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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • PSU cloud will not go away any time in near future

  • That was the result earlier this week when three former top officials from the university were ordered to stand trial for charges related to the scandal.
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  • That was the result earlier this week when three former top officials from the university were ordered to stand trial for charges related to the scandal.
    Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley were all ordered to stand trail.
    That was the ruling from a district judge following a preliminary hearing to see if there was sufficient evidence to allow the case to continue. Judge William Wenner also called it a "tragic day for Penn State University."
    That is an understatement.
    It came as no surprise the judge ordered the case to move forward. He made the decision in 18 seconds.
    The reason it is not surprising is that Pennsylvania doesn't have a grand jury system in place where average people make that decision. Instead, these cases go before judges.
    What judge in his or her right mind would not have ordered this case to move forward?
    The Penn State case has been in the worldwide media ever since it broke. The pinnacle came during the Jerry Sandusky trial when the former assistant coach was convicted of child sexual abuse and he will be in prison until he draws his last breath.
    But the three others are now in the spotlight — and for good reason.
    If some of what was said at the hearing is true, they are just as guilty.
    A secretary who worked in Spanier's office testified there was a secret file marked "Sandusky" and she was told nobody should know about the file.
    If that is true, there are major problems.
    But proving the allegations of a mass cover up by these officials is going to be difficult. The standards used to get them to trial are quite low and don't require a lot of evidence.
    Page 2 of 3 - The standards to get a conviction are much higher and will certainly be difficult to prove.
    Hopefully, the truth will come out because anyone who had any involvement with sexual molestation — or covering it up — should be behind bars.
    Innocent children were scarred for the rest of their natural lives because of the behavior of Sandusky. Those people will never be the same.
    If Sandusky was the only one involved, that is fine. But if others are involved, there are no excuses.
    If there was even a hint of a problem, law enforcement should have been immediately called. This goes all the way back to 1998 when reports first surfaced of lewd behavior by Sandusky.
    Yet it wasn't until 2012 that Sandusky was finally given the justice he deserved. He continues to maintain his innocence, but his opinion is worthless. He is a pedophile and liar.
    But are the three former officials part of a bigger conspiracy?
    That is yet to be seen. They all claim innocence and they remain innocent until proven guilty. That's the way the system works.
    Yet even where it stands now, the cloud hanging over Penn State is very dark. And that cloud is not going to go away any time soon.
    The trial for this trio isn't even expected to start until next year, so it is going to continue to be a noisemaker around the country and globe.
    Once there is a trial, you can bet the story will be a hot topic once again and the past will come alive, in a bad way.
    If there's any conclusion which can be drawn at this point it is there were major problems at the university and children were harmed.
    That will never change.
    Page 3 of 3 - What could change is the fact so many others knew about it and not only did they not act, they tried to cover up for the pervert.
    Whether that was the case or not remains to be seen.
    If it was, the dark cloud will continue to hang over Happy Valley.
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