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10 appalling revelations against PSU ex-president Graham Spanier

Will he be charged?  I’d put money on it, and maybe as early as tomorrow.  How do I know?  Because I just heard on FOX that IF JOE PATERNO WERE ALIVE, he might could be charged.  Spanier must have a load of money and some powerful people behind him to try to divert attention from the charges that are coming for him by placing all these distractions in the media.  I say “placing” because how else would they get there?  It is my belief that these networks broadcast mostly what is submitted to them from PR firms, Media Matters type organizations, et cetera, and a lot of it is designed to divert attention from something else.  They play us all for a bunch of suckers.

And the media is going to “arrest” a dead man to avoid reporting on the living people responsible for a 20 year cover-up, now thoroughly exposed by the Freeh Report.  Now that is dirty.

I am copying an article from Deadspin.com laying out the “appalling revelations” against Graham Spanier from the Freeh Report.

The 10 Most Appalling Revelations About Graham Spanier, And Why He Could Be The Next One Charged

The 10 Most Appalling Revelations About Graham Spanier, And Why He Could Be The Next One Charged

The majority of attention given to today’s Freeh Report has centered on figuring out Joe Paterno’s role in allowing Jerry Sandusky to go unstopped. But the most actively nefarious character—other than Sandusky himself—in the commission’s story is former university president Graham Spanier. Even before today’s news, experts had suggested that Spanier’s actions could be brought before a grand jury. Here are ten of the more reprehensible plot points from the Freeh Report, many of which support the notion that he could face criminal charges:

  • Testifying to the 2001 grand jury he was unaware of the 1998 investigation against Sandusky, even though emails from 1998 show him discussing the investigation with athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz.
  • Repeating this claim to the Special Investigative Counsel, and stating he “never heard a report from anyone” that Sandusky was abusing children.
  • Failing to notify the Board of Trustees that an investigation of a prominent assistant football coach was underway, withholding this information from them even while the board was considering (and approving) a favorable land deal between the university and Sandusky’s Second Mile charity.
  • Approving and pushing for Sandusky’s emeritus rank—and the facility access privileges that came along with it— despite Sandusky not qualifying for it by the established academic rules.
  • Declaring Curley’s plan to suggest Sandusky stop hanging around children, without actual sanctions, to be “a humane approach.”
  • Telling the Special Investigative Counsel his first knowledge of the 1998 incident came at the April 2011 grand jury appearance, when notes from his Attorney General interview a month prior reveal he was questioned about it then.
  • Approving an unprecedented $168,000 lump-sum retirement payment to Sandusky in 1999.
  • Showing no interest in identifying the child involved in the 2001 incident or ascertaining whether or not a crime had occurred.
  • Opposing any and all independent investigations into Sandusky’s behavior.
  • Modifying the November 2011 Board of Trustees statement without their knowledge or approval, asserting that Curley and Schultz requested administrative leave rather than that the board had decided to place them on leave.

http://deadspin.com/5925539/the-ten-most-appalling-revelations-about-graham-spanier-and-why-he-could-be-the-next-one-charged

It is reported that Spanier went to work as an advisor on a special project for Homeland Secuirty. http://alturl.com/qddyj  But Wikipedia says he remains a tenured professor of sociology at Penn State.  He is an amateur magician and wrote a book on mate swapping.  Weird guy in my book.   http://alturl.com/t4yaj  http://alturl.com/ap4ee

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Spanier quote:  “It depends on what the meaning of immoral is.”

https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/it-depends-on-what-the-meaning-of-immoral-is/

Update:  In a recent blurb on FOX, they seem to have dropped the if Paterno were alive narrative (I hope) and they named all four of the people specifically named in the Freeh Report, being:  Spanier, Schultz, Curley, and Paterno.

Oops, I was wrong.  It was HLN, not FOX, I was watching that named all four.

Posted:  07.13.12 A.D. @11:57 p.m.  Updated @ 1:07 p.m.

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Q and A: Who gave Sandusky office space and Emeritus status at Penn State?

Q. Who gave Jerry Sandusky office space on Penn State campus?

A.  It was part of the retirement agreement between the University and Sandusky.

Quote from retirement agreement, which is an Exhibit attached to Freeh report:

“The university will permit you to use, at no charge, a locker, weight rooms, fitness facilities and training room in the East Area locker room complex.  This benefit will continue for the balance of your lifetime.”

and

“For a period of ten years commencing July 1 1999 and subject to renewal upon concurrence of both parties you will be given an office and a phone in the East Area Locker room complex…..”

Agreement was signed by Tim Curley and Gary Schultz along with Jerry Sandusky on June 29, 1999.  The full agreement, Exhibit 3H, can be seen in the Report.

Q.  Who granted Jerry Sandusky Emeritus status at his retirement in 1999?

A. Graham Spanier, President of Penn State

An excerpt of an email from Rodney A. Erickson, August 31, 1999:

“Let’s go ahead and grant it [emeritus status], if Graham[Spanier] has already promised it.”

Further excerpt of email by Robert Secor on Aug 31, 1999 who wrote:

 “But we are in a bind  Apparently Graham told [redacted but obviously referring to Sandusky] that we would do this, he was wholly within his rights here since the policy says “The President may grant (or deny) Emeritus Rank on an exception basis.”

I am sure there were others who had to sign off on this emeritus status, but clearly it was recommended by Graham Spanier.

Just some questions I have been wondering about.  The Report is well over 200 pages long and I have not gotten through it all yet.  The above are direct quotes from exhibits which are copies of the actual documents.

http://www.thefreehreportonpsu.com/REPORT_FINAL_071212.pdf

All this said to point out that although I now have heard that somehow it was Joe Paterno’s fault that Sandusky had an office and access to the campus, dammit, he didn’t have anything to do with that.

I’m just saying, there was a lot of work that went into this report, it is very detailed as to dates and events and the media should not just throw it in a corner but they need to tell the truth when they report this.  If they want to pull out a sentence here and there, there is a huge choice of sentences and quotes that can be reported on.

Posted:  07.13.12 A.D. @ 8:56 p.m.  Updated:  07.14.12 A.D. @ 10:12 a.m.

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