Four years after the disclosure of horrific events surrounding the Jery Sandusky scandal at Penn State, the public is still discovering critical pieces of information relating to that time period. In large part it is due to former president Graham Spanier’s recent defamation filing and to the relentless and appreciated efforts of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship.
In a rush to sweep the scandal under the rug and to assign immediate blame, the leadership of the 2011 Penn State board of trustees hired Louis Freeh to “investigate.”
His responsibility was to make the scandal disappear. His fee was $8 million. Unfortunately, in his botched effort he smeared the reputations of Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley.
After reading Spanier’s defamation lawsuit, it’s clear that he was unfairly targeted, maligned and made to be a scapegoat. In his lawsuit, Spanier has clearly laid out factual, as opposed to conjectural, evidence. His filing has shed light on the motives and means with which Freeh orchestrated an attack on Spanier and a rush to judgment.
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It’s unacceptable to tarnish the reputations of good people like Spanier, Curley and Schultz, who have devoted their careers to enriching the lives of others. That’s what the Freeh Report accomplished.
At best, the report is reckless defamation, and at worst is an error-laden hit piece. I hope Freeh and his firm will be held personally and financially accountable in court.