Graham Spanier SLAMS Governor Tom Corbett

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Earlier today, as you’ve probably heard, ex-Penn State president Graham Spanier was charged with crimes relating to the cover-up surrounding Jerry Sandusky. Among the charges were three felonies– perjury, endangering the welfare of children, and conspiracy. Not good for a once respected university president and published family psychologist.

[Charges were also added for Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, the latter of which apparently kept a “Sandusky” file detailing child incidents and was billed for 2.9 hours of work by Penn State’s law firm the Sunday after hearing about what Mike McQueary saw in the showers.]

A few months back, Spanier ripped the Freeh report and it’s findings. Now he’s going after Governor Tom Corbett and state attorney general Linda Kelly. Like, really going after. This is the statement released by Spanier’s lawyers today. Buckle up: [NBC Philadelphia]

Today’s Presentment is the latest desperate act by Governor Tom Corbett to cover up and divert attention away from the fact that he failed to warn the Penn State community about the suspicions surrounding Jerry Sandusky, and instead knowingly allowed a child predator to roam free in Pennsylvania. Its timing speaks volumes. These charges are the work of a vindictive and politically motivated Governor working through an un-elected attorney general, Linda Kelly, whom he appointed to do his bidding and who will be a lame duck five days from now. 

There is no factual basis to support these charges, which may explain why the Attorney General and her staff have steadfastly refused – for a full year – to meet with Dr. Spanier or his lawyers to discuss this matter despite repeated attempts to do so, or to accept Dr. Spanier’s offer to appear before the grand jury again to clarify any misconceptions.

From late 2008 through November of 2011, as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, Tom Corbett clearly knew about the allegations against Jerry Sandusky and yet failed to act. And this failure allowed Sandusky to continue to harm children for nearly three years after he could have and should have been warned, stopped or indicted. The Governor’s legally indefensible explanations, repeated by Attorney General Kelly at her news conference today – that he couldn’t expose Sandusky for fear of compromising an ongoing grand jury investigation or that he needed more evidence – are patently absurd.
And so, on the one hand, Corbett had access to detailed allegations about Sandusky’s child abuse and, as the chief law enforcement officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, allowed it to continue. On the other, Dr. Spanier was not privy to any details about a 1998 investigation that actually exonerated Sandusky and then, in 2001, was told only about an incident characterized as “horseplay.”

Governor Corbett has made no secret of his personal hostility toward Dr. Spanier, as many witnesses will attest. He is now manipulating public officials and resources to settle a personal score.

Linda Kelly’s willingness to continue this farce, on behalf of the politically motivated Governor who appointed her, apparently knows no bounds. She has already been put on notice by both candidates for Attorney General, one of whom will replace her, that they intend to review her investigation thoroughly. For her to deny, as she did a few minutes ago, that politics played no role in these charges being made five days before an election, is patently false.
Graham Spanier has committed no crime and looks forward to the opportunity to clear his good name and well-earned national reputation for integrity. This Presentment is a politically motivated frame-up of an innocent man. And if these charges ever come to trial, we will prove it.

The people of this Commonwealth, and the next Attorney General, should be outraged by this blatantly political, transparently vindictive, last-minute act of cowardice and desperation.


Shit. That’s not just the standard my client is innocent and being set up response. That’s Spanier, through his lawyers, attacking a sitting governor for not only endangering the welfare of children, but also for playing politics with the legal system.

This could all be the actions of a desperate man (Spanier), or, some serious truth being spit by a guy with a top-secret government clearance.

Once thing is clear, however: Somewhere, Greg Bucceroni is applauding.

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14 Responses

  1. what a jerk off
    “1998 investigation that actually exonerated Sandusky”
    EXONERATED ??!! – the DA decided not to bring criminal charges because all they had was a 50-something guy showering and non-sexual touching with a 10-year-old. – no crimes that would have held up in court
    more than enough information that should have had this perv forever thrown off campus – FOREVER !!!
    in 2001, was told only about an incident characterized as “horseplay.”
    again with the ‘horseplay’ defense – man naked, boy naked, in shower at night –
    no biggie for PSU officials –

  2. It kind of sounds desperate.
    This was as high of a profile case that you can get, and we know that Corbett was investigating all the way back into 2008. My assumption is he, and the AG office wanted to make sure they had every ‘i’ dotted, and every ‘t’ crossed because they were going after the PSU Football Machine, and the demagogue of pennsylvania, Joe Paterno, would be involved some how.
    Sorry Spanier, I think you’re fucked.

  3. Spanier is scum. He deserves to be in jail because he was in on this.
    But Corbett is no better. If you think he’s done a great job, a good job, or even just his damn job, you’re fucking crazy. The guy is culpable, too. Do not re-elect that piece of shit next time he’s up.

  4. All this information came out with the Freeh report back in fuckin July. Pretty interesting timing to have new charges drop the week before an election.

  5. Career
    Spanier contributed to the publication of ten books and over 100 scholarly journal articles while a researcher. As a family sociologist, demographer, and marriage and family therapist, he was the founding editor of the Journal of Family Issues.[6] Spanier was also an author of a study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior concerning the practice of mate swapping, or “swinging”.[7]
    Spanier earned an annual salary of $545,016 while President of Penn State. His compensation was ranked third among his peers at surveyed public universities nationwide,[8] and was the fifth-highest university pay in America, a total annual package in excess of $800,000.[9]
    “Spanier spent five years trying to block the release … by The Patriot-News of Harrisburg [of] the salaries of Penn State’s highest-paid officials, including [Joe] Paterno, from the state retirement system. … The university lost before the pension board, the Commonwealth Court and, in 2007, the State Supreme Court.”
    So Spanier is an expert with “wife swapping” ?
    Spanier knows all. Thats why he’s going after Corbett.
    Spaniers secret clearance is his get out of jail card.

  6. Wow, That Gary Shultz guys is walking the thin line between looking like and not looking like Hitler. 1/4″ both ways on that ‘stache and, well, Hitler.

  7. Guilty or Innocent Spanier is on the right track. The Gov, CYS, DPW, Second Mile, and many other government officials knew exactly what was going on. Now they are trying to distance themselves and put all the culpability on PSU.

  8. I “like” this..especially the tie-in regarding Greg Bucceroni at the end. Great job on GSD Kyle..I see Al is already giving you crap..”who is the newest addition to GSD?” 🙂

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