In his Jan. 13 Issue One letter to the editor "Drop the Lawsuit," Stephen Langan repeats the discredited claim that as attorney general Tom Corbett delayed the arrest of Jerry Sandusky. Faced with a single, troubled witness who balked at sharing details, Mr. Corbett's office took the case to a grand jury that had the power to compel testimony from all of the victims as well as witnesses who were equally hesitant to testify against a popular sports hero.
The result of this thoroughness is that Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 criminal counts.
Since 1998, four other official agencies failed to act on complaints about Sandusky. Mr. Corbett took the referral, assigned multiple agents and attorneys, and built a case with a moral certainty of success. When Linda Kelly took office as attorney general, replacing Mr. Corbett when he became governor, she had a complete framework on which to add the final details. Such careful work took a predator off the streets and won justice for numerous victims.
To have acted on a single victim's complaint against a hometown hero was to risk a courtroom loss that could have emboldened Sandusky while turning public opinion in his favor. Can Mr. Langan imagine the implications of an acquitted pedophile walking the streets with public sympathy on his side?
Political opponents have bent the facts in the Sandusky case almost beyond recognition. What they cannot obscure is this fact: Mr. Corbett was the first prosecutor to go after Sandusky and he got him.
Special Assistant to Gov. Corbett
Office of the Governor