Tom Corbett, Governor of the state of Pennsylvania told a YouWager news source recently that he is planning to file a lawsuit against the NCAA in a federal court over the punishment it inflicted against Penn State University after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.
Corbett, a Republican, scheduled a press conference today at the college to announce that he is filing the lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in Harrisburg.
An inside source told YouWager that the lawsuit will technically be an antitrust action. There has been much speculation in the online betting community about the loss of revenue the sanctions will ultimately represent for the school and the state. The University originally agreed to the NCAA sanctions. They include a fine for $60 million that is intended to fund child abuse prevention. The punishment also includes a four-year ban for the state’s powerful football program, reductions in scholarships, and the forfeiture of 112 victories.
Other politicians in the state of Pennsylvania have protested the use of the Penn State fines in other U.S. states. So far, Penn State has made its first $12 million payment. An NCAA committee will decide how the money will be spent. The association has promised that at least a fourth of the money will be spent in Pennsylvania. Congressman Charlie Dent (R) said that was an “unacceptable and unsatisfactory” response. State Senator Jake Corman (R) told YouWager’s source that he will pursue legal action to prevent the first $12 million from being spent outside the state. Corman’s district includes the Penn State campus.
The governor’s office did not tell YouWager’s source how the state’s newly elected Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, will be involved in the legal action. Kane campaigned on a promise to find out why it took state prosecutors almost three years to charge Sandusky, the assistant coach who worked for former head coach Joe Paterno. Governor Corbett was the Attorney General at the time the state was in charge of the case.
As any of YouWager’s serious college football bettors surely know, former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts in his child sex abuse trial. Sandusky did not testify at his trial but has maintained his innocence, acknowledging he showered with boys but insisting he never molested any of them.
Joe Amendola, Sandusky’s lawyer, appealed the conviction, claiming they did not have enough time to prepare their case. Sandusky is now serving a 30 to 60 year prison term. Some YouWager bettors were shocked not long ago to learn that some years back, Amendolaimpregnated a 16-year-old girl and later married her. The attorney was nearly 50 years old at the time. The legal age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16. Sandusky is not the only person involved with the Penn State football program to hire Amendola after being accused of a sexual crime. The attorney also represented tailback Austin Scott after a student accused him of rape in 2007.