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Paterno family report: Freeh's findings 'innacurate and unfounded'

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10:15 AM ET 02.10 | A new report commissioned by Joe Paterno's family challenges the conclusion by former FBI director Louis Freeh that the late Penn State coach conspired to conceal child sex abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. An executive summary of the critique, released today said the "observations" of Paterno by Freeh in July were unfounded. Former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, one of the experts assembled by the family's lawyer to review the report Freeh compiled for Penn State, called that document fundamentally flawed and incomplete. A lack of factual support for the Freeh report's "inaccurate and unfounded findings related to Mr. Paterno and its numerous process-oriented deficiencies was a rush to injustice and calls into question" the report's credibility, Thornburgh was quoted as saying in the report. The family released what it billed as an exhaustive response to Freeh's work, based on independent analyses, on the website paterno.com.

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February 10, 2013  10:20 AM ET

Not caring.

February 10, 2013  10:33 AM ET

They doth protest too much.

February 10, 2013  10:37 AM ET

Only 10% of the accusations Freeh used were factually proven. Hope mr freeh hires a good attorney...

February 10, 2013  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Only 10% of the accusations Freeh used were factually proven. Hope mr freeh hires a good attorney...

Paterno's family isn't going to sue. They are going to release this to try to change the direction of the public discourse, but they don't want this case to go through discovery or the legal process.

February 10, 2013  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Only 10% of the accusations Freeh used were factually proven. Hope mr freeh hires a good attorney...

Mr Freeh already has good attorneys. If only a quarter of what he published is verifiable, then Paterno has more than earned what he has received. This is simply a case of "Wait! He said ten things and can only prove eight of them. See!!! It's not true!". They should let this just fade away before they do even more damage to his legacy.

February 10, 2013  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Paterno's family isn't going to sue. They are going to release this to try to change the direction of the public discourse, but they don't want this case to go through discovery or the legal process.

Damn good comment!!! You can bet your A--S--S, that the Paterno family doesn't want any more truth coming out about this case!!!!!

February 10, 2013  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

They should let this just fade away before they do even more damage to his legacy.

What Legacy????

February 10, 2013  11:34 AM ET

Who exactly is surprised by this? What do you expect their own investigation to find? Really? The Paterno family needs to get a life. Maybe they are upset that they are no longer going to be calling all the shots in Happy Valley anymore. You'd think they were the Medicis.

February 10, 2013  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

What Legacy????

Right...so at this point, why do even more damage? At the moment most people think of him as a doddering old fool who was shielding a friend. Why unearth even more info that will paint him as an evil old **** who was actually complicit? If I were the family, I'd want this to disappear as quietly as possible and hope that 20 years from now this isnt the first thing people associate with his name.

February 10, 2013  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Right...so at this point, why do even more damage? At the moment most people think of him as a doddering old fool who was shielding a friend. Why unearth even more info that will paint him as an evil old **** who was actually complicit? If I were the family, I'd want this to disappear as quietly as possible and hope that 20 years from now this isnt the first thing people associate with his name.

Good comment and I couldn't agree more!!!

February 10, 2013  01:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Paterno's family isn't going to sue. They are going to release this to try to change the direction of the public discourse, but they don't want this case to go through discovery or the legal process.

Agreed. Joe died at a convenient time.

February 10, 2013  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Maybe they are upset that they are no longer going to be calling all the shots in Happy Valley anymore. You'd think they were the Medicis.

I really enjoyed my visit to Florence.

February 10, 2013  02:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Paterno's family isn't going to sue. They are going to release this to try to change the direction of the public discourse, but they don't want this case to go through discovery or the legal process.

good point.

February 10, 2013  02:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Right...so at this point, why do even more damage? At the moment most people think of him as a doddering old fool who was shielding a friend. Why unearth even more info that will paint him as an evil old **** who was actually complicit? If I were the family, I'd want this to disappear as quietly as possible and hope that 20 years from now this isnt the first thing people associate with his name.

Agree.

February 10, 2013  02:22 PM ET

Did anyone even read the Freeh report? We know Joe diddled those boys, and had sleep over gang bangs with Sandusky, we don't need to read some dumb written report and counter-report and rebuttal and turn around. Everybody knows Joe had the ultimate turn around and reach around. But that's cool Grandpa needs to get his rocks off too.

Everybody knows reading is for dummies. It's 2013, yo!

February 10, 2013  02:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Did anyone even read the Freeh report? We know Joe diddled those boys, and had sleep over gang bangs with Sandusky, we don't need to read some dumb written report and counter-report and rebuttal and turn around. Everybody knows Joe had the ultimate turn around and reach around. But that's cool Grandpa needs to get his rocks off too.Everybody knows reading is for dummies. It's 2013, yo!

So are you saying that Joe Pa and Sandusky were secret lovers operating an underground child prostitution ring? OMG!!
Someone call in Dr Phil or has Katie Curry beat him to it.

February 10, 2013  04:54 PM ET

It's sad that Paterno stories are being repeated now on FN......FN needs to let this one go.

February 10, 2013  04:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Did anyone even read the Freeh report? We know Joe diddled those boys, and had sleep over gang bangs with Sandusky, we don't need to read some dumb written report and counter-report and rebuttal and turn around. Everybody knows Joe had the ultimate turn around and reach around. But that's cool Grandpa needs to get his rocks off too.Everybody knows reading is for dummies. It's 2013, yo!

May not be a good idea to make accusations like child molestation unless you have some proof. Based on what I've read (e.g. Posnaski's biography), Paterno did not like Sandusky and was looking for was to fire him at the time Sandusky retired from coaching.

February 10, 2013  05:25 PM ET

Joe Paterno knew what Sandusky had done and yet let him keep working there. At the very least he should have said, "Why is Sandusky still here? If he keeps hanging around, then I' am gone." He did not do that, so he was culpable and an enabler.

The Paterno family just needs to learn to live with that and stop opening up old wounds, because the people with the facts will be right there rubbing salt in those wounds.

 
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