PS4RS Puts Field of AG Candidates on Notice

February 17, 2016 —- Pennsylvanians will be electing a new Attorney General this November. The grassroots watchdog group Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship (PS4RS), which organized in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, today calls upon each candidate to state his or her commitment to ferreting out the corruption that has negatively impacted the Pennsylvania State University.

  • Will the candidate conduct a thorough investigation of potential corruption within Jerry Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile Foundation (“TSM”)? Will the candidate explore which TSM personnel were aware of complaints about Jerry Sandusky’s interactions with children and why these individuals failed to report their knowledge to authorities? Will the candidate explore inconsistencies in TSM financial records?
  • Will the candidate investigate former state prosecutor Frank Fina for potential prosecutorial misconduct in connection with the charges brought against former Penn State administrators Tim Curley, Gary Schultz and Graham Spanier, including deliberately misleading both the defendants and a judge with respect to Cynthia Baldwin’s role?
  • Will the candidate acknowledge that the prosecution of the Penn State administrators depends – in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution – on the retroactive application of a law passed years after the incident, drop the charges, and apologize to the Penn State community for the damage that the OAG’s politically motivated prosecution has caused?
  • Will the candidate direct the Non-Profit Enforcement unit of the Attorney General’s office to investigate the breach of fiduciary duty by certain Pennsylvania State University Board trustees – which has cost the University hundreds of millions of dollars – in the wake of the Sandusky indictment?
  • Will the candidate investigate certain members of the Penn State Board of Trustees’ Special Investigative Task Force, certain members of the NCAA Executive Committee, NCAA President Mark Emmert and Louis Freeh for potential criminal conspiracy and fraud?
  • Will the candidate continue Attorney General Kane’s and Special Prosecutor Doug Gansler’s efforts to root out corruption in the Commonwealth judiciary, identifying all parties who participated in inappropriate and prejudicial ex parte communication?
  • Will the candidate maintain Attorney General Kane’s commitment to protecting Pennsylvania’s children by swiftly bringing child abusers – particularly sexual abusers – to justice, unlike previous attorneys general?

According to PS4RS spokesperson Maribeth Roman Schmidt, “the PS4RS membership of more than 40,000 expects the candidates to reflect carefully on these issues and to address them in their election platforms,” she said. “Our members will be keenly aware of these issues when they enter the voting booth in November 2016.”