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Attorney for Joe Paterno's family issues a statement on emails involving Jerry Sandusky

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    The late Joe Paterno did not
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2012
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      The late Joe Paterno did not "interfere with or attempt to compromise
      any investigation" involving Jerry Sandusky, according to a statement
      Saturday from an attorney representing the Paterno family.

      The Paterno family's attorney, Wick Sollers, has issued a statement in
      response to a CNN report Friday that said Penn State administrators
      discussed and rejected plans to alert authorities about allegations
      that Sandusky was caught in the shower with a young boy. The report
      cited emails from 2001 between former Penn State President Graham
      Spanier, former Vice President Gary Schultz and Athletic Director Tim
      Curley.

      According to CNN, the three administrators discuss alerting
      authorities as well as The Second Mile, Sandusky's charity for
      children. CNN reported that Curley, in the emails, talked with Paterno
      and after that conversation, he no longer felt comfortable going to
      authorities.

      The administrators then reportedly agreed to talk with Sandusky and
      said they would not alert authorities if he would get counseling, CNN
      reported.

      Sollers said that the emails didn't come from the Paterno family, and
      noted that Paterno did not use email. Here's the statement in its
      entirety.

      “Some number of email exchanges between former Penn State officials
      have apparently been leaked to the media. Since the Paterno family is
      not in possession of these emails, it would be inappropriate to
      comment on their supposed content. To be clear, the emails in question
      did not originate with Joe Paterno or go to him as he never personally
      utilized email,” the statement reads.

      “From the beginning, Joe Paterno warned against a rush to judgment in
      this case," the statement continues. "Coach Paterno testified
      truthfully, to the best of his recollection, in the one brief
      appearance he made before the Grand Jury. As he testified, when
      informed of an incident involving Jerry Sandusky in 2001, Coach
      Paterno, followed University procedures and promptly and fully
      informed his superiors. He believed the matter would be thoroughly and
      professionally investigated and he did not interfere with or attempt
      to compromise any investigation.”

      The longtime defensive coach of Penn State's football team, Sandusky
      was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse last week. He could face
      a life sentence in prison.

      Schultz and Curley have been charged with perjury and failure to
      report allegations of abuse. Both maintain their innocence and await a
      trial in Dauphin County Court. Spanier has not been charged with any
      crime.

      Paterno was fired in November and died of lung cancer in January. He
      coached Penn State for 46 years and won more games than any major
      college football coach.
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