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November 11, 2011 - Harry Eagar
The New York Times has a glowing story about the governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, who as attorney general had been conducting an investigation of the Penn State child rapes since 2009.
According to the Times, when he left the AG job, where the material had been submitted to a grand jury, he was precluded from saying anything because of grand jury secrecy provisions. This put him in a "tricky" position.
I don't see it as tricky. It's a usual position for a lawyer.
It'll only be tricky if there comes political fallout later, but so far there's no sign of that, as regards Corbett, anyway.
"Mr. Noonan, who at the time was Mr. Corbett’s chief investigation, said the thinking soon evolved into disbelief at the university’s lack of action. 'We talked about how this would be a real shock to people, and how shocking it was to us,' he said."
That suggests a degree of innocence about the real world that I don't think anybody growing up in Pa. should have, but I take the point. Corbett -- unlike, say Joe Paterno or your Catholic bishops -- found child rape objectionable. Good for him.
Corbett, by the way, is a conservative, budget-blasting Republican, the kind the newspapers never say anything good about, or so you've been told.
Way at the bottom of the Times story is this little nugget:
"On Friday, the governor finally got the word. The grand jury indictment had been filed under seal, but because of a computer glitch it had mistakenly been made public. Soon Mr. Corbett’s office was inundated with calls. Mr. Harley reached the governor in his car."
Computer glitch, eh? Well, those can be arranged. But perhaps it really happened that way.
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