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Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Corbett challenges political critics of Sandusky case

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 25, 2012 9:48 PM
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The handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case is still being called into question – most recently, by the Democratic candidate for state attorney General. On Thursday, Gov. Corbett governor challenged detractors to prove their claims.

It’s not the first time Governor Corbett has explained why the investigation and arrest of Sandusky unfolded the way it did.

“This becomes personal after a while,” he said, waving off another question. “Let me finish. This is going to take a while.”

Kathleen Kane, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, has said she would investigate how the Sandusky case was handled, and why it took three years to bring charges against Sandusky.

Republican candidate Dave Freed said he would review the case as a matter of course, but also that the “proof is in the pudding” that the case was well-executed because Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 charges.

In the Legislature, House Democrats have unsuccessfully sought to bring a federal review of the Sandusky case with a formal resolution.

Corbett called out the Kane campaign and Democrats for playing politics, challenged them to bring some proof to back up their attacks, and said a federal review wouldn’t turn up a thing.

“It’s all speculation,” said Corbett. “There’s not one person out there that’s going to say that I told them, ‘Hold that case up. Don’t do that. I’m afraid of Penns–’ Not one. ‘Cause it didn’t happen.”

In a written statement sent by her campaign spokesman, Kane said the questions about the Sandusky case are legitimate, and shared by many Pennsylvanians “about the amount of time it took to get a sexual predator off the streets during his watch.”

Corbett said arresting Sandusky earlier would have compromised the case. “We did eventually find witness after witness, victim after victim, who testified over and over and over again,” said the governor. “And it was that repetition that I am positive convinced that jury that this man did exactly what he did.”

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