Paterno Contacts Prominent Defense Lawyer, Coach McQueary Won't Be At Saturday's Game

A source close to the Penn State child sex abuse case told NBC News Thursday that representatives for Joe Paterno have reached out to a prominent Washington criminal defense lawyer, J. Sedgwick Sollers, who once represented President George H. W. Bush in the Iran-Contra Affair.

Also, assistant coach Mike McQueary, who reported one of the alleged sexual incidents to Paterno, will not be at the stadium for Saturday's football game as originally planned due to multiple threats made against him.


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  • by 250 Location: Jax on Nov 12, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    Great way for Paterno's representaitives to teach JOE "accountability". He done, gone. He was in charge! Likened to the joint cheifs having to be in the know of of every casualty or rape through use of CO's. Paterno blew it. No defense attorney can turn that around. Escort him to the Pennsylvania border of his choice. One to many men on the field.
  • by supervisor Location: enc on Nov 11, 2011 at 09:36 PM
    As Paterno's assistant coach-wasn't Paterno responsible for the actions of those he was suppose to supervise? He should have been fired for failure in that alone!
  • by disgusted Location: Washington on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:38 AM
    @"Greenville Mom"...Well said!!! I am right there with ya!
  • by anon Location: wallace on Nov 11, 2011 at 09:36 AM
    neither will the molested victims be at the game. they should all go to jail for not taking this to the police or follow up and make sure that it did go to the police.
  • by Greenville Mom Location: Greenville on Nov 11, 2011 at 06:24 AM
    McQuery waited till the next day to say anything to Paterno, who then went right to his boss, Curley the AD and the Asst. Vice Pres. After, McQuery had a seperate meeting with Curley the AD and the Vice Pres. From there they went to the Pres. of the Univ. Now, in all three of their statements to the grand jury McQuery did not tell them the same specific details that is now coming out. Now the guy raped the kid. Ask yourself what you would do if you walked in on a person "raping" a youth? I for one wouldn't walk away and wait till the next day to say anything. This guy was a football player the year before, he wasn't lacking size by any means. WHY DIDN'T HE STOP THE ASST. COACH RIGHT THEN AND THERE? WHY DIDN'T HE CALL THE POLICE? Now, answer me this, if your co-workers did something wrong who would you tell? YOUR BOSS. Based on the information that was given to Paterno by McQuery, he went straight to his boss. Now, they fire the coach after 46 years, yet the AD is still there and is only on paid Amin. leave. The coach had one more game. He said he would retire. That very same day they FIRED HIM. I will tell you why, they can fire him and not have to pay any well earned retirement or benifits or a settlement package, because they can say his actions were outside of the rules of the school. THE SCHOOL GETS OUT CHEEP & THEY LOOK GOOD NOW. Ya, something is wrong with this picture.
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      by Sam on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:20 AM in reply to Greenville Mom
      Joe Paterno will still be able to get retirement benefits and is still set for life financially.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 12:07 PM in reply to Sam
        oh of course , that is the most important, to heck with the kids, retirement benefits are set. Who Cares!!!!!!
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      by To Greenville Mom on Nov 11, 2011 at 03:36 PM in reply to Greenville Mom
      McQueary is gone AND McQueary testified to the grand jury that he saw rape. He also told this to his dad. Who do you think had a reason to lie to the grand jury? McQueary-who went to the AD, Paterno, and VP-or those he told? Why would he NOT tell them what he saw? Two have been arrested for perjury! I agree he should have stopped the coach then and there, but to give ANY slack to ANY of these men is sick! If that had been YOUR son, would you think it was important for Paterno to have one more game? Or what if it were YOUR son who was molested two years later because these men did NOTHING?
  • by here Location: there on Nov 11, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    McQueary isn't the replacement coach. He is the one that reportedly witnessed a child being raped and didn't try to stop it or contact the police.
  • by Really Location: Greenville on Nov 11, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    Paterno is not the one that witnessed the alleged incident, McQueary did! What did McQueary do to stop the alleged assaults? Nothing!! So please tell me why you think it's okay for him to be the replacement coach? He actually saw it and did absolutely nothing, but report it to Paterno. Paterno, who did not witness the incident, when to those above him with the allegation that McQueary made. If Paterno is done, McQueary should definitely be done as well. The whole situation is disturbing.
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      by To REally on Nov 11, 2011 at 03:37 PM in reply to Really
      Get real! Paterno was the "head" of Penn. state!
  • by Loony Bin Location: ENC on Nov 11, 2011 at 03:52 AM
    What a bunch of crazies. Threatening the life of the replacement coach? Paterno is done, so people need to get over it. The PSU student protestors should be ashamed.
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      by SAM on Nov 13, 2011 at 09:00 AM in reply to Loony Bin
      Truthfully, I feel that if Paterno followed school policies and reported the allegations then the firing of Paterno is not justified and the media is the reason for Penn States decision. This being the case a civil suit is warranted by Paterno against Penn State. Regardless the kids are the most important in this scandal though looking at all the media coverage you would not think this is the case. Sad thing is untill someone finds a way to change human nature this will continue to be the case.
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