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  •  Did you read the report on Paterno's (1+ / 0-)
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    handwritten letter at the bottom of pp 57?

    There is not enough clear evidence of what was in the minds of JP and those who arranged Sandusky's retirement contract for an official investigative committee to say what many of us find possible and probable.

    That kind of intuitive thinking is what should have driven Paterno, or anyone in this kind of situation, to make a stronger attempt to be sure a perp is not left in a position to continue abusing children. After the early '80's scandals on sex abuse of children in preschool programs, we started teaching kids about the 'uh oh' feeling. Even grown up kids get the uh oh feeling.

    I haven't read Lolita, the fact that Paterno explained

    “Some people thought it was a dirty book,” ... “I thought it was insight to somebody with a problem."
    suggests his insight was personal and weighted more to empathy than justice. Colored with fear.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 11:23:15 AM PDT

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    •  Entirely possible, (2+ / 0-)
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      but the commentary on the retirement was that it was "sudden" and speculation was that some incident precipitated it.  Obviously, the sooner Paterno knew, the worse it is for him, but the report also says that Paterno learned of the 1998 incident from Curley, who learned it from Schultz, and that Schultz's initial notes based on conversations with university police had it labeled not criminal.  There was nothing equivalent in this incident to McQueary's testimony that he told Paterno the contact was explicitly sexual.  It's salience seems to be for how the 2001 incident was handled, not that it was a cause of
      his departure.  Even though he didn't yet formally retire, his position was untenable once he knew he wouldn't be the next coach, which decision was made before any direct reports of misconduct, even if the first report in 1998 had been watered down each step along the reporting path.  

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 12:12:49 PM PDT

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      •  I am actually impressed with Freeh's (1+ / 0-)
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        report given how much Clarke reamed his performance as FBI director in Against All Enemies. He clearly indicated it was because Freeh had essentially been promoted to a very high administrative position when his expertise was in hands on investigation process.

        What is probably not as clear to others as to someone with an extra BS degree in sociology, is the differentiation of the function of justice from societal mores. Justice has to be very precise, with care not to charge or convict a citizen with insufficient evidence. Seems to me some of the concern over how an investigation into Sandusky wasn't necessary had to do with thinking they could establish that degree of factual evidence and/or not trusting the investigators to do a good job. While the Freeh report is not an official government investigation, it easily serves as an equivalent, especially given what at first quick read, is very well done.

        OTOH, society, especially in the court of public opinion, can go into the gray areas of behavior that are not yet addressed by law, if they should be. Feedback to universities, schools, support for victims, etc. all promote the message that enabling behavior is no more acceptable than the crime itself and can result in backlash as hard as a criminal sentence. Like all things human, it can be good, or bad

        Had the people around Jerry been more willing to ask authorities to investigate, and not interfere with it, there would be no questions on his retirement contract.

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 12:49:19 PM PDT

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