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Judge grants access for experts to assist in Freeh report review

Louis Freeh speaks about the Freeh Report in 2012A judge approved help for Penn State alumni-elected trustees who are reviewing the Freeh report. A lawyer and a database administrator were given access to assist with the project.
Louis Freeh speaks about the Freeh Report in 2012A judge approved help for Penn State alumni-elected trustees who are reviewing the Freeh report. A lawyer and a database administrator were given access to assist with the project. The Associated Press, file

Two more people will be getting a look at the Freeh report documents.

Bedford County Senior Judge Daniel Howsare has ordered that an attorney and a database administrator can be enlisted to help some Penn State trustees with the documents related to the university-commissioned review of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

Alumni-elected trustees Ted Brown, Barbara Doran, Bob Jubelirer, Anthony Lubrano, Ryan McCombie, Bill Oldsey and Alice Pope petitioned the court last year to allow them access to the documents after the board of trustees leadership and administration balked due to concerns about privacy and assurances of confidentiality.

The alumni-elected trustees, who have questioned the report’s conclusions, say it is their fiduciary responsibility to review the investigation, which cost the university $8.1 million.

Howsare granted their request to review the documents but maintained strict confidentiality.

This month, Howsare granted another request, allowing attorney Lawrence Schultz and database administrator Mary Waldman to assist in the task.

According to court documents, part of the need stems from the software used to arrange the information, which is described as “cumbersome to navigate.”

The alumni-elected trustees told the court that Schultz and Waldman offered their services as experts at no cost.

Schultz is a 1980 graduate of Penn State who ran for trustee this year. Waldman is a 1983 graduate.

Both signed acknowledgments of understanding that all information was to be kept confidential and discussed only with the relevant trustees and counsel.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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