Recent events has caused me to pause and reflect on the search for truth in the Sandusky scandal.
I first got involved with the scandal after writing a letter to PSU President Rodney Erickson suggesting that Penn State rebut the Freeh Report. When that rebuttal didn't happen and PSU signed the Consent Decree, I realized something was terribly amiss.
At the same time this occurred, Barry Bozeman, the originator of notpsu.blogspot.com asked me to co-author this site and join him in the search for the truth. The TRUTH is all we sought. We never sought money or fame.
Right after the Freeh Report was written, John Ziegler stepped up and wrote quite a good rebuttal. Barry Bozeman got notpsu aligned with John, Marc Rubin, and Walter Uhler to form the Framing.Paterno network. Eventually, John and I were the sole survivors of the original group and Eileen Morgan and Tom Owens were added to the fold and continuing to pursue the truth. Obviously, I would be remiss if I did not mention Franco Harris, who became the "front man" for our pursuit.
I think John deserves a lot of credit for being one of the first out of the gate and taking on the challenge of clearing Joe Paterno's name. He did it with nothing financially to gain and with great courage and personal sacrifice.
However, John has taken a different direction in his pursuit of the truth and I am afraid we have come to a point of irreconcilable differences.
John believes the only way to exonerate Joe Paterno is to clear Jerry Sandusky of his crimes. If I understand him correctly, his theory is that Sandusky is innocent and/or his acts were not egregious enough for the authorities to intervene. John believes the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania officials "railroaded" Jerry in order to enhance their careers.
On the other hand, my analysis of the available evidence in the case indicates that there are multiple layers of cover-ups and deceptions. I came to this position over time, adding layers as I found the evidence.
For the record, my themes of the case are:
1. Sandusky is a serial child molester and guilty of many crimes under the relevant statutes.
2. The Commonwealth had a financial interest in covering up the failures of DPW in 1998.
3. The Second Mile had a financial interest in covering up Sandusky's crimes.
4. Louis Freeh, who was recommended by Governor Corbett, collaborated with the OAG to ensure no responsibility fell on The Second Mile, DPW, and other parties at PSU.
5. The PSU BOT is a corrupt body and also used Freeh to deflect attention away from themselves and avoid a legitimate investigation into PSU's financial dealings with Second Mile (and its members).
John's efforts in fighting the media malpractice in this case were superlative. Unfortunately, this is not a battle that can be won in the blogosphere or by a single individual trying to "shout down" the system.
The truth of the Sandusky scandal will ultimately be revealed by the outcomes of the judicial processes, the PA Attorney General investigation of the Sandusky investigation, and the Federal investigation of The Second Mile.
I will continue to blog here and reveal facts of the case as I find them, passing the most important of those facts to law enforcement officials.
As always, I will strive for accuracy and when I'm not accurate, I'll let you know and correct the errors.
Please join me in wishing John Ziegler the best in his endeavors.