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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:58 AM
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What Did Tom Corbett Know About Sandusky and When Did He Know It?
The Pennsylvania Governor has known about Jerry Sandusky and his pedophilia since "at least" 2009, when he was Attorney General.

As Attorney General, Corbett was the top law enforcement individual in the state. Why didn't he make sure that these children were protected IMMEDIATELY in 2009? Was it because he was too busy running for governor...or was it because he, too, was part of the coverup?

He has been Governor since January 2011, and was automatically placed on the Penn State Board of Trustees. Why did it take until November for Jerry Sandusky to be arrested?

Sandusky is out on bail...the $100,000 unsecured bail was set by Judge Leslie Dutchcot, a volunteer for Mr. Sandusky's Second Mile Foundation!

Governor Corbett was interviewed by Christiane Amanpour on "This Week" this past Sunday. An excellent question was asked by Amanpour:

"AMANPOUR: Well, let me -- let me ask you, because this is obviously massively serious. And I understand your ethical and legal obligations. However, don't you think that the mere risk that somebody who you've been investigating for more than two years, the mere risk that he could have continued to abuse during this investigation, demanded a call to the police? Should that not have been, at the very least, something that the coach, that the president should have done??"

"CORBETT: We would have expected law enforcement to have been involved much sooner than it got involved. And as you know from newspaper reports, our office, as the attorney general became involved, not in a case related to the university, but in a case from a next-door county, Clinton County, and a school there, where Mr. Sandusky was helping out as a coach."

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/week-transcript-governor...

At the end of the interview Amanpour asked Corbett:

"AMANPOUR: What do you think? Do you think adults should take responsibility for so brazenly failing children?"

Corbett's answer: "Well, in my role as attorney general, my role as a U.S. attorney, and now as governor, I believe adults should always stand up for children."

Well Governor Corbett, that did not happen. Who looks like the "knucklehead" now?

Other very interesting viewpoints found here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Myrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:01 AM
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1. "We would have expected law enforcement to have been involved "
... YOU WERE "LAW ENFORCEMENT", YOU ASSHOLE!!!!
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:02 AM
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2. That was my thought exactly.
If you are able to watch the interview, you'll see that he looks mighty uncomfortable.
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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:35 AM
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6. Took the words right outta my fingers
I watched the ESPN commenter -- don't know his name, it's somewhere in the videos here -- rant abomut this and replay the clip from Corbett's presser where he said no one said anything and nothing was done to stop it, and all I could think was, gee, Bob, you were one of those who could have spoken and could have stopped it.

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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:07 AM
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3. The AG is supposed to call the police when he hears of a possible crime?
:wtf:

He'd spend all day calling the police about his own cases.

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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:09 AM
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4. Corbett is an asswipe.
If I ever see him on the street in Harrisburg, I'm going to moon the fuckwad - and I mean a FULL moon. He doesn't care about the law and never did. It is just political ambition and kickbacks (campaign money) for him. The fracking industry LOVES the guy. Poison water? Who the fuck cares as long as he gets a check.

:grr:

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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:18 AM
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5. Meanwhile, TEN more victims have come forward since Sandusky's arrest.
How many children were victimized by this man and his enablers?

http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/sports-general/2011...

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JPZenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:43 AM
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7. Corbett Had Reponsibility for Investigating Him Since March 2009
In 2008, a mother contacted police in Clinton County about Sandusky. They determined the crimes occurred in Centre County and passed them to the Centre DA. The Centre DA said he had a conflict of interest and passed responsbility for the investigation and the charges onto ATTORNEY GENERAL TOM CORBETT IN MARCH 2009.

One investigator was assigned. It took them 2 years to search Sandusky's house. It took them 18 months to find out about the previous allegations against Sandusky - in Penn State's file cabinets. It was not until after a new female Attorney General and a new State Police Commissioner took office in Jan. 2011 that the investigation moved forward with a full set of resources.

I'm not saying that Corbett should have completed his investigation in 2009. However, it appears there was enough credible evidence to charge Sandusky with at least one felony charge in 2009. Corbett was too busy with political fundraisers.

If you want to open up an entirely new angle, take a look at Corbett's office's roles during a long-running multiple child molestation case on the Milton Hershey School campus in Hershey PA. That guy was finally caught years later by one sharp detective from a neighboring police department.
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:48 AM
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8. Agreed.
Corbett's "lackadaisical" approach gave Sandusky two more years to prey on innocent children.

I'll check out the info on the Hershey school. Thanks.
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JPZenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 12:22 PM
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11. Clarification
Edited on Tue Nov-15-11 12:23 PM by JPZenger
I need to correct my above post. The Milton Hershey School molestation scandal was bad, but I don't believe I should blame it on Corbett's office. The main culprits for allowing the molester to continue to molest children for a decade after receiving a credible accuation were certain Milton Hershey School staff-persons and the Derry Township Police.

http://www.miltonhersheyforums.org/showthread.php?1392-...
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:54 AM
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9. When You Go After Someone This High Up, You Need to Be Careful to Make It Stick
Edited on Tue Nov-15-11 08:56 AM by NashVegas
Just ask any of Michael Jackson's ex-boyfriends.

With proper emotional support, victims can recover. You only get so many chances to botch a case like this.
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JPZenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 10:56 AM
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10. kicked
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 01:09 PM
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12. Yet, he did nothing.
Similar minded thinking found nothing wrong with former Rep. Mark Foley, Republican of Florida, once head of the Congressional Caucus for Missing and Exploited Children. All he did was make a pass at a kid.
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 02:59 PM
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13. Now we find out that Jerry Sandusky's lawyer impregnated a teenager.
How more twisted can this whole thing get?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

"Mary Amendola, who is now 32, did not return requests for comment, but later emailed The Daily claiming "all of the information is incorrect," though she would not provide details. Joe Amendola did not return multiple requests for comment."

"Mary has tried to distance herself from the now notorious attorney just yesterday, she changed her Facebook name to Mary Christmas. Her friends joked she should make it permanent."

"But when Joe Amendola said in a televised interview last night that he would let Sandusky supervise his children, Mary Amendola instantly posted on her Facebook, "OMG did Joe just say that he would allow my kids to be alone with Jerry Sandusky?"


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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:35 PM
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14.  Tom Corbett has been on KDKA Radio defending his actions:
Edited on Tue Nov-15-11 07:36 PM by blue neen
"Trust me, if we would have had something we could do right away, would have done it," Corbett said of the investigation in an interview Tuesday with Pittsburgh radio station KDKA.

Corbett, who was attorney general when the investigation began, said, "We wanted to build a case that would be good when it got to the courtroom and wouldnt fail."

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/11/tom-c...

Really, Governor Corbett? Then, why was only one state policeman put on the case when you were Attorney General?

BTW, Marty Griffin is a hack.
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:38 PM
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15. Marty Griffin thinks he is a hard nosed journalist and he is
nothing but a boot licker. Someone in this state needs to go after Corbett. I smell something corrupt here.
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:39 PM
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16. You're not kidding.
It all stinks to high heaven.
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:46 PM
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17. Who is there in this state to take charge of this? I think I would
only trust Sen. Casey....
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 11:17 PM
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18. Unfortunately, I don't think we have any choice right now.
We're stuck with the Corbett administration...what a truly sad STATE of affairs.
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