Judge approves Sandusky investigative report; Corbett to have chance to respond
HARRISBURG — A judge overseeing the release of Attorney General Kathleen Kane's report on why the investigation of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky took almost three years on Tuesday approved that report, which now goes to Gov. Tom Corbett, the former attorney general, for a response.
The report examines whether Corbett delayed the investigation for political reasons as he ran for governor in 2010.
Sandusky, a former Penn State University assistant football coach, was arrested in 2011 and university trustees fired legendary football coach Joe Paterno, causing upheaval on the State College campus.
The judge's approval was a hurdle for Kane to meet in order to ready the report for public release.
Cambria County Judge Norman A. Krumenacher III approved the report's contents, a step that was necessary because it contains grand jury testimony. Grand juries meet in secret.
Kane told the Tribune-Review on Monday that the report may be released this month. She hired Widener University Law School professor H. Geoffery Moulton to conduct the investigation as a special deputy paid $74 an hour.
Moulton is a former federal prosecutor who investigated the FBI's handling of the 1993 Waco Branch Davidian compound in which 76 people were killed.
The report, fulfilling a campaign promise for Kane, a Democrat, comes at a critical time for the Republican governor, who is trying to tie together a difficult state budget while facing a deficit exceeding $1.2 billion in an election year. He trails Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf in an early poll for the November election.
“What is expected from this report is the facts,” Kane on Tuesday told Pennlive's editorial board in an interview streamed online. “It is a very fair and accurate report.”
Among those Moulton interviewed were Corbett and former Chief Deputy Frank Fina, who oversaw the Sandusky investigation and is said to be a key figure in the report.
Corbett and Fina have the opportunity to respond in writing. It's not known how long they have to review the report.
Fina works for Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. Both have been at odds with Kane over a legislative sting case she declined to prosecute. Five Philadelphia Democrats, including four legislators, were recorded taking cash by an undercover informant. Kane sent the case file to Williams.
Kane questioned the timing of leaked details of the sting case, which became public in March, as efforts were underway to wrap up the Sandusky report.
When she was asked during the Pennlive interview about her biggest regret from her first 18 months as attorney general, Kane said the “most difficult” decision was not prosecuting a case.
“That's the truth,” Kane said. “There's no doubt that was a difficult decision,” an apparent reference to the sting.
Brad Bumsted is Trib Total Media's state Capitol reporter. Reach him at 717-797-1405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Pirates can’t waste McCutchen’s prime
- East Huntingdon man dies following police chase
- Giants, Bumgarner shut out Pirates in wild-card game
- Pirates’ Martin calls crowd chant ‘petty special’
- Steelers pressing to create opportunities to get to quarterback
- Consol Energy cutting retiree health benefits, phasing out pension
- Steelers notebook: Mitchell aware of need to reduce penalties
- Highmark to increase premiums, limit access to health care in new plans
- Woman dies in fall at McConnells Mill State Park
- Search for pilot of ultralight aircraft to resume Thursday
- Penguins’ Sutter is determined to keep scoring pressure on