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Sandusky Case Will Cause Pa. AG Corbett to Lose Re-election

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Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 02:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

What goes around, comes around. And in the scandal rocking Pennsylvania’s capital now making national headlines, where thousands of sexually graphic emails were received and forwarded by employees of then-Attorney General Tom Corbett, it’s coming around in a huge way.
 
Irony is a gross understatement considering:
  • Randy Feathers, the narcotics agent picked by Corbett to lead the investigation into Jerry Sandusky’s horrific exploits, received 436 extremely pornographic emails, and forwarded 39 of them, while working in the AG’s office. (Side note: Why did a narcotics agent investigate child sex crimes despite Corbett having Child Predator Units? Good question, and one Corbett won’t answer.)
  •  And State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, currently serving in Corbett’s cabinet, received 338 pornographic emails while serving as Corbett’s Chief of Criminal Investigations during the Sandusky investigation. Noonan did not forward any emails, though it remains unclear why he didn’t put an immediate end to them.
Pedophilia and adult porn are two different things. And while forwarding sexual emails from state computers is a fireable offense, it is likely not illegal. But more importantly, what does it say about the judgment and professionalism of supervisory agents in charge of one of the most explosive pedophilia cases in history?

And, ultimately, what does it speak to the competency of Corbett, with whom the buck stops, who was either asleep at the switch (a failure of leadership), or was aware and did nothing. (From Chris Christie to Roger Goodell to Pope John Paul II, “I didn’t know” has become a common theme, aka a cop-out).
 
Feathers, who now sits on the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (courtesy of a Corbett appointment), and Noonan are among numerous former AG employees embroiled in the scandal, which occurred between 2008 and 2012.
 
That time period completely encompassed the staggeringly long 33-month Sandusky investigation, leading many to justifiably wonder: If AG personnel spent more time trying to get a monster off the street (and boatloads of prosecutors state he could have been arrested much earlier), and less time engaging in wildly inappropriate emails, might fewer children have been victimized?
 
A fair question, since Corbett admitted that Sandusky could have preyed upon other children during the drawn-out investigation.
 
This latest revelation casts yet another pall on a Sandusky investigation rife with errors and misjudgments. It also reinforces what so many instinctively feel: that Corbett completely mishandled the Sandusky case. While not often polled, the Sandusky investigation is perhaps the most decisive factor in whether voters will return Corbett to Harrisburg.
 
If he can’t be trusted to do the right thing for the most vulnerable (our children), how can he be relied upon to lead on any other issue? Without credibility, leadership is impossible. And the Sandusky albatross makes Corbett’s credibility nonexistent.
 
Without question, Corbett will become the first governor in modern Pennsylvania history to lose re-election (despite it shaping up to be a big Republican year).
 
On behalf of Pennsylvanians seeking the truth, here’s an open letter:
 
Dear Governor,
 
On Election Day, it’s not Tom Wolf we’ll be voting for, but against you.
 
Four years ago, you ran as a law-and-order candidate; We believed you, and swept you in by a 10-point margin.
 
Yet your tenure as the state’s chief executive has been marked by ineptitude, nonexistent communication, broken campaign promises, and a belligerent attitude toward the legislature, all of which combined to keep Pennsylvania stagnant.
 
As we now know, your reign as attorney general was marked by similar incompetence, most of all regarding the Jerry Sandusky investigation. The welfare of children should have come first, even if that meant taking on Penn State, and possibly hurting your gubernatorial campaign.
 
But it didn’t.
 
Instead, children were placed at risk because you waited so long to take action. By arresting him earlier, the floodgates would have opened and more victims would have stepped forward, knowing the spotlight was on their torturer.
 
As CBS News reported, “Corbett admits he worried that Jerry Sandusky could still be victimizing boys as the probe continued, but he says his fears were allayed somewhat by the belief that Sandusky ‘had to know’ he was being investigated, saying, ‘It was a calculated risk . . . not the one that you really easily want to take.’”
 
Why did you gamble with children’s lives? You owe the victims, and all Americans, an answer. Yet your silence has been deafening.
 
You had the power to put a speedy end to Sandusky’s reign of terror, but chose not to, and your non-answers smack of arrogance. It’s either incompetence or politics, with no third option. Regardless, in a little over a month, it won’t matter. Justice will finally be served.
 
Is it personal? Damn right.
 
In the hope that such a horror never recurs, how could it not be?
 
Enjoy your retirement.
 
Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.
 
 
 

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