STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS/AP) — The lawyers for Penn State administrators accused of lying to a grand jury and not reporting suspected child abuse by Jerry Sandusky say a report critical of their clients’ actions didn’t show the full picture.
The attorneys for athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz on Thursday said the investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh was flawed.
Curley’s lawyer Caroline Roberto calls it a “lopsided document that leaves the majority of the story untold.”
Read Roberto’s full statement below:
“The Freeh Group was limited in its investigation by lack of subpoena power and the reluctance of many people to be interviewed. Therefore, the Freeh Report has limited impact on the defense of Tim Curley. At the request of the Pennsylvania Attorney General, the Freeh Group did not interview critical witnesses such as Mike McQueary and others. The result is a lopsided document that leaves the majority of the story untold.
Thus, the conclusions reached in the Freeh Report are based on an incomplete record.
A complete record can and will be made in a court of law, aided by the power of subpoena, where all of the witnesses are subject to thorough cross examination. Fortunately for Mr. Curley, the Constitution guarantees that the criminal charges pending against him will be decided by twelve citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania based upon proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and not upon mere opinions drawn from limited sources.
Mr. Curley looks forward to his day in court and the opportunity to present a comprehensive slate of facts to an impartial jury, within the fair confines of a judicial proceeding where he is presumed innocent.”
Schultz attorney Tom Farrell says there were no efforts to conceal Sandusky’s behavior.
Read Farrell’s statement below:
“Since the Attorney General’s office prevented Louis Freeh and his team access to critical witnesses with full knowledge of all of the facts, the Freeh Report is not fair, full, accurate or complete. Absent the opportunity to interview critical witnesses, including, but not limited to Mike McQueary, Chief of Police Tom Harmon and former Assistant District Attorney Karen Arnold, the Freeh Report, like the Grand Jury Presentment, does not provide a comprehensive rendition of the facts.
When the complete factual story is told before an impartial jury, it will be clear that Mike McQueary never told Mr. Schultz that he witnessed Mr. Sandusky engaging in anal intercourse with a young boy, that Mr. Schultz did not possess or maintain any secret files about Mr. Sandusky, and that there were no efforts between and among Messrs. Schultz, Curley, Paterno and Spanier to conceal Mr. Sandusky’s behavior.”
Roberto and Farrell say the conclusions reached in the Freeh report were based on an incomplete record and their clients will prove their innocence in court.
They’re awaiting trial in Harrisburg, but a date hasn’t been set.
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