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Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:13 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

The Jerry Sandusky scandal in State College took an interesting turn over the weekend, when it was pointed out that the judge who released the former Penn State defensive coordinator on bail had ties to The Second Mile - the charity founded by Sandusky.

Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of sexually abusing children, targeting many of his victims through the organization set up for troubled youths. Prosecutors in the case requested $500,000 bail for Sandusky, but Judge Leslie Dutchcot allowed him to be freed on $100,000 unsecured bail.

Judge Dutchcot's biography on the website of the law firm Goodall & Yurchak previously listed her as a volunteer for The Second Mile. Since news of the ties between the district judge and Sandusky spread, it appears the law firm has opted to pull down all of their attorney and staff profiles from the website.

Dutchcot's ties to Sandusky probably should have been addressed publicly before presiding on the case. If is possible her volunteering could have had no direct contact to the alleged sex offender at all. However, dropping the bail to 20% of the prosecution's request and then pulling the biography from the law firm's website do not help Dutchcot's argument for being the right person to preside over this matter.

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Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:23 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Sorry I guess the original report was wrong saying Corbett knew in 2002. He knew about it in 2009. What the hell is the difference the POS knew about it just like the rest involved but was probably to busy running for governor to get involved. Keep defending and supporting these low life POS politicians and help them drive our state and country into what has all but become communism. This entire country needs overhauled and right now.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:26 pm

Rename it Pedo State

The judge should have recused herself from the bail hearing, citing a potential conflict of interest.  That would have been the reasonable and honorable thing to do.  But there has been nothing reasonable or honorable about this entire Pedo State University scandal.  It's looking like everybody knew that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky loved boys (literally), but they were all willing to do the absolute bare minimum to cover their asses legally, then conveninetly look the other way.

Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:51 am

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Considering the reported time line and nature of the allegations spanning a decade, you would have to ask yourself would you want this person that lives next to a school yard to have access to even more potential victims. He was bold enough to have commited these allegations in a semi open area without fear of getting discovered even after he had been previously exposed for inappropiate behaviour on several other occasions. I believe he should be considered a threat to the public welfare and be held without bond. I certainly wouldn't want to have him in my community.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:05 am

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Before everyone has a coronary, something needs to be understood.  In Missouri, the sole purpose, the only legitimate legal purpose of a bond, is to secure the presense of the defendant in the courtroom to answer the charges.  I would suspect it is the same in Pennsylvania.  Bond is not set to keep the person off the street.  If you want to keep them off the street, you deny bond, but the criteria for denying bond must be met to deny a bond.  This is not a capital case, and no bond is probably not an option.  Therefore, legally, the judge can only set the bond at a figure that will secure the presense of the defendant in the courtroom.  Anything higher is an illegal (unconstitutional) pretrial punishment.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:46 am

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

I agree with you 100%!!  The Country is a sinking ship and someone needs to step up and be honest with everything..First the Media is Dumbing us down with all the trash they put on TV.  Then all the so called officials that are afraid or too stupid to do anything.  Here we have a Charity that helps kids and you have people involved that should not be there in the first place.  Does anyone do background checks?  ifI was running any kind of program for kids or involved anyway I would make sure that EVERYONE was checked for priors and what ever else is needed. It makes me sick to see this going on in the US! We have people in Charge who do NOTHING!  All worried about $$ and just push things under the rug and hope it all goes away while the children and families in the PSU case suffer.  I just don't get it. People better wake the F@$# up and get back to what ran this country...Good Morals!!  I know what I would have done if I saw a College coach in a shower and rolling around with a kid!!??  Grab him by his Friggin throat and beat the hell out of him, then make sure the police knew about it along with everyone else. 

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:47 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

This is getting beyond sad.  This judge needs to step down.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:45 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Who said this crossed Corbetts desk in 2002? No one said anything in 2002, that was the problem. Prove that Corbett knew about this and then post.

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:24 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Wrongo, dude. Corbett didn't become attorney general until January 2005.

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:58 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

Did anyone pay attention to PA Governor To Corbetts speech. He sasid he was ust waiting for this to come out. Just so happens Corbett was the PA Attorney General in 2002 and the invesagation crossed his desk and he had knowledge of all this and he is still in office while we are at it maybe he should be fired or arrested too. He had knowledge and did nothing he is just as guilty as everyone else for not opening his mouth and doing something. Another testimony of our elected officals and just how far our country has sunk into the  cespool it has become.
I didn't vote for that guy...

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:56 pm

Report: Judge had ties to Sandusky's charity

FIRE PATERNO!!! Thats all everyone cared about, this  Sandusky should still be in jail!!!
You are able to sell a lot more papers and get more hits on websites with a name like Paterno as the villain.  Ten years from now when people talk about this Paterno will be the first name everyone mentions and then they will have to think who it was that committed the actual crimes.

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