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Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:13 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

The Jerry Sandusky scandal in State College took an interesting turn over the weekend, when it was pointed out that the judge who released the former Penn State defensive coordinator on bail had ties to The Second Mile - the charity founded by Sandusky.

Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of sexually abusing children, targeting many of his victims through the organization set up for troubled youths. Prosecutors in the case requested $500,000 bail for Sandusky, but Judge Leslie Dutchcot allowed him to be freed on $100,000 unsecured bail.

Judge Dutchcot's biography on the website of the law firm Goodall & Yurchak previously listed her as a volunteer for The Second Mile. Since news of the ties between the district judge and Sandusky spread, it appears the law firm has opted to pull down all of their attorney and staff profiles from the website.

Dutchcot's ties to Sandusky probably should have been addressed publicly before presiding on the case. If is possible her volunteering could have had no direct contact to the alleged sex offender at all. However, dropping the bail to 20% of the prosecution's request and then pulling the biography from the law firm's website do not help Dutchcot's argument for being the right person to preside over this matter.

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Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:43 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

It's all going to cointinue to get worse and worse.....the scandal.  God help those involved.  You're going to need it.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:42 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

This scandal is just unbelievable.  If the Feds have jurisdiction they need to step in because no one from the State of Pennsylvania is trustworthy in this. 

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:19 pm
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Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:17 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Happy Valley is about as insular a community as one will find anywhere in college athletics; An "off-the-grid" campus with dead-cell service zones in the cold North-East, an extremely rural atmospher
e, and an "us against them" mentality in many quarters. Accustomed to scrutiny ONLY as it pertains to how each Football season unfolds, 40+ counts of sodomizing a minor coupled with years of tacit knowledge that these horrifying events were still likely transpiring will certainly put one under the National-microscope. There are so many disturbing aspects to this story that selecting one for discussion is a challenge. So, I pick this one; That the University and it's supporters continue to delude themselves into believing that they can conduct spin & execute damage control. How else could a Judge...the most critical officer of the court at this juncture in the investigation, fail to reveal her ties to Sandusky and recuse herself from the case? 
Even if the NCAA takes no action against the school, and I believe that they must, the scope of the scandal and ugliness of the charges, the rightful termination of Paterno and EVERYONE remotely attached to the program and charity, and the shame of being a Collegiate Football player affiliated with a program faced with these charges? it will be a decade or 2 before Penn State is able to field a nationally competitive program again. 

Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:17 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Hope they have a board of ethics for the judges in that state.  Judge Dutchot needs to 'splain the thought process in allowing this "accused" offender to go loose on the public with a bail amount which is both unsecured and quite makeable for anyone with a little escrow in a house.  The state seems to have been more than accomodating by asking for a bail amount that was still possible, at $500 K.  With 40 counts hanging over this sleaze, a solid case could have been made to remand him; although, I beleive he is a flight risk in any event.

Really think this guy will eat a gun before this comes to trial.  Or at least he should think about it.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:15 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

I've seen the Penn State case compared to both the McMartin case and the Duke Lacrosse case by people saying "innocent until proven guilty" and using those cases as proof that Sandusky may be found not guilty.

Let's remember the key facts and distinctions here:

1)  McMartin - that whole mess was started by a schizophrenic mother and, if you've ever read seriously about the case, the prosecution was never able to find substantial corroborating evidence.  Ways in which the children were interviewed, the increasing unbelievability of their testimony, all cast doubt on the case.  Charges had to be dropped on a number of defendants because the cases were SO weak.  No one was ever convicted of anything.  Ultimately, the only "evidence" were stories and coerced statements being told to police and investigators.

2)  Duke Lacrosse - one accuser, also with a profound history of psychological problems, makes her accusation.  All the Duke players there that night denied any such rape, assault, or any kind of action corroborating the accuser's statement (would they all lie to protect 3 guys, thereby committing crimes themselves?).  Absolutely no evidence supported the rape charge, and in fact a huge amount of evidence showed she was lying (timeline, DNA, story changed over 10 times, her other lies about not being a prostitute and not having had sex with anyone for weeks prior to that night, etc.).  Charges dropped, proclamation of innocence, corrupt DA disbarred.

3)  Penn State - we have multiples police investigations, multiple eyewitness accounts from adults, multiple statements from multiple accusers.  We have Sandusky himself admitting to showering with young boys within the earshot of police.   We have adult eyewitnesses (the janitor, the wresting coach, McQueary).  We have phone evidence of Sandusky calling Victim 1 60 times in a year-long period.

So you have a bunch of child accusers in #1 (some of whom have recanted years later), one mentally ill accuser in #2 (by the way, the state of North Carolina finally dropped the charges once they confronted her with impossibilities in her testimony - and she changed her story to being levitated off the ground during the supposed rape - concluding she was clearly mentally ill).

In #3, Penn State, to conclude Sandusky is innocent, you have to conclude McQueary, every victim, and everyone associated with this case are lying.  That the 18-month grand jury investigation is all nonsense.  A much greater stretch than in #1 or #2. 

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:02 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Oh, I totally understand why the Second Mile has taken down it's website.  Take a look at its Board of directors, it reads like a Who's Who in Pennsylvania:

Second Mile Board of Directors: Honorary Board

John R. Cappelletti - Retired PSU & NFL Football Player, Heisman Trophy Winner
R. R. M. Carpenter, III - Former Owner, Philadelphia Phillies
James E. Ford - Retired Vice President, Kmart
William A. Gettig - President, Gettig Technologies, Inc.
Jack Ham - Retired NFL Player, Pittsburgh Steelers, Hall of Fame
Franco Harris - Retired NFL Player, Pittsburgh Steelers, Hall of Fame
Dr. Bryce Jordan - Retired, Penn State University President
Willi Maier - President, Omni Plastics, Inc.
Matt Millen - ESPN Football Analyst
Arnold D. Palmer - President, Arnold Palmer Enterprises
Andy Reid - Head Football Coach, Philadelphia Eagles
Dr. John Reidell - General Surgeon, Past Second Mile Board President
Dominic Toscani - Owner & President, Paris Business Forms
Richard Vermeil - Retired NFL Head Coach, (Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles)
Mark Wahlberg - Actor, Rapper, and Film & TV Producer
Verne Willaman - Retired Chairman and President, Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp.
Quentin Wood - Retired Chairman and CEO, Quaker State Oil Refining Corp.
Richard A. Zimmerman - Retired Chairman of the Board, Hershey Foods

And now, local media muckraker, Mark Madden, is reporting that Sandusky may have been "pimping out" boys participating in Second Mile activities to wealthy donors.  Can it possibly get any sleazier?  No wonder so many people tried so hard to keep all this under wraps.  Am I the only person wondering why a serial predatory pediphile was allowed free access to young boys over a spam of 15 years, given free reign on the university campus (inlcuing lots of secluded places where he could commit his crimes), and routinely rubbed elbows with the rich and powerful in his home state?  And no he's free on such a low bail considering the horrible nature of the charges?  It this was an "ordinary" citizen, not one protected by the Penn St. network, he would have been locked up with NO bail allowed!  Has common sense deserted the entire state?

Sounds like this judge is only one of a long list of people with an awful lot of explaining to do!!

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:59 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Having grown up in Manhattan Beach at the time of the Mcmartin case, I remember it well and yes in the sense of innocent until proven guilty you are correct. But lets also keep in mind, Paterno has lawyered up, the vice president and AD left their positions, the president of Second Mile stepped down and not too mention the questionable disappearance of the former District Attorney. This case is not at all like the Mcmartin case when you start to look at how many people are involved or had knowledge of what allegedly transpired. Paterno himself has already admitted to wishing he had done more, not to mention what Sandusky said to the mothers of one of the victims, which was overheard by two police officers hiding in the house. Apples and Oranges I think Lost Angels

Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:59 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

The FBI needs to take control of this case! That is the ONLY way that the right people will be held accountable for their actions. 40 counts of child molestation and you get released on  unsecured bail by a judge who has ties to your charity. Someone has to step in and stop this madness. This whole case is gonna get worse once deals are offered and people start talking to save themselves. Dont be suprised what other names will come up during this trial!

Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:42 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

rod smart sanduscky most likely had to pay a bondsman 10 percent 10 grand with the bondsman taking the risk on the rest of the 100,000 , which they would do as long as he had collertal probally putting up his house ... Where is he gonna run to !! the philliphines lol where that shit is legal !!!!!! everybody gets bail except capital murderers and he should ,because he is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law "..... how funny this country forgets the past remember the mcmartin case in california

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