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Dick Thornburgh Releases Statement on Freeh and Paterno Reports

Before today’s Penn State Board of Trustees meeting got underway in Hershey this afternoon, former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh, who helped commission the Paterno report, released a statement urging the Board of Trustees to publicly review both the Freeh and Paterno report.

The full statement can be read below:

When we released our review of the Freeh report we were very careful not to question the motives or challenge the integrity of Mr. Freeh, his investigators or members of the Penn State Board of Trustees. Overheated rhetoric and personal attacks do nothing to advance the objective we all share of finding the truth in the Sandusky scandal.

That some members of the Board of Trustees want to reject our report out of hand, without the benefit of a review or discussion is unfortunate.  We believe the better course would be for the Board to have a public review of both reports. I personally would welcome a chance to discuss these issues with the Board.

We also believe that all of the files and records related to Mr. Freeh’s investigation should be released to the public. This will make it easier for everyone to judge the accuracy and thoroughness of his work.  The flaws of the Freeh report cannot be dismissed or overlooked. They are significant and numerous and must be addressed.  This case will not be resolved until the record is set straight.

Follow tweets from @OnwardState for updates from the meeting or view the live stream here.

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Drew Balis

Drew is a senior marketing major. This fall, he will be covering Penn State Football for Onward State. He is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and loves THON and Domonic Brown.

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