West Swim Club in Huntington Beach. Most notably, Schubert was the head of the U.S. national team until 2010 and a fixture on the Olympic scene for decades, having trained an impressive number of world-class athletes, including distance star Janet Evans, who won four Olympic gold medals.
October 9, 2012 |
Famed swim coach Mark Schubert, who was accused in a recent wrongful-termination lawsuit of ignoring sexually inappropriate behavior between a coach and swimmers, has in court documents dismissed the claims as “distortions and lies.” Swim coach and philanthropist Dia Rianda filed the suit last month in Orange County Superior Court against Schubert, who is the chief executive officer of Golden West Swim Club in Huntington Beach. Most notably, Schubert was the head of the U.S. national team until 2010 and a fixture on the Olympic scene for decades, having trained an impressive number of world-class athletes, including distance star Janet Evans, who won four Olympic gold medals.
August 20, 2012 |
Melky Cabrera did the right thing. Eventually. Last week the Giants outfielder was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after a positive drug test. Cabrera almost immediately released a statement admitting his "use of a substance I should not have used" and that he would not fight the suspension. Good for him. If you've done something wrong, just come clean. Not only is it the right thing to do morally, but it's a great PR move. Just ask Andy Pettitte. Plus, he wouldn't be wasting everyone's time and resources with an appeal, hoping to get off on a technicality like a certain 2011 National League MVP may or may not have done.
August 10, 2012 |
BEIJING - The flamboyant police official who blew the whistle onChina's most sensational murder case by fleeing to a U.S. Consulate appears headed for prosecution himself. Four underlings of the official, Wang Lijun, went on trial Friday on charges of covering up the poisoning in November of a British consultant on behalf of Gu Kailai, the powerful wife of former Chongqing Communist Party chairman Bo Xilai. And during Gu's trial Thursday, the prosecution claimed that Gu had repeatedly discussed with Wang the idea of killing Neil Heywood, and that the two had plotted for Heywood to be slain during what looked like a drug raid, according to a lawyer who attended the closed proceedings.
July 24, 2012 |
A Roman Catholic monsignor, William J. Lynn, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Tuesday for covering up sexual abuses by a priest he supervised in Philadelphia. “You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong,” Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said, according to media reports from the courtroom. “I did not intend any harm,” Lynn said in court Tuesday. “My best was not good enough to stop that harm.” A former secretary for clergy to the late Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, Lynn managed priests and investigated claims of misconduct from 1992 to 2004.
July 12, 2012 |
The much-anticipated Freeh Report, released Thursday, determined that the leadership at Penn State concealed allegations of sexual assaults against children involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in order to protect the school and its flagship athletic program. Before that, the courts had acted, putting Sandusky behind bars. And the school's Board of Trustees cleaned house long ago. So, could the NCAA be next to act? In a statement Thursday, an NCAA spokesman said Penn State must still answer key questions posed by the NCAA concerning compliance with NCAA bylaws: institutional control, ethics policies and the policies and procedures it has in place to monitor, prevent and detect issues raised in a grand jury report on the scandal.
June 24, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa said Sunday that he has no evidence the White House was involved in what could be a Justice Department "cover up” to contain fallout from the botched “Fast and Furious” operation. In a series of interviews on the political talk shows, the California Republican repeatedly accused Justice Department officials of lying to Congress about the gun-trafficking sting operation and withholding documents from congressional investigators.