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COMMENTARY: WILLIAM A. LEVINSON PSU case constructed on shaky ground


January 12. 2014 11:43PM
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A blood libel is a false and malicious accusation of a particularly heinous crime, and often an excuse for violence against its target. Examples include accusations that Jews killed Christian children for religious purposes, Emperor Nero’s accusation that Christians set fire to Rome and conspiracy theories that the United States perpetrated 9/11.


Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary’s sworn testimony seemingly proves the grand jury presentment’s assertion that McQueary “saw a naked boy, Victim 2, … being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked (Jerry) Sandusky” to be a blood libel of Penn State, Coach Joe Paterno and Penn State administrators Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. All were condemned for failure to take sufficient action on McQueary’s report of this vicious crime against a child, when McQueary testified under oath that he never witnessed this crime.


This falsehood in the grand jury presentment is, therefore, what Gen. Carl von Clausewitz would call the following people’s and entities’ center of gravity. This is the foundation upon which their entire cause depends, and the premise on which they have staked their names and reputations.


• The prosecutors who have charged Penn State administrators Spanier, Curley and Schultz with perjury and other crimes.


• Louis Freeh, who accused these people of covering up for Sandusky.


• Penn State’s Board of Trustees as of Nov. 11, 2011, when it fired Spanier and Paterno.


• The NCAA, which sanctioned Penn State for covering up for Sandusky to protect its football program.


• Buzz Bissinger, Dan Bernstein (CBS Chicago) and other media personalities who seemingly thrive on raw sensationalism.


In the Bible, Matthew 7:27 describes what happens to houses with foundations of sand. “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”


The court transcript of McQueary’s sworn testimony does exactly that. (See http://media.pennlive.com/midstate_impact/other/Curley-Schultz-Hearing-Transcript.pdf)


• Page 56: McQueary heard a few (two or three) slapping noises from the shower, and made up his mind on the spot that some kind of male-male sexual activity was taking place. “… visualizations come to your head of what may be in the showers. So I was already embarrassed and slightly like, should I be here. I want to get out of here.”


This testimony seemingly exemplifies the contention in forensic psychologist Scott Fraser’s “Why eyewitnesses get it wrong.” The human brain, which “abhors a vacuum,” creates memories based on inferences and partial information.


• Page 89: McQueary did not bother to write any notes for future reference. “I had my memory and I know what I saw.”


• Pages 89-90: The defense attorney reminded McQueary that a crime required police intervention. He then testified that he and his father, to whom he told the story, decided to not call the police on the night of the incident.


• Pages 93-97: McQueary did not see actual sexual contact between Sandusky and the boy, or any behavior by the boy to suggest he was being harmed.


• Pages 99-101: McQueary reiterated that he would have called the police over a burglary, but “not for Jerry Sandusky doing what he was doing to a boy.” Then he added that his best judgment was to leave the boy alone with Sandusky, and that he never made any effort to find out what happened to him.


In addition, Penn State alumna Eileen Morgan has posted “Mike McQueary’s Credibility Chart” at http://march4truth.com/research- -reports.html. As the post states: “This needs to be shared far and wide because this appears to be the epicenter, along with PSU Trustees’ actions, of how the Sandusky Scandal became the Penn State Scandal.”




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