Paterno "was an integral part of this active decision to conceal," Freeh said at a news conference. He faces a minimum of 60 years in prison. On Thursday, his attorney filed a notice of appeal to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, saying the judge in the trial issued a protective order that required the defense team to disclose confidential work product. The Penn State scandal led to the ouster of Paterno and Spanier. Curley and Schultz are awaiting trial on charges accusing them of lying to a grand jury and failing to report abuse.

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They authorized us to engage preeminent experts and to obtain their independent analyses as an essential part of that review. This Critique of the Freeh report, which incorporates and attaches those independent analyses in full, sets the record straight. We conclude that the observations as to Joe Paterno in the Freeh report are unfounded, and have done a disservice not only to Joe Paterno and to the Penn State University community, but also to the victims of Jerry Sandusky and the critical mission of educating the public on the dangers of child sexual victimization.

Dick Thornburgh, former Attorney General of the United States, and experts Jim Clemente and Fred Berlin, have each carefully examined the July 12, report prepared by Louis Freeh, and have each determined that the report is deeply flawed and that key conclusions regarding Joe Paterno are unsubstantiated and unfair.

This Critique summarizes their expert conclusions and describes the most glaring errors on which the Freeh report is based. As described in more detail below, there is no reason to believe that Joe Paterno understood the threat posed by Jerry Sandusky better than qualified child welfare and law enforcement professionals.

There is no evidence that Joe Paterno conspired with Penn State officials to suppress information because of publicity concerns.

As Messrs. Thornburgh and Clemente and Dr. Berlin have each concluded, the full story behind the tragic events involving Jerry Sandusky is not the one told by the Freeh report.


Joe Paterno family releases report

The Paterno family report, which targets nearly every conclusion and assertion the Freeh report made about Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, states that while former FBI director Louis J. Freeh has had an honorable past and a good reputation, his investigation -- especially as it relates to Paterno -- relied on "rank speculation," "innuendo" and "subjective opinions" when it concluded that Paterno concealed facts about Sandusky in part to avoid bad publicity. Freeh was hired on Nov. Freeh said his team interviewed more than people and reviewed more than 3 million documents to prepare the page report. Released on July 12, the report concluded that Paterno -- along with former university president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz -- conducted a cover-up of allegations that Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator, sexually abused young boys. The Paterno family immediately roundly and loudly rejected the report, and, four days after its release, instructed its lawyer to form a "group of experts" to conduct a comprehensive review of the facts and conclusions. They authorized us to engage the preeminent experts in their field and to obtain their independent analyses.


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We see stories explode on the Internet almost every day and thousands of voices rush out to pass judgments. But, in the haste to find instant answers, the true story is often missed and justice ill-served. The condemnation of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal is an example of what can happen when pressure to produce a result outruns the record. In fact, the contrary is true. In the case of Paterno, this was a rush to injustice. He has been dealt with appropriately by our justice system, having been sentenced to serve up to 60 years in prison for his crimes. When the allegations against Sandusky became widely known in , the Penn State Board of Trustees hastily dismissed Joe Paterno after 61 years of service to the Penn State.

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