Pennsylvania governor, former Penn State president in war of words over Sandusky
Gov. Tom Corbett calls the former Penn State president's accusation the "ranting of a man who has just been indicted for covering up for a convicted pedophile."
November 1st, 2012
05:24 PM ET

Pennsylvania governor, former Penn State president in war of words over Sandusky

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier blasted the charge against him for allegedly covering up years of sexual abuse as a "desperate act" by the state's "vindictive and politically motivated" governor - an accusation that drew a biting retort from Gov. Tom Corbett.

Hours after being charged with conspiring to cover up abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, Spanier issued a statement accusing Corbett of failing "to warn the Penn State community about the suspicions surrounding" the since-convicted Sandusky.

He alleged that Corbett - who was the state's attorney general from 2005 through January 2011, when he became governor - "clearly knew" about the allegations between late 2008 and November 2011 and "yet failed to act."

Corbett's office fired back, saying by e-mail, "Graham Spanier's statement is the ranting of a man who has just been indicted for covering up for a convicted pedophile. His arrogance reveals a man who has just found out that he is not above the law after all."

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  1. Stan

    I hope they put him in jail and throw away the key.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Teacher

    Spanier sounds desperate. It seems he may fear going to prison. Maybe he can plead insanity.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    You're not above the law, either, Corbett.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NH

    Thanks Governor Corbett. It is curious though why it took so long to prosecute this disgusting mess.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Thank him for nothing; he was part of the problem back in '98, and part of the coverup.
      His behind should be in the sling, also.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      If you read the more in depth articles it has a lot to do with the fact that these guys held back important evidence that wasn't turned over until they were let go by the University. Shultz had a file in his office that his assistants were not allowed to look at that contained all of his notes and e-mails regarding Sandusky. They attempted to bury the first incident in '98 by having the police case file given an anonymous number label without any way of connecting it to Sandusky by name, and Shutlz inquired about the file when the second incident occurred. There is a whole trail of information but none of that was known until 2012.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Fact Checker

      Sandusky was investigated by police servies, DPW, and C&YS, and the case was closed. They found no wrong-doing. What does it matter at that point what files Spanier, or anyone else had????

      November 7, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. HowRomneylosesHamilitonCountyOHIObyHermanCain

    Easy one > too busy delivering Pizza to Italy to go door to door among "the people".... just like KANSAS
    in fact: Pizza is good, people are not. 🙂 Aaaaaaaaaaamennnnnnnn brothaaaaaaaaa.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Blair Cooper

    Corbett was not AG in 1998. It was Mike Fisher

    November 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    "Poop never rolls uphill".

    November 2, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
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    November 2, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Gravityandtheswansongs

    Actually a number of M.I.T. and Case Western students have indeed demonstrated that poop under pressure does
    indeed run up to the hill.... running... running.... constantly up to the hill 🙂

    November 2, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tim Berton

    Spanier has some facts on his side. Penn State told their lawyer and Second Mile officials and their lawyer about McQueary's 2001 allegations. That is not a "conspiracy of silence" as AG Kelly contends.

    Where are the charges against those lawyers and Second Mile officials if this is not just a vendetta against Spanier?

    Just because Schultz had a private file on Sandusky does not mean he showed it to Curley and Spanier.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. your not above the law

    Mrs. Sandusky.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. ronvan

    Answer me this: IF you are involved in a murder, didn't shoot anyone, then YOU can be tried also. WHY is it that, for the ones that, covered this up, turned their heads, etc.,they can not be charged? This would include Ms. Sandusky! Put THEM on trial, and depending on the outcome go from there.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. fernace

    This situation, just like the RCC, was dependent on plenty of people who didn't take it seriously or looked the other way! There is going to be a lot more finger pointing & allegations, indicative of how the situation was handled while it was happening! Any time you have adults more concerned w/protecting the status quo & their own butts, rather than stepping in to save a kid from being molested, you have helped to set up a perfect environment for abuse to continue for years, as it did! I agree that Mrs. Sandusky should be questioned as well, since much of the abuse happened in the basement of their home! This whole sordid affair is a perfect example of how se.xual abuse of kids continue, because adults pass the buck & refuse to get involved! We as a society must stop turning a blind eye/deaf ear & take kids seriously when they finally get the courage to tell some1 they're being ra.ped! Otherwise we're all as guilty as these people!!

    November 2, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jim

    The investigation moved slowly while Corbett collected campaign donations from Sandusky and Second Mile. The state AG accepting money from a child predator is much more of an issue than anything a football coach or university president did. The direct money trail doesn't lead to Penn State athletics, it goes to Corbett's campaign funds.

    November 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cindy

    Thats right. Lock him as well as others, and throw the key away.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
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