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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: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 12:06 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

I think they have been living in isolation for so long up there in Happy Valley they have no idea how things are supposed to work.  The good ole boy network is alive and well up there.  How would a judge not think this is an issue?  I question more and more everything PSU.  How many of the major infractions by other universitys are self reported?  It seems that PSU just handles everything internally, why not NCAA infractions too.

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:59 am

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Not only is this an OBVIOUS conflict of interest, but it is MORALLY wrong on this judge's part!!  I really hope the Bar Association is going to act swiftly upon such negligence and irresponsibility from DOUCHEcot!!!!!!

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:53 am

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

There are a bunch of rumors that have been floating around saying that this scandal goes pretty deep.  It's things like this that make you wonder exactly how deep it really goes.

Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:46 am

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Unfortunately there will be many more tied to Sandusky's exploits in days, weeks and months ahead.  It is shocking that a judge empowered with determining the law allowed herself to rule on this case.  The culture of "the greater good" when it comes to Penn State Football needs to be totally dissalved.  Those who attempt to reclaim the Penn State stellar reputation are hurt by those who put personal agendas before the truth and justice. 

We will be shocked many times by those who have been entrusted.  It's hard to keep the faith and stay focused but we must try.

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:41 am

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

 agree with Trojan, this is a conflict of interest and the judge should have requested to be taken off the case.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:31 am

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

This seems pretty typical for this case.  First, I must admit that I was shocked by the bail reduction.  If it were multiple women that were raped, would be suspected rapist be out on $75k bail?  I know this article says $100k, but I have seen it written several times that it was only $75k.  Regardless, how can a judge justify reducing it to this degree.  This just looks more and more like the issue of the Catholic church.  Almost everyone was involved, and none of them cared about the children.  Evidently, the same can be said about happy valley.  Is that why those scumbags are so happy?  Sickening. 

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:24 am

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

This judge didn't see any real or perceived conflict of interest?  just another black mark on this whole disgraceful episode.  This judge should have recused herself immediately.  Shame on her too!

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