News for 3/26/13

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 In snippets of a jailhouse interview conducted by filmmaker John Ziegler that aired on yesterday’s Today Show, Jerry Sandusky laughed while disputing Mike McQueary’s contention that Sandusky was sexually abusing a young boy in a Penn State locker room in 2001. Sandusky said he doesn’t understand how ‘anybody would have walked into that locker room from where he was and heard sounds associated that sex was going on and that would have been the last thing he would have thought about.”

When asked if he thought Joe Paterno would have allowed him to keep coaching if he knew he was a pedophile, Sandusky replied that” if he absolutely thought he was, he’d say no, but if he had suspicion, he didn’t know how to answer it.”

Ziegler, who told Today host Matt Lauer that he believes Paterno was “railroaded,” said that he also knows who victim 2 and claims that he has proof that victim 2 told investigators that Sandusky’s accusers are not to be believed and that Sandusky is the greatest thing that ever happened to him.

The filmmaker, who conducted the interview as part of his documentary “The Framing of Joe Paterno,” said he plans to release more audio clips of the interview later.Penn State responded to the interview saying that Sandusky's statements "continue to open wounds for his victims, and the victims of child sexual abuse everywhere."

Hearing

 A hearing for Victim 6 in the Jerry Sandusky case will be held today in Philadelphia. Judge Anita Brody will hear arguments from Penn State and the Second Mile about delaying the lawsuit against the victim.

Lawyers for the university and charity are looking to stay the case arguing that the criminal prosecutions of Tim Curley, Gary Schultz and Graham Spanier will prejudice the defense of the civil suit and want to wait until the criminal cases are settled. 

Penn State argues that the men will be critical witnesses in the case, but are expected to refuse to testify since they will not go trial until 2014 at the earliest. The hearing will be held at 2pm

Urban

Another major act is coming to the Bryce Jordan Center. Keith Urban will bring his “Light the Fuse Tour” 2013 to Happy Valley on Friday night November 22. Grammy winning group Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch will join Urban on the tour.

Tickets, which go on sale Friday April 5, are priced at $39.50 and $59.50.

Assault

Two men were arrested and accused of attacking and sexually assaulting two women in State College early Saturday morning.

According to WJAC-TV, police said the two men, Ricardo Cuevas-Jimenez and Galdino Salas Aburto, picked up the women and offered them a ride back to their campus residence, but the women say once they got near Pollock Commons, the men wouldn’t let them out.

The women told police Aburto sexually assaulted them. According to police, the women were rescued when officers spotted the vehicle in a parking lot with one of the women’s legs hanging out the door.

Emmert

 As expected, NCAA president Mark Emmert has no intention to reduce the sanctions levied against Penn State because of the Jerry Sandusky Scandal.

In an interview with Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio, Emmert said that he is pleased with how the university has responded to the sanctions, but confident in the decision he helped make.

Emmert reiterated that the organization operated on the facts of the Sandusky case to help make the decision and wouldn’t change the punishment unless a whole new set of facts would come forward. 

Melvin

A convicted Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice is stepping down. In a letter to Governor Corbett, Justice Joan Orie-Melvin told the governor “with deep regret and a broken heart” she would resign from the bench effective May 1.

Melvin has been suspended from the court since August. She, along with her sister Janine Orie were convicted last month of misusing state-paid staffers to do campaign work and found guilty of theft of services, conspiracy and misappropriation of state property.

She will be sentenced on May 7.