Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane appointed special prosecutor Geoffrey Moulton today to investigate the state’s handling of the Sandusky scandal, fulfilling her campaign promise to investigate Governor Corbett’s role in potentially slow playing Sandusky’s arrest for political gain.
“Mr. Moulton is a highly respected former federal prosecutor who will assist us in providing a comprehensive and independent examination of the facts surrounding the handling of the Sandusky investigation,” Kane said in a press release. “Once the facts have been uncovered, my office will make these findings available to the public.”
Moulton, an Associate Professor at Widener University School of Law and former assistant in the U.S. attorney general’s office, will report directly to Kane and begin immediately. Some may recognize Moulton’s name from his well-known investigation into the Branch Davidian compound as part of the Waco Siege in 1993.
The New York Times reported late last week that Kane was close to naming her investigator. The purpose of the investigation was to “evaluate how child abuse case was handled.”
“It’s never taken me that long” to build a case against a molester, Kane told the Times. “I was on the campaign trail almost two years; I didn’t go a single place without somebody asking me why it took so long.”
“The criticism that Ms. Kane has is that she would never have put this in a grand jury,” Corbett said to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “My observation is, I don’t think she’s ever been involved in a grand jury or understands how it operates.”
Kane has received widespread praise from the Penn State community for her promise to investigate Governor Corbett’s role in not bringing Jerry Sandusky to justice sooner. Corbett has maintained that the state did not have enough to arrest Sandusky before he took office in 2010.
“I am not afraid at the very end, after every stone has been turned, to tell everyone, ‘Nothing went wrong here,’ ” Kane said.