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O’Reilly almost gets it right

Last week, I talked about the turmoil that surrounded Penn State, Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky. Last night, Bill O’Reilly dedicated his Talking Points segment to the scandal. Bill O’Reilly (see video above) rightly chastises several people in the scandal for not calling the authorities. Then, in typical Bill O’Reilly fashion, he goes over the top. He basically calls for mandatory life sentences for anyone convicted of child molestation. I do believe that child molesters should receive harsh sentences. I do not believe they should be locked up forever. I do believe in redemption. I do believe that some people can change. I do believe that we should give them that opportunity. I am aware of the dismal record of rehabilitation.

Finally, I have to mention that Bill O’Reilly mentions that Penn State has “done the right thing by cleaning house.” Mike McQueary was/is the assistant coach who reportedly saw Jerry Sandusky molest a child in the showers. As far as I know, Mister McQueary is still employed at Penn State. So, Penn State did not “clean house” as thoroughly as Bill O’Reilly suggests. (I almost completely agreed with O’Reilly. I’m not sure if this is a time for celebration or personal introspection.)

This Penn State situation is truly awful. Resolution will not be quick. Every time it appears that things are moving in the right direction something else happens. There are allegations of Sandusky “pimping out” some of the young boys to high-class donors. This is kind of the sensational claim. There is also the District Judge, Leslie Dutchot, who used to volunteer for Sandusky’s charity, the Second Mile. She did not recuse herself from the case. It would seem to me, in this high profile case that a judge should reveal any connection that she had with coach Jerry Sandusky. Not doing so is a lapse of judgment. In this case which features nothing but huge lapses of judgment it would seem that we don’t need any more.

By |2011-11-15T13:47:57-04:00November 15th, 2011|Legal, Sports|2 Comments

Joe Paterno – Fired

A couple of days ago, I wrote a post in which I accused the media of focusing on some assistant coach that most of us had never heard of it having been accused of child molestation. Foolishly, I thought that this was an isolated case in which a disturbed man was responsible for an isolated act. I was wrong. As more more allegations and details pour out of Penn State, it is clear that something was really wrong. It is clear that Joe Paterno knew about the allegations but did the least instead of the most to protect children. It is also clear that several other people knew that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky molested children (this link is the grand jury indictment) and they did nothing to protect the children.

Last night, the president of Penn State University was fired. Last night, the Board of Trustees did the only thing that they could have possibly done to try to right so many wrongs and fired legendary coach Joe Paterno. It is a sad ending to an illustrious career. Now Penn State and the people of Pennsylvania need to figure out how this happened and what we can do to prevent it from happening ever again. In my opinion, Joe Paterno needs to personally set up a fund to help the eight boys who’d been sexually assaulted over a 15-year period. The Board of Trustees did the right thing, the only thing.

By |2011-11-10T07:35:03-04:00November 10th, 2011|Legal, Sports|Comments Off on Joe Paterno – Fired
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