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A Sad Day for Penn State, But Promises of Something Brighter

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Jul. 12th, 2012 | 12:28 pm

Last November I suggested that circumstantial evidence in the Penn State case indicated that Joe Paterno used his influence to cover-up cases of child sexual abuse committed by one of his coaches, and that university leaders probably went willingly along with it. http://ccfinlay.livejournal.com/189381.html

Today, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was hired by Penn State to investigate the case, determined that there is actual physical evidence that Paterno used his influence to cover-up child sex abuse committed by one of his coaches, and that university leaders definitely went willingly along with it: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-crime-sanduskybre86b05d-20120711,0,5217577.story

Ask Rae sometime how much I like to do the “I told you so” dance. (The answer is "too much." Or possibly "will you just shut up.")

Despite all the practice I get, it’s never going to be pretty. In fact, sometimes it’s more likely to get me a wholly deserved punch in the nose.

But today I wish I’d been wrong.

And there will be no dancing.

I will, however, offer praise for the Penn State community and their Board of Trustees for doing the right thing now, for taking independent steps to find out the truth, for sharing it publicly, and then, hopefully, for their willingness to do what they can to make things, if not right, because they will never be right, then better.

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from: barbarienne
date: Jul. 17th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)

I'll second your final paragraph. It's certainly more than the Catholic church is doing.

OTOH, Paterno's family is doing ongoing investigations. I imagine some of that is familial loyalty, and I can't say as I would do differently in the same place.

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