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PSU faces $27.6 million legal bill

February 16, 2013

STATE COLLEGE (AP) — Penn State’s bill for legal fees, consultants and other costs associated with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal stands at more than $27.6 million....

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Feb-16-13 5:26 AM

I don't understand why the University is picking up most of this tab for legal fees when this was a criminal act of individuals. I can understand the expenses for defending the University, but individuals acting outside of the University's rules and policies should foot their own legal bills, Presidents and Administrators included. It's not like they were not making a huge amount of money. They are all paid handsomely to stay within the rules and we still have to pay when they don't!

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Feb-16-13 5:33 AM

Penn State has three employees charged with lying to a grand jury and facing trials.

Spanier was in charge of an organization that did exactly what the Catholic Church did....look the other way with regard to their beloved Sandusky.

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Feb-16-13 6:54 AM

eriklatranyi nailed this one. Don't worry Francine, they will be found guilty.

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Feb-16-13 8:01 AM

Erik, I'm disappointed, as an alum in the total ineptitude shown by the board and senior officials. However, it was and is not an NCAA matter. It is and was a criminal matter that did not impact the athletics, which the NCAA governs.

Ted, the reason the University is picking up the tab, I suspect, is because the responsibility for legal fees incurred while doing the University business is in their contract. If so, they have no choice. Another example of ineptitude (although it is probably standard throughout the collegiate and other systems) shown by the University.

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Feb-16-13 10:04 AM

Corbett's office initially received the investigation in 1999, and did nothing to check out the allegations against Sandusky, so Corbett also looked the other way.

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Feb-16-13 11:15 AM

The company I work for makes it painfully clear that if in the course of doing business, I break any laws or company policies that lead to charges that I would require legal representation for, I am on my own for the cost of my legal defense fees.

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Feb-16-13 1:43 PM

Ted, my guess is that the employment contract for those upper end officials provides for representation for matters dealt with in the course of their employ, which this was. Even though it was a criminal matter it was by university officials operating in an official capacity. I don't like it, but that's the way it is. Perhaps if employees knew, as you do, that their actions which incur legal recourse for criminal behavior would be subject to their own legal representation the employees would make more measured and prudent decisions.

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Feb-16-13 6:38 PM


You should not be surprised. Spanier brought a radical embrace of the LGBT agenda, including pedophilia with him to Penn State.

The culture was to never "judge" another person's sexual preference, even if it was little boys.

This is a perfect example of the "no limits" liberal agenda on display.

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Feb-16-13 7:35 PM

Erik, I have had many gay and lesbian friends (and probably some I didn't know about) over the years. I do not believe for one second that pedophilia is part of their lifestyle, nor would they condone it. Are there probably a small percentage who are warped like that? Likely. Just as likely as in the "straight" community.

We will see in the prosecution and trial of Spanier and company how this plays out. It is sad that with so much money going to the lawyers that many kids will have to pay more or may not be able to go to Penn State. Once again the only ones winning are the lawyers.

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Feb-16-13 7:45 PM

I can't wait to watch PSU and Harrisburg when they grovel open handed to the tax payer to help them resolve an internal issue. The tax payer must help us! It's for the children, blah blah blah.

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Feb-18-13 6:28 AM

This entire situation is b.s. the NCAA overstepped their bounds. Secondly, why is Penn State footing the bill for Sandusky's court costs? What I'd like to know is what progress is being made with Governor Corbett's lawsuit vs. the NCAA, because this entire situation is complete b.s.

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Feb-18-13 6:32 AM

Secondly, frankly it makes me sick how many people have jumped on the "I Hate Penn State" bandwagon since this has happened. Especially hatred against the football team, which had nothing to do with it. Like it or not, the bowl ban and scholarship reductions need to be overturned.

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