On Thursday, July 12, 2012, former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s Penn State report will be released. Tomorrow’s report is the result of an investigation commissioned eight months ago by Penn State’s trustees to theoretically explore, without any bias, the Sandusky situation. As we questioned in a post dated Tuesday, November 22, 2011, will the truth eventually come out?
Given that Sandusky has been convicted on 45 counts of child molestation, justice has been temporarily served while the liability of Penn State in these sordid matters is still a very fragile open book. No doubt, Freeh and his law firm’s approach to the mess will be done with all the legal gears in full spin.
Apparently, former President Graham Spanier has stated that at no time was he aware of anything inappropriate involving Jerry Sandusky. If that is true, then one turn of the spinning wheel, by Penn State, could be that Sandusky’s conduct was not properly reported and Athletic Director, Tim Curley, and former University Vice President, Gary Schultz will be hung out to dry. This could be called “containment” and a strategy that might be beneficial to the University community, especially all of the “higher ups” in distancing themselves as far as possible from the Sandusky contagion. However, it remains to be seen how this will mitigate Penn State’s financial risk for any future compensation to any victims. We don’t believe Penn State will go to court, but even with a room full of law degrees and PhD’s the academics and courtroom warriors will make sure they find a monetary solution (settlement).
One key question, that remains unanswered, is whether the convicted Jerry Sandusky acted alone? Was Sandusky a lone wolf predator or were others involved, such as well placed alumni or Sandusky supporters? Will the Freeh report explore the possibility that Sandusky was recruiting young men for a larger purpose? The Freeh report will be released tomorrow, with an accompanying news conference, and we will soon find out how the next chapter unfolds in this sad and sickening ordeal.
These are the times for our Constitution.