Saturday, December 17, 2011
Penn State: Defense attorney invokes Brooklyn justice
Defense Attorney Tom Farrell: "what I would have done, which is get the boys in the car with a few baseball bats and crowbars and take it to the fellow."
Former Penn State University vice-president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley, had a preliminary hearing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on December 16th related to the Penn State sex scandal and cover-up involving Jerry Sandusky. Schultz's attorney, Tom Farrell, predicted his client would be acquitted.
According to ABC News, Farrell also took a shot at Paterno, saying, "I'm an Italian from Brooklyn, and he may not have called the police but he may have done what I would have done, which is get the boys in the car with a few baseball bats and crowbars and take it to the fellow."
Interesting that Farrell said he "may not have called the police," but he would have taken some extreme action like going over and physically assaulting Sandusky. However, his client--who over saw the university police department--chose to do nothing for 10 days. Schultz didn't grab a a bat or crowbar, he didn't pick-up the phone and inform the campus police chief--his direct subordinate. Instead, he waited 10 days to talk to Mike McQueary, then talked with Sandusky and the Second Mile and ultimately deep-sixed the whole matter.
By Farrell's own "old school Brooklyn" standards Schultz failed miserably in responding to the alleged rape of a child on the Penn State campus.
Defense lawyers argued that a perjury charge in Pennsylvania cannot be based solely on one person's oath versus another's. The defense said uncorroborated testimony from McQueary is not enough. Curley's attorney, Caroline Roberto, said prosecutors "will never be able to reach their burden of proof at a trial," in part because McQueary "minimized" the alleged assault to Paterno.
To read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/accused-penn-state-higher-ups-face-perjury-hearing-15168296