Paternos Subtract Rather Than Add

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THE PATERNO FAMILY has offered its rebuttal, all legal-looking and footnoted and serious.


It identifies some flaws in the investigation commissioned by Penn State and carried out by Louis Freeh, and it attempts to invent some others. There are no new facts here, only new arguments. The result is uneven and unpersuasive.


The circumstances have always been complicated, but the defining issue has been relatively simple. We can argue about what Paterno and the rest did in 2001 when confronted with the allegation that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky showered with a boy in a university locker room. We can argue about what assistant coach Mike McQueary told Paterno, and what Paterno told athletic director Tim Curley, and what was...

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