Corbett “Disappointed” in Old PSU Leadership
The special investigation by former FBI Director Louis Freeh into Penn State unearthed incriminating emails never obtained by the commonwealth's investigation into Jerry Sandusky for child sex abuse, and that has Governor Tom Corbett a bit miffed. Corbett said during a news conference today that he did not get those emails during the grand jury investigation led by him when he was the Pennsylvania Attorney General.
Corbett said there was a lack of cooperation from the school's former administration when his office subpoenaed the university. Former President Graham Spanier was forced to resign shortly after news of the abuse became public.
Corbett said it was that change in leadership between his investigation and the investigation headed by Louis Freeh that made the difference.
"The prior administration, they made decisions as to how they would deliver and what they would deliver, and I'm sure that is the subject of much discussion on the 16th floor of Strawberry Square." The Attorney General's office is headquartered on the 16th floor of Strawberry Square in Harrisburg.
Corbett's criticism did not stop with the former PSU president. "The Board was in a position to say, 'We need this information,' as well was everybody else and direct the new administration to comply — basically, open up the doors — and I think that's what happened."
The governor said he wouldn't step on the toes of current Attorney General Linda Kelly by speculating about whether she should press charges against Spanier.
The Attorney General's investigation is said to be "ongoing."
Corbett also commented on the possibility the NCAA may shut down Penn State's football program because of the scandal. He said he hopes the association considers the harm a shutdown would have on central Pennsylvania's economy.