Jerry Sandusky Subject Of New BOMBSHELL Molestation Allegation: His Defense Attorney Joseph Amedola’s Nephew Jonathan- Federal Civil Suit Filed- Prank Or Prudent?

On Wednesday June 27th, the latest allegation against convicted child molester Gerald “Jerry” Sandusky hit the Northern Virginia Civil Courts.  A Pro Se Federal personal injury suit was filed by a man certifying himself as Jonathan Amendola. He requests a  restraining order based on fear of imminent bodily injury, and that Uncle Joe- does not care and never has.

Jonathan Amendola,  an alleged nephew of Jerry Sandusky’s defense attorney Joseph Amendola claims Jerry Sandusky touched his crotch,  kissed his earlobe while he was urinating and subsequently threatened him in 1991 while traveling with the football team as a “PSU” fan.

Courtesy of The Republic


The request for a restraining order reads, in pertinent part:





And Then…


As mysteriously as it appeared,  Mr. Amendola faxed a request to withdraw the suit, and the motion was granted.


On June 28th, via fax, Jonathan Amendola filed to withdraw the suit, and it’s dismissal, which was granted by her Honor Judge Keeley.




v.                                CRIMINAL NO. 1:12CV107 (Judge Keeley)



On June 28, 2012, the pro se plaintiff, Jonathan Amendola (“Amendola”), moved to withdraw this lawsuit (dkt. no. 4). Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(i), a plaintiff may dismiss an action without a court order by filing a notice of dismissal before the opposing party files an answer or a motion for summary judgment. Insofar as the defendant in this case has not yet appeared, the Court GRANTS Amendola’s motion (dkt. no. 4) and ORDERS that this case be DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE and STRICKEN from the docket of this Court.

It is so ORDERED.

The Court directs the Clerk of Court to mail a copy of this Order to the pro se plaintiff via certified mail, return receipt requested.

DATED: June 29, 2012

/s/ Irene M. Keeley                IRENE M. KEELEY


Now you see it, now you don’t.   Uh, I  mean, you still can.  Without prejudice and stricken from the docket do make it invisible.


Early fireworks for the Independence Day Celebrations of the Amendola clan?


Or is this suit one of many pranks that appears to be filed by the same idiot who is not aware that receipt numbers for faxes and certified mail are tracked by the USPS and the FBI respectively?

If so, we will be sure to make his acquaintance in the near future facing Federal criminal charges.


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  1. Word Girl says:

    hey ATG, great insight there! She could have been living a hellish existence…at least one with a great deal of internal turmoil…which she may have buried with busyness.

    May we all grow and learn from this Nittany Nightmare.

  2. Rose says:

    a handy timeline:
    Did Curley-Schultz take the keys, notify TSM, & child welfare? This seems at variance
    with emails. Would be nice to know email dates.
    Gricar disappeared 2 weeks after verbal lee press conference.
    Would be nice to see Karen Arnold run again. But she
    needs a $ backer.

  3. beejay says:

    I left out the best part about the most recent (after Jer was jailed, that is) suspicious activity at Dottie’s house. Right away the local chief of police said the activity was “”totally unrelated” to any of the crimes Sandusky was convicted of.”

    Read more here:

    Shades of Kyron’s disappearance from Skyline.

    For humor, though, CDT used a file photo with that article of Rominger trotting along behind JS in front of the house. Priceless!

    1. If a report was made, he has no basis to withhold it. FTLOG, will these people ever learn?

    2. lol, beejay is on my page, is that a PSU shirt he wore to the eval? This guy.

    Thanks Blink for feedback on hanging questions.

  4. beejay says:

    Rose said, “…in a CW investigation of sex abuse (which would involve youth detectives) all the facts surrounding JS’s then recent early retirement based on his conversations with JP would come out. And possibly earlier incidents.”

    I think once PSU got into covering up JS’ crimes and related activities they just couldn’t stop. You’re so right. At any point a close look would’ve pulled a loose thread on that sweater. Paterno was so wise, though inadvertently so, to not put things in writing/electronic form. That’s not an accusation; I have an opinion, but am withholding judgment.

    BTW, I looked at Mt Nittany Medical Ctr’s 2001 JCAHO full site-visit report. It looked fine. I didn’t go back to earlier ones. Or later ones, but they’re probably all available online if anyone wants to.

  5. beejay says:

    @Rose: you’re too modest. You help me form “data” into “information” dear lady. That’s when I understand you. So, TY

  6. beejay says:

    The reason Megan Rash was such a shocking witness (58+ / 0-)

    for the defense. I have debated whether or not to bring this up since the trial began, but given what happened yesterday I think it needs to be addressed.

    As I said-we do know how her brother died. He died in a motorcycle accident in 2008-around the same time that investigators were knocking on doors, trying to find other victims. Shortly after midnight on August 5th, 2008 he drove his motorcycle down a dead end street onto the railroad tracks, wearing no helmet. There was not a drop of alcohol in his system. He was in his own neighborhood.

    He was friends with the victims, as his sister testified. In fact, his name has been mentioned several times throughout the trial. Victim #7, for example, said that he stayed in contact with Sandusky until 2007-and that it was a conversation with him that ultimately changed his opinion on the man, and made him decide to stay away from him completely. In a picture that is often shown, Jerry Sandusky is surrounded by a group of young boys. All of those boys are identified as victims in this case-all except for one. Him.

    He was a Second Mile kid. Sources I have spoken to say that-contrary to Ms. Rash’s testimony-he DID go on outings alone with Jerry Sandusky-and often.

    Do I have proof that he was sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky? No. Do I have proof that he committed suicide? No. Even if he did commit suicide, do I have proof that the two were related? No.

    What I do know is this-This young certainly man did not think highly of Jerry Sandusky. And he was friends with 3 of Jerry Sandusky’s victims.

    And today, out of all of the people in the world, Joe Amendola asked his baby sister to take the stand and defend him.

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”- MLK

    by SwedishJewfish on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 04:51:39 AM PDT


    (I posted all the daily trial note links by this lady from TreeClimbers a day or two ago. There’s rich material there that you won’t find many other places–for you diggers!)

  7. beejay says:


    Joe Paterno? Or possibly Joe Battista? Or, an error???? I know in another instance that Paterno “had” a text msg or something sent out to all the players. Just becaues he didn’t personally keyboard, doesn’t mean he didn’t have an employee who did do that for him when needed. Here’s a new one:

    “The 2007 disciplinary case stemmed from an off-campus fight involving as many as two dozen football players. After the incident, Mr. Paterno wrote to Graham B. Spanier, the university’s president, and “Tim”—presumably Mr. Curley—through an e-mail account used by the coach’s assistant, Sandi Segursky.

    “I want to make sure everyone understands that the discipline of the players involved will be handled by me as soon as I am comfortable that I know all the facts,” said the April 7, 2007, e-mail, which was signed “Joe.”

    “This is my understanding as well,” wrote Mr. Spanier in response.”

  8. beejay says:

    i’m afraid that was paterno’s admin asst, sandi, who sent that email

    for instance, in 2004:

    All the media are picking it up now. wildfire

    Right Beejay- I sincerely hope the MSM picks up on this, as I have seen the coverage all day.

    In a court of law, this is flat out hearsay. Blame the dead guy. Anyone else still think CurlSchultz team did not release these?

    I do not doubt Joepa was behind some of these, but seriously?


  9. Word Girl says:

    From the timeline Rose provided we have the approximate dates of DEA agent Sassano’s narcotic investigation. Just to refresh our memories and raise a few more questions:

    “November 2010: AG Office Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control Agent Anthony Sassano, conducting a narcotics investigation, performs a “toll search” of telephone records and gets a hit on the office PACE system (Police Assisted Computerized Entry) that reveals to Sassano the Sandusky pedophile investigation that has stalled within the AG’s office. Agent Sassano soon learns of the 1998 and 2002 pedophile complaints involving Sandusky.”

    Further, in a separate Keisling January 9, 2012″

    “At the time the pedophile case was first received by the AG’s office in 2009, particulars of the case were, by routine procedure, entered into the Office of Attorney General’s PACE computer system database. PACE is an acronym for Police Automated Computer Entry.

    The PACE system is a computerized indexing and intelligence system. It allows law enforcement personnel to discover if a potential target is under investigation by other law enforcement officers or agencies.”

    “At the start of Agent Sassano’s investigation, the narcotics agent conducted a routine “toll search.” A toll search involves the search of phone calls made by criminal suspects.

    In the standard course of such an investigation, a narcotics agent such as Sassano must file an ‘affidavit of probable cause’ with a court to receive the suspects’ phone records. The object is to discover the parties who are talking to an alleged drug distributor, the frequency and duration of the calls, who is talking to whom, and so forth.

    Narcotics Agent Sassano routinely entered information about those involved in his investigation into the PACE cross-indexing and intelligence system. Sassano got a “hit” and discovered that Sandusky was also under investigation for a pedophile complaint by Corbett’s heretofore-inactive state trooper and prosecutor.

    Pedophile cases for diverse social or political reasons can languish for years, experts say. Not so narcotics cases.”

    Bill Keisling cites the Grand Jury presentment where Sassano testified.
    “The grand jury presentment that netted Sandusky states, on page 5, without elaboration:

    ‘Office of Attorney General Narcotics Agent Anthony Sassano testified concerning phone records that establish 61 phone calls from Sandusky’s home phone to Victim 1’s home phone between January 2008 and July 2009. In that same time, there were 57 calls from Sandusky’s cell phone to Victim 1’s home phone. There were four calls made from Victim 1’s home phone to Sandusky’s cell phone and one call from Victim 1’s mother’s cell phone to Sandusky’s cell phone. There were no calls made to Sandusky’s home phone by Victim 1 during that time period.’”

  10. beejay says:

    In the last hour I’ve seen two sources indicating that it was recent interviews by DOE investigators (Clery Act violations inquiry)who spilled the latest beans about Paterno’s admin asst’s emails. Or whoever’s it was.

    Here’s a snip from WJAC’s:

    “Two people at the university familiar with the investigations told The Associated Press that athletic department staffers were among those interviewed by Department of Education officials since revelations about the email exchanges. The two people, who were also interviewed by Freeh’s team, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the investigations.”

    Only org chart chart, undated, that I can find shows Sandi transferred to another area at PSU in student athlete svcs. Sue Sherburne works for that dept, too, although in a diff bldg. Sue did some liason work with some of TSM’s programs. We posted that here when Mark Sherburne was fired.

  11. Word Girl says:

    The link for the additional Keisling article 1/9/12:

    “Tom didn’t want to do it,” Keisling quotes an unnamed Corbett associate, referring to investigating Jerry Sandusky on criminal charges resulting from the psycho-sexual condition of pedophilia.

  12. A Texas Grandfather says:

    Thanks for the link to piece written by the former editor of the university newspaper.

    This is an excellent support piece for the work of JoPa and the university. The thing that is overlooked in this piece has to do with the idea of a brilliant football defensive coach could also be a pedaphile. I think that he is trying in his own way to provide some place of care and safety for the students and that is good.

    We have no written word of JoPa that speaks to the activities of JS regarding his knowledge and suspicion of bad behavior with the youngsters he was abusing. Because the university administration chose to in their words “be humane” this behavior continued for another ten years.

    While the action of the BOT to fire JoPa may have been tough, they were disgusted with what they found so they just cleared out everyone. When you are the “boss” and things don’t go as they should, one should not be suprised that you are made responsible for it.

  13. beejay says:

    Small point here, but just so everyone reading is clear on this. Sassano is not and was not a DEA agent. That’s federal level. He’s an investigator(agent) with the State of PA’s Office of the Atty General.

    “Be humane” is an example of how bureaucrats talk to each other when they don’t want to call a spade a spade. After awhile, I don’t even think they can think straight.

    I’d pay a buck to see someone publish an article, after we get all the facts, with erose’s “Hoist by their own Petard” title! It’s a double-edged sword “gentlemen.”

  14. beejay says:

    The alledged Spanier email comment about the PSU conspirators’ message getting ‘heard’ bothers me so much. How do you devise a plan you call “humane” and in the next breath allude to getting the message across that you’ll cover for JS (for the last time) so long as he reads you loud and clear that he’s to keep his criminal behavior off your campus, etc?

    The other thing that I’m stewing over is IF we have a reasonably accurate picture of the PSU-plan, then Curley is the pivotal man who swayed the others. Had he not called for the new plan, then the original, far-better plan would have gone forward.

    Doesn’t matter if Joe twisted his arm. Curley persuaded the others. Which makes me wonder what happened in that short interim?

    Did someone (maybe Joe; maybe someone else) give him new info that influenced his thinking? Did Curley reflect on something he already knew, and decide to give it more weight?

    At that point, there were 3 Sandusky assaults on campus. 1998 shower which generated a 100-pg PSU police report and involved outside agencies including the DA. Then the 2000 janitor-witnessed assault in the shower. And, the then-recent McQueary-witnessed shower assault. This would’ve been the third strike.

    And, of the three, only 1 victim has so far been identified. The other 2 are what I wonder about in terms of Curley’s change of mind. Will we find out more if the US Atty’s Office gets those financial records for Board member payments to third parties on behalf of PSU?

    Curley changed the plan; the other 2 signed off on it. If someone wants to say Joe MADE him, then I say No, all he had to do was turn it back on Joe. Go public with it if need be. Grow a set of—–. I just sense there was something pivotal with Curley then.

    And, he didn’t (as we hear the tale) lay it all off on Joe, either. He said after reflecting on it, and talking to Joe. If it were all Joe, let’s assume his ego would’ve allowed him to say, Hey, I’m just the messenger here and Joe says he’s not on board with Plan A.

  15. Rose says:

    well, what an enlightening url
    TY Beejay.
    Towards the close, it’s apparent  JP got Franny as asst ad football because he was bummed with Curley scheduling F-ups.

    JP says this 2004 four year K, negotiated with Curley…just like sex abuse reporting) is an extension of a prior K. Now there’s a question for Freeh.  In each of the 2 prior Ks with JP (he says Ks began in 1972), (1) what date did Curley begin negotiations; (2) what date was the K inked by JP?  

    Looking of course for correlations with and impact on contracts if in 1998 or 2001. 

    my early support, til I got professional jobs, was as an AA.  
    Both multiple Fed offices & the private sector.  No competent AA would do other than type her boss’ words, correcting for grammar & spelling.  The AA excuse will cut no mustard. 

  16. Word Girl says:

    Regarding Joe Paterno’s emailing habits, I’ve been meaning to look for a quote about Louis Freeh that says he doesn’t email or text.

    Anyone have that at hand?

  17. Word Girl says:

    Oh, maybe I did post about this before. It was in a National Geography special called “The FBI” which is quoted here by a writer at a poker industry news magazine:

    “the National Geographic special The FBI says that upon assuming his position at the head of the Bureau, Freeh actually had the computer in his office removed. Some critics charged that the outdated computer systems in place when he left the FBI in the summer of 2001 contributed to the FBI’s inability to “connect the dots” and foresee the 9/11 attacks.”

  18. erose says:

    There’s letters seal’d: and my two schoolfellows, Whom I will trust as I will adders fang’d, They bear the mandate; they must sweep my way And marshal me to knavery. Let it work; For ’tis the sport to have the enginer Hoist with his own petar; and ‘t shall go hard But I will delve one yard below their mines And blow them at the moon: O, ’tis most sweet, When in one line two crafts directly meet. – Hamlet by WS

    btw petar = fart

  19. erose says:

    ESPN now reports it has a source that has read all of the emails.

    Report to shed light on PSU scandal

    “Much of the focus will be on the culture of the football program, with findings that go back more than a decade,” said a Penn State official briefed on the inquiry, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It’s going to be very tough on Joe (Paterno).”

    Lawyers for Curley and Schultz filed a motion June 15 requesting a wide array of material from prosecutors, including records relating to Wendell Courtney, a former Penn State chief counsel who resigned as lawyer to The Second Mile last November after Sandusky’s arrest.

    A source who has reviewed all the early 2001 emails said the few that have been leaked “are definitely out of context. We think the one that was released was the worst one for everybody.”

  20. Rose says:

    @beejay. I believe JP had the power to ask his AD be fired. Or JP could not ink that new contract saying he was uncomfortable with his AD. I expect Curley did not want ro move to another U for family reasons. I can’t imagine any AD rolling over on JP. He’d be informally banned from his line of work in any college imo. PS probably paid him well to babysit JP’s demands & serve as a buffer.

  21. beejay says:

    Let me say a bit more. Would Curley have risked telling his co-conspirators (Schultz and Spanier) that Joe’s input swayed Curley’s opinion if Joe had not done so? No; it would’ve been too risky; they could’ve decided to talk to Joe themselves. So, Curley did talk to Joe. What Joe said–who know? We never will.

    So, as the tale goes, we’re to believe that Plan A was immediately scrapped on Curley’s own re-thinking (with purported input from Joe).
    Curley’s email back to Spanier doesn’t fit well, for me, with Joe telling him absolutely not–you will trash Plan A.

    That email should have much more strongly emphasized Joe nixing Plan A. ESPECIALLY if Curley talked to Joe AFTER legal counsel’s input on the legalities of the various options. There should have been more back-and-forth amongst the Big-3 if Joe twisted Curley’s arm at variance with legal counsel. These men were all risking legal liability down the road (as they are now experiencing).

    Part of my confusion is I haven’t yet got it straight about when Curley talked to Joe and when the 3 co-conspirators held the 3 hour meeting with input from counsel.

    I think the big-3 mtg came first. Then Plan A. Then Curley talked with Joe. Right?

    Help, please

  22. beejay says:

    “The lawyers [for Curley and Schultz] also are seeking the identity of the boy in the shower. The jury acquitted Sandusky of the count that had charged him with anal sodomy of the boy, identified only as “Victim 2.”"

    Well, Sandusky said he offered to tell Curley who the boy was at the time, didn’t he? Hindsight’s 20/20

    I’m so over the finger-pointing, little boys. You’re all white-collar criminals in my mind. Not impressed here by your credentials or stature in the community or academia.

    Get ready to work on your tennis serve in the toney prison you’ll spend a few months in. Possibly. Or, just prepare to fork over some dough in civil suits. The money hurts your kind the worst, doesn’t it?

    I’ll just take my anti-bitch pills now.

  23. erose says:

    That term “humane” has been a linguistic anchor for meaning in those emails. It emerges first in the response from Spanier, whose presidency was advised by his expertise in sociology and family therapy. In 2001, the same year that McQueary came forward to report witnessing Sandusky engaged in an “extremely sexual” act with a young boy in the showers of a football facility on campus, Spanier published an article entitled The Soul That Resides Within Us which appeared in The Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences.

    In it, he wrote, “Among my highest priorities has always been to ‘humanize’ the university.” Advocating for the idea of “putting people first”, he continued,

    “In meetings, private interactions, public appearances, and decisions, I think a lot about the people involved. How are they affected personally by the discussion or the decision? What is the impact on the quality of life of individuals and families?”

    From the same article, the quote we have read over and over. The only defense they seem to have left. Of course it does not explain the lies, or the blatant disregard for the victims, but somehow the decisions made met with the same moral compass as the governor’s.

    “For Curley, Schultz, Spanier and Paterno, the responsible and “humane” thing to do was, like Governor Corbett, to carefully and responsibly assess the best way to handle vague, but troubling allegations. Faced with tough situations, good people try to do their best to make the right decisions.”

    And from the article…(you have to pay to get the rest, and why when the first line sums it all up, IMO.)

    I’m not sure that our profession per se has a soul at all. But I believe that those who are attracted to our profession do.The soul resides in us-individually, through our professional associations, and perhaps even collectively in the application of our work. We tend to hold some values in common, values that undoubtedly separate us from what might be discovered among those attracted to some other fields. But I’m not sure there are any tenet of the field, norms of religiosity, or uniformity of political views that define our soul as a profession. We require no litmus tests. And we purport that our research is at least scientifically rigorous and statistically pure, if not entirely value …

  24. erose says:

    I believe the profession does have a soul, but Spainer was disassociating himself, giving us a glimpse in to his moral corruption, much like Sandusky did in his writings, there are clues.

  25. beejay says:

    Rose: I’m sure Curley and the others had their own personal reasons and acted, always, in what they perceived to be their own best interest. As humans are wont to do. Fortunately, many people have a conscience that would not permit them to go along with Plan B (a gift from their upbringing, their faith, and their own examinations of self). A strong conscience and sense of compassion makes ALL decisions easy. Not so much the consequences of doing what conscience dictates.

    Being able to look at yourself in the mirror without flinching, though no one may ever know except you that you did what was right–well, that’s truly priceless! It does not, however, pay off particularly well in our society. We get to pick what’s more valuable.

  26. Kate says:

    Rose says:

    July 7, 2012 at 7:18 am

    @beejay. I believe JP had the power to ask his AD be fired. Or JP could not ink that new contract saying he was uncomfortable with his AD. I expect Curley did not want ro move to another U for family reasons. I can’t imagine any AD rolling over on JP. He’d be informally banned from his line of work in any college imo. PS probably paid him well to babysit JP’s demands & serve as a buffer.

    ITA Rose…

    MY common sense tells me that Paterno absolutely had the power to get rid of his AD as well as call many shots outside of his “job description” and the chain of command.

    My common sense also has been telling me, from the beginning, that he is a key player in the cover-up (I want to end that sentence with a DUH…but I won’t).

    i.e. Triponey tried to do her job according to her job description but Paterno wasn’t going to have any of that. (Spanier defers to Paterno with a meek, “This is my understanding as well,”.

  27. A Texas Grandfather says:

    Word Girl

    Your link about Tom Ridge and Louis Free tells the story like it really should be told. IMO both of these guys are totally incompetent to hold most of the jobs they have worked. All they can do is parley their government connections to make money.

    I was spending time updating computer systems in various LE agencies in Texas when the Waco attack took place. In that mix, I came to know several Texas Rangers that worked the case of the Branch Dividians.
    It IMO, was proof that our federal justice systems was used to attack the people of the US.

    Louis Freeh is an attorney. During this time there was a big transition going on in the computer world. The FBI was using main frame computers with some smart and dumb terminals. The small powerful computers of today wern’t even a dream in some designers minds.

    E-mails as we think of them today were not possible. I would be very suprised to find a real computer in Freeh’s office. It would have been a smart terminal attached to a communication controller that routed the signals to a mainframe computer. Most of those terminals in executive offices were never used. It was a perk of importance, not a functional tool.

    This is not to say that some people in the IT side of the FBI and the telephony side were not experminting with newer technology. It just was not a part of the executive functions.

    Our federal and state govenment with the exception of some of the very advanced military and intelligence gatheriing computers is so far behind the business sectors use that it is astounding to me how much money has been spent with little to show for it.

    The internet we see today is a far cry from what existed in 1992. Tim Berners-Lee had just invented the concept of a visual internet using the hypertext transport protocal (http). Prior to that time, File Transport Protocal (ftp) was the way to move information.

    I would think that a proper investigation of the acts by JP would have to include searching for e-mails sent by his administrative assistant. I doubt if JP bothered to learn very much about using computers.

    I also agree with Rose in her post at 7:18 regarding the fact that JP was in charge of the football program and Curley was just a figurehead athletic director.

  28. Rose says:

    agreed beejay. Curley & Schultz should’ve flipped off Spanier/JP ages ago.
    But, that they were put in that position, while being given no real institutional power,
    was a B O A R D issue. An AD and a CFO
    had zero business in this child sex abuse matter in terms of institutional
    disposition. All 3 should’ve called in to the anonymous tip line themselves
    (PA has one?????) and also flipped it to Legal
    as to Policy and operationally.
    Unfortunately, Legal WAS the Board effectively, the Board having gotten
    wind of investigation & thinking a former SSCJ was a shield.
    Legal was also the hapless Courtney, who
    continued to rise to the bar of his prior two decades of service.

  29. annals says:

    I remain bewildered about the special emeritus privileges extended to and retained by Sandusky for over a decade, given the circumstances of his retirement.

    The Dec 2011 article (linked below) has a section entitled “Odd Early Departure” which details what was made public about Sandusky’s 1999 retirement decision. By any reading of the factors mentioned, one comes away with the idea that Sandusky was “boxed” into a retirement decision by superior forces. The only, likely force named in the article is Paterno. [That makes perfect sense in light of the 1998 shower incident investigation.]

    But, making the assumption that Paterno boxed Sandusky into a retirement; why oh why, did his retirement package include emeritus status bestowing so much access to the University and football facilities? According to the “A Special Retirement” section of the article;
    “Between 1967 and 1997, two years before Sandusky left, Penn State honored 946 retiring faculty with emeritus status”.
    That’s over 30 per year; they can’t have all received on campus offices, parking privileges, gym access, box seats, etc. By any standard, Sandusky’s emeritus privileges were extraordinary.

    Recent posts here are examining Paterno’s power at the university and especiallly within the authletic dept. He had lots of it; right? If he wanted Sandusky gone, would that have required ceding extraordinary privileges to accomplish? At the time there was:
    “an early retirement financial package then available to other campus employees.
    So, without any extras, Paterno could have boxed Sandusky into a retirement decision that would have provided customary instant benefits.

    I am ignorant of academic and coaching workplace cultures as per retirement &/or termination procedures. Everywhere else in the workplace from the bottom rung to the top; once an employee is gone, they’re GONE. No matter how powerful, influential or beloved the former employee is, he no longer has an office nor a key to the corporate facilities.

    So, I guess that universities are the only places in the work world wherein former employees are not gone gone? Even after scandalous criminal allegations of doings on the premises during employ? Even after yet another scandalous criminal allegation of doings on the premises post retirement? Still not gone, gone? Why?

  30. Word Girl says:

    Thx Beejay for the correction on Sassano’s title. He’s not DEA.

    I’m still not understanding why the Atty General’s office would be running a search, “a toll” on phone numbers. Isn’t that normally begun at the local level?

  31. erose says:

    According to a trustee who did not want be identified because he has no authority to discuss the issue, the Freeh report could be released this week.

    Read more here:

  32. erose says:

    Do we know about these bad business deals?

    ‘Touched’ by Jerry Sandusky with Kip Richeal

    Coach tackles touching and ticklish facts of his life

    Sunday, June 10, 2001

    The book takes a poignant turn when Sandusky writes about his struggles to start Second Mile and some bad business deals that set him back.

  33. erose says:

    MADISON — A spate of hoax lawsuits filed late last month in federal courts around the country — including Madison — against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky appears to have been the work of a serial litigant who has filed thousands of specious federal lawsuits.

    And U.S. District Judge William Conley is not amused.

    The lawsuit is believed to be the work of Jonathan Lee Riches, Conley wrote.

    Riches, Conley wrote, “has vexed the court system with thousands of frivolous lawsuits before his recent release from federal prison.

    Among the more than 2,600 lawsuits he has filed since 2006, according to media reports over the years, were suits against the Kardashian sisters, Michael Vick, Perez Hilton, Martha Stewart, even “the Somali pirates.”

  34. erose says:

    access to different pages including pictures starting on page 110, so more possible insight.

    Sandusky called his grandfather “Judge”

    Jon Sandusky in costume with Robin (cousin)

    Pudding Wrestling Sandusky, Jim Martin and Bobby White

    Super creepy picture IMO of Sandusky, Frank Moiser and Dom Toscani with three TSM kids that look like their “dates.” IMO IMO IMO

    Moiser and wife Leslye are TSM donors and Toscani is on honorary board. Moiser goes back with Sandusky to ’61.

    … HONORABLE MENTION Jerry Sandusky i Wesley Berger Denny Pogany Henry Foley John Coligan Frank Mosier …

    page 10 TSM 2005 Mosier $500-999 donation

    Beejay, You have probably covered this, but this is the first time I have seen the pics.

  35. beejay says:

    @annals: we posted a lot of things about Sandusky’s retirement package way upstream. Here’s a good summary of it, within a much longer article. I’ll snip a bit below; it’s in an AP story that was picked up by other news outlets. I also saw it at Boston Globe.

    Remember, when he retired Penn State, Second Mile, a number of private interests really wanted his continued ability to bring in money. His name still had $$ value; his secret was sort-of/mostly still a “secret”. Here’s the snip:


    …Such privileges are ostensibly rewards for good work – but are sometimes used as sweeteners to encourage someone to leave quietly.

    …Sandusky was promoted to assistant professor of intercollegiate athletics in 1975, in the days when coaches also were teachers. However, he remained in that lower rank throughout his career, never becoming a tenured associate professor.

    Under university policy, assistant professors are not normally eligible for emeritus status, a special honor for “meritorious service” that is often accompanied by an office, parking and other benefits. In fact, Penn State records show, the honor was rarely given to associate professors, who rank higher than assistants.

    The university president could make exceptions. However, they have been rare. Robert Secor, a retired vice provost who dealt with emeritus decisions, said the university tries not to set such precedents.

    Between 1967 and 1997, two years before Sandusky left, Penn State honored 946 retiring faculty with emeritus status. Just one was an assistant professor, according to an AP review of the university’s commencement programs for those 31 years. From other sources, the AP learned of two other assistant professors who were accorded the title.

    Secor said a professor doesn’t strictly need to have emeritus status to get an office in retirement. However, he could not recall any professor who had been given one without the title.

    The university announced one more sweetener when Sandusky retired: He was designated as a volunteer to the campus outreach programs – the umbrella for the school’s summer football camps where Sandusky could continue teaching gridiron skills to children.”


  36. beejay says:

    Lol, erose. Mr. Riches needs a new hobby. “a serial litigant”??? What a tool.

    BTW guys, Blink has put up some posts that were pending earlier. You might want to scroll back a page or two. One is erose’s quote from Spanier’s scholarly work. On my end, I saw erose’s reference to Spanier’s soul yesterday, but not the post containing the quote. So, I was kinda scratching my head.

    @Word Girl: I’m still not understanding why the Atty General’s office would be running a search, “a toll” on phone numbers. Isn’t that normally begun at the local level?

    I think that whoever is doing an investigation routinely accesses that database to see what’s pending wrt their current investigation. Looks like the drug investigation will come much later, if at all. Or is that the aspect of this mess that JKA said the grand jury would “ignore at its peril”???

  37. beejay says:

    A 2003 PSU case where Gricar sounded frustrated. Gricar not filing charges from a fight between members of PSU’s wrestling and football teams. Link won’t let me post, as those from often won’t. It’s from the collegian psu edu archive 2003/07/30:

    Gricar won’t charge players
    By Patrick Abdalla

    “…Gricar will not file charges…following what he said to be lack of cooperation from those involved.

    …Gricar said, “…Everyone is holding back information.”

    Gricar said in a recording provided by WRSC-AM (1390) that the wrestlers had retained a lawyer and no longer wanted to be involved in the investigation.”

  38. beejay says:

    Triponey’s revenge:

    “Triponey, who declined comment for this article, was interviewed extensively by Freeh’s investigators and gave them several e-mails she kept after resigning shortly after the brawl, according to sources close to the investigation.

    The week she left her job, in September 2007, the university changed its policy to allow coaches and club advisers – not the judicial affairs board – to determine whether students facing school sanctions should be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports.

    Before Paterno died in January, his attorney described Triponey’s account of the 2007 brawl as taken “out of context, misleading, and filled with inaccuracies.”"

  39. Word Girl says:

    erose–Hoist your Petard and I’ll raise you a Dagger.

    Shakespeare pierces through the power, the lame followers, the devastation when it corrupts and kills, throughout his oeuvre. Far too many to quote here–the fart-bombs underground and the daggers hidden in robes match the plots of torture and diabolical assassination.

    “If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well

    It were done quickly. If th’ assassination

    Could trammel up the consequence, and catch

    With his surcease success: that but this blow

    Might be the be-all and the end-all, here,

    But here upon this bank and shoal of time,

    We’d jump the life to come. But in these cases

    We still have judgement here, that we but teach

    Bloody instructions which, being taught, return

    To plague th’inventor.”

    Macbeth Act 1, scene 7, lines 1–10

    and Lady Macbeth knew all too well the character of her man.

    “Thou wouldst be great,/Art not without ambition, but without
    The illness should attend it.”

    We could comb through Lear, Richard III, Julius Caesar, and other great works to see the same dilemma, the same consequences, the same devastation as we find at Penn State today.

    Y’all so impressive.

  40. Word Girl says:

    Beej-”I think the big-3 mtg came first. Then Plan A. Then Curley talked with Joe. Right?”

    Seems most logical, Beejay, but only the most damning emails were released. Perhaps we’ll find some discussion in others, in time. I don’t believe the Freeh report is going to be worth much, unless it is able to delve ethical and moral objectives and their implementation. (Nay, read un- and -im here, in my opinion.)

  41. A Texas Grandfather says:


    The reference of the word “soul” had me thinking about how an organization could have one. This is IMO a writers metaphor for the culture of an organization.

    We don’t have enough knowledge about the soul of a human, although I do have much more knowledge than I post, so could there be a collective soul of a group of humans in an organization? I rather doubt it.

  42. lizzy says:

    fwiw, Spanier’s article was followed by another, which began by stating that the family and its well-being are the soul of their profession.

  43. beejay says:

    @erose says:
    July 8, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Do we know about these bad business deals?

    I read the entire book. I did skim some of the football-highlights, however. Maybe he included some bad business deals there. If not, then the only one I can tell you about is fairly early in their marriage, a bad restaurant deal. JS said a friend gave him some bad advice, and he had a substantial financial obligation to pay off as a result. That’s all i know. No child sex trafficking businesses or anything were mentioned.

  44. A Texas Grandfather says:

    You guys are going to make me find my box of Shakespeare books stored somewhere in the shelves in the garage and review some so I can keep up. LOL

  45. A Texas Grandfather says:


    I am beginning to think that Spanier in his article was really wound up on the use of the word soul.

    Depending on the date of his work, he could have picked up the word from the title of a book written by some people involved in the design of hardware and its operating system of a new computer for Data General Corporation. The Book title was “The Soul of a New Machine” as if machines could have souls.

    My copy is stored in the garage along with Shakespear.

  46. annals says:

    Beejay, the link you posted for me contains the exact article I drew from and linked at the end of my post. I have been reading along. I posted the link not as new information (it was written in Dec 2011) but in order to source the facts I was presenting (as Blink, I believe insists upon). Clearly the intent of my post was lost in my attempt to comply to sourcing.

  47. Word Girl says:

    lizzy, thx for jumping in with that info about Spanier saying in the next article that the soul of his profession is ‘the family and its well-being’.

    Wow. It just blows my mind that he could not see how sick the family at Penn State had become.

    I’m hoping you will bring us a literary quote to sum up this mess. Got any handy?
    If the Freeh report is released this week, then its been finished for quite a while in order to print it and begin the distribution process. Something of that magnitude is not easy to hide in all of its downloading, uploading, printing and shipping stages.

    How many mega or gigabytes–any guesses? I’m guessing 600 pages (down from my first thought of 1k+).

    Bring it on, Louie, Louie.

  48. erose says:

    ATG, don’t dig out those books on my account, and nobody need be impressed. I blame it all on Beejay, lol, bringing up the petard (small explosive, little bomb) and I had to mix in Shakespears humor of petar (gas, flatulence) in the quote I cited, because these guys are going down by their own smell, kwim? That guy (WS) had such a good sense of humor, if only he would speak American, lol, I know, I know, they are classics. [OT side note, my Mother, spoke English fluently as her third language, it wasn't exactly the King's English at my house, but close.]

    Anyway, this is obviously WG’s expertise, and I bow to her dagger. That coupled with my “soul” comment must have made some of you wonder wtf is up with erose now? But, just like THAT email, I guess, until we read the whole thing and understand the context who knows what it really means.

  49. erose says:

    Now that, I can recite the words. It’s my state’s song.

    Well, unoffical state rock song.

    Word Girl says:
    July 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Bring it on, Louie, Louie.

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