Nittany Nightmare Continues Past Sandusky: Former President Spanier Charged- NEW Charges for Curley and Schultz Filed

Happy Valley- PA On the heels of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky’s transfer to his new home,  what most predicted would follow- has.

 

 

 

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier,  fired by the Penn State Board of Trust the same day as legendary late-Nittany Lions Coach Joe Paterno, is facing serious charges today filed by Sandusky’s prosecutors.

Spanier is facing counts of obstruction of justice,  perjury, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of children and failure to report allegations of child abuse.

Tim Curley and Gary Schultz,  who were facing perjury and charges based on “non-reporting”,  are now facing all five similar charges as Spanier-  additional filings occurred simultaneously.

Linda L. Kelly stated the men “used their positions to conceal and cover up for years the activities of a known child predator,” on Thursday following the announcement.

 

Please check back to www.blinkoncrime for this developing story.

 

 

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2,487 Comments

  1. Rose says:

    6 Cumberlin County Republican Judges contacting a trial judge ex parte before the hearing
    http://mobile.philly.com/news/local/?wss=/philly/news/local&id=365699291&betaPreview=redesign
    Such a character letter would be appropriate in a criminal trial at sentencing phase.

    of note: “Their key point, they wrote, was that as judges, they were “deeply disturbed” that a jurist might be disciplined over private emails”

    Well, if they threaten or effect a crime, or contain porn denigrating specific genders, social class, and race…those constitutionally “higher scrutiny” factors in some trials.

    So now I wonder what’s in these 6 guys that they’re worried about precedent?

    ex parte judges supporting Eakin. My question- does anyone ever stop and effing think- gee, I wonder if my actions are helpful or hurtful to my position on the matter? I will say it again, this girl will not work west and I am not alone. Their is zero trust in these courts right now.
    Honestly- I think it is basic guilt by association fear amongst adult professionals. WTH?
    B

  2. Rose says:

    Don’t you suspect an independent review of oag emails back to 2008 was
    deliberate to include Sandusky chatter?
    http://www.pennlive.com/news/2015/12/ag_kathleen_kanes_office_hands.html

  3. Steve says:

    An aside to any earlier post relating to Cumberland County DA
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dea-tsa-agent-cash_us_569f9db5e4b0875553c266ea
    “Robert Everett Johnson, an attorney for the libertarian public interest law firm Institute for Justice, says the same criticism could be made about the entire practice of civil asset forfeiture, which allows law enforcement officials to seize a person’s property — including cash, cars, jewelry and houses — without obtaining a conviction or even charging the owner with a crime.”

  4. Rose says:

    Yes, Steve. I bet there are plenty of self-enriching scandals centered in that
    County’s Courthouse.

  5. Rose says:

    http://mobile.philly.com/news/?wss=/philly/news&id=366143851&
    should’ve found Beemer a patronage promotion out he could not refuse
    long ago. Pity Wolf didnt appoint him to an expired Judge’s remainder term .
    Good pomposity fit

  6. Rose says:

    fyi Blink
    https://mobile.twitter.com/ScottPaterno/status/690577638801432576

    Alright where is our JJ, lol? We called this. Obviously I am not a fan of the behavior here- but the PA bar needs to wake up.
    B

  7. Steve says:

    http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202747737907/Conspiracy-Perjury-Charges-Against-ExPSU-Administrators-Tossed?slreturn=20160022162126
    “We find that Ms. Baldwin breached the attorney-client privilege and was incompetent to testify as to confidential communications between her and Spanier during her grand jury testimony,” Superior Court Judge Mary Jane Bowes said in the Spanier opinion. “We find that Ms. Baldwin did not adequately explain to Spanier that her representation of him was solely as an agent of Penn State and that she did not represent his individual interests

  8. Rose says:

    OT of course Wolf had to send Nat’l Guard to the Western Turnpike.
    http://mobile.philly.com/news/breaking/?wss=/philly/news/breaking&id=366300701&betaPreview=redesign
    Anyone who’s driven Breezewood – Ohio knows its been construction hell for decades, and in a snowstorm there are no plows, no salt, and no State Police, unlike Ohio just over the line which has platoons of all three. Decades of whoever runs this business probably have been corrupt and made buckets of money from graft

  9. Rose says:

    p 16, footnote 13
    http://www.pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-3136/file-4931.pdf?cb=083406
    A judicial trumpet call for Bar discipline for Fina.
    How did Pennlive’s reporter miss this?
    —-
    These 3 have causes of action against Baldwin.

  10. Rose says:

    http://www.pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-3136/file-4931.pdf?cb=083406
    Judge J Bowes is a darn good writer.
    This decision seems inevitable (in fact I read Bowes to say Curley’s
    attorney didn’t take it as far as he could have and Schultz’ did.)

    Decision lays the foundation to sue Baldwin & disbar Fina.

    The urgency (to say Fina, or some Dems supportive of Baldwin)
    of Kane’s temporary suspension, if not removal from office,
    becomes very clear. Beemer expectably would appeal this decision
    (a fool’s errand unless the S Ct result is expectably politicized).
    Kane would not. It is excellently reasoned and written, well substantiated,
    and feels right. It was imperative to disable Kane as AG imo to protect Fina, Baldwin,
    and charges against the 3 Penn State employees.

  11. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    @Rose The court did not rule on the crime/fraud exemption, which would be a stronger argument. I’m expecting that there will be an appeal and Baldwin’s testimony will ultimately be let in on that ground.

  12. Rose says:

    Clean sweep?

    http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/01/morganelli_kathleen_kane_attor.html?hootPostID=6d16f7a19805b7a98a7a1b122a3ceb40

    Morganelli, 60, of Bethlehem, said the terminations should begin with Douglas Gansler, who was appointed by Kane to review emails from the office’s servers.

    the out of State investigator?

    Start with The Beemer
    and civil & criminal div heads

  13. Rose says:

    and I expect Baldwin will eventually face Bar sanctions
    and civil suits.

    @JJinPihila, your death watch prediction
    for how many days Kane has left after
    Crazy Horse Scartini issues the
    Committee report?

  14. Rose says:

    @JJinPhila. Of Course there will be an appeal
    of the masterful Bowes panel decision as long as
    Kane is in TEMPORARY suspension (what a low Bar threshhold),
    and
    The Beemer is in his saddle tilting at windmills.

  15. Rose says:

    maybe Wolf and Mirganli staffers have a deal

  16. Rose says:

    –morganelli–

  17. Rose says:

    @JJinPhila.
    How’s the Death Watch o’er the PA Senate progressing?

  18. Rose says:

    just noticed, the attorney who helped write PA’s open records act, which exempts PennState–no question as to why that was engineered in 2008– and served as that Office’ first Director appears to have been richly rewarded by Freeh, who apparently hired her at Pepper Hamilton to heard its “transparency” practice (ie, prevent the disclosure of the Freeh report to minority Board members). http://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/11/12/sports/ncaafootball/penn-state-has-exemption-from-disclosure-law.html?referer=&_r=0
    This comes to light becauseSimon PFUR hired her to disable the CC DA’s ability to keep investigatory expenditures confidential. Don’t know where he git Pepper’s retainir. He had to drop a Court appeal in his real cause saying he lacked funds to pay for it. Since his sustained attack has been on the DA in CC, who is tough on drugs and sentencing, we need a foia on Simon for sources of his funds, & his expenditures.

  19. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    @Riose, the Senate report on Kane suggested waiting until the Supreme Court rules on her appeal. If the license remains suspended if recommends removal.

    You have to look at the footnotes in Bowes opinions. It notes that the appeal did not raise the crime/fraud exception. That is as close as a court can say, **Use this argument.**

    agreed.
    B

  20. Rose says:

    http://www.law360.com/whitecollar/articles/752552/psu-can-scan-requested-sandusky-docs-for-privileged-info
    Precedent for StaceyParksMiller shielding her investigatory info from her Pfurbie Simon.

    TY JJinPhila. I expect the temp suspension to be upheld.

  21. Rose says:

    Had not realized Abom, Glantz’- and Boyde’-recommended
    Special Prosecutor of SPM wrt “forgery,” hired by the CC Comms, had such an illustrous partner.
    http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/01/grief_rising_over_sudden_death.html#incart_2box

  22. Rose says:

    Well, Steele had a race to win, and a rival to look bad

    “Ultimately, she said, Constand agreed only not to initiate any futher investigation of her claims. But she was free to cooperate if law enforcement contacted her
    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160204_Decision_expected_in_fate_of_Cosby_criminal_case.html#CuVdQxiicX9QgooP.99

    imo Castor was right (the prosecution would never get better absent a confession from Cosby; and the Judge is right.

  23. Rose says:

    The media minutes of the CC Commissioners are a joy each week. I skim and dip, but the 2 females who replaced Boyde and Glantz are like Day after Night. The 3rd full paragraph on p 8 url beliw (Shutt’s complained of notarizing of SPM election materials) explains a little attorney-Commissioners-Administrator back and forth that occurred in last Tues’ media minutes between these others and Dershem. Someone in that group of 4 was getting Dershem on record, not going back to see who. He was led tho to state on the record that County notary employees have always notarized anything requested, inckuding election materials, for any john q public who walked in requested a notary, and Dershem wanted to continue that practice, thus establishing Shutt’s complained of notarizing was the ordinary practice in the County, and Dershem knew it, and wants to preserve its continuance.
    https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Related_Content/PressReleases/Grand%20jury%20report%20and%20responses.pdf

  24. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    Just updating a bit.

    The PASC by a 6-0 margin, refused to reinstate Kane’s law license. The Senate is moving on to direct removal.

    The OAG is asking the full Superior Court to reconsider, and so in Curley, who is still charged with perjury.

    Thanks JJ. I guess in a word, Kane is toast. I will form my opinions at her trial, however.
    B

  25. Rose says:

    thought the Supreme Court affirmed the disciplinary board Friday.
    While Kane can expect to be removed by Wolfe (everyone seems to want a man from MoCo
    who is running for AG appointed to the job), my wish is Gansler gets thru those emails first
    and sends the Fed DOJ some referrals. I doubt she’ll be convicted Blink (beyond a reasonable doubt) because no one’s gonna get the reporter to testify. I expect Steele wil quietly drop the case once she’s gone.

  26. Rose says:

    this Shapiro is the opportunist Wolf on down have been rallying around for some time.
    http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/02/gov_ed_rendell_endorses_josh_s.html#incart_story_package
    Expect him to be the next AG.

  27. Rose says:

    PA is making it remarkably easy to get rid of an elected Attorney General.
    http://mobile.philly.com/news/?wss=/philly/news&id=368110831&betaPreview=redesign
    Elected AG rids the office of a handful (not enough) of true believers/devotees of the former Republican
    AG, including one who conducted a questionable set of prosecutions, some still pending. Said fired employee gets a new local DA job and embarks on prosecutions, and continues to politicize and attack the new AG. AG strikes back. Fired employee enlists supporters (judge, county assistant DA) to indict her. Law license is suspended, ratified by a SCrt – opposite party & threathened profane emailers.

  28. Steve says:

    I read Kane gets a breather!

    She DOES!! And looks like it was not porn she was after exposing so much:

    http://6abc.com/politics/senate-fails-to-reach-votes-to-remove-ag-kathleen-kane/1192728/

    Today is a good day for all those who share my desire to restore confidence in our judges and prosecutors and integrity to our system of justice. Special Prosecutor Gansler will press on, leaving no hate-filled email unread and no ex parte communication uncovered, in our effort to deliver to all Pennsylvanians, the system of justice we deserve rather than the one we now have. I am happy to continue this effort, finish the mission I pledged to carry out and the job for which I was elected to serve.

    b

  29. Rose says:

    Wrt Senate vote today :

    I suspect Wolf telegraphed to his party leaders in the Senate
    SAVE ME!

    There’s the House. It can progress on.

    All I care is Gansler got a little more time.

    May he find FBI referrals.

  30. Rose says:

    Oh Blink, I just mentally processed yr post.

    ex parte communications.

    Where have we seen that?

    Allegations by defense bar in Centre Cty and iirc, the Judge (Eakin?) awaiting sanction/bar discipline decision.
    B

  31. Rose says:

    Which Centre County Judge will Kistler assign?
    https://ps4rs.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/graham-spanier-vs-penn-state-complaint.pdf
    Will that Judge notice Michelle Shutt and Spanier have an attorney in common?

  32. Rose says:

    Spanier’s recounting of Masser’s specific breaches of
    his Separation contract provisions makes
    this 2015 Board endorsement of Masser seem shocking
    http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/07/trustee_keith_masser_re-electe.html

  33. Rose says:

    Panella doing what he can to push Eakin to settle:
    “In choosing that site, Panella noted the courtroom is “high-tech equipped” so emails Eakin sent or received can be shown on a video screen during the trial, which will be open to the public.”
    http://nasga-stopguardianabuse.blogspot.com/2016/02/justice-eakins-trial-over-porngate.html?m=1

    Sounds like an interesting trial to attend.

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