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Former prosecutor says he doesn't think Paterno aided in cover-up

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press


A former state prosecutor who helped convict Jerry Sandusky on dozens of child sex abuse charges says he doesn't believe late Penn State Coach Joe Paterno was involved in an alleged cover-up by Penn State administrators.

Former Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina told Showtime's "60 Minutes Sports" that he found no evidence Paterno concealed abuse allegations and said Paterno would not be charged with a crime if he was alive today.

Fina and co-prosecutor Joe McGettigan will talk about the Sandusky scandal in an interview that airs tonight at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

Also on Wednesday, a state court said Pennsylvania officials can pursue their bid to keep Penn State's $60 million fine over the Sandusky scandal in-state.

The Commonwealth Court ruling Wednesday is a setback for the NCAA, which wants the lawsuit filed by state officials thrown out.

The NCAA's 2012 consent decree with Penn State steers the $60 million fine into an endowment for child sexual assault programs. The NCAA says a later Pennsylvania law that orders the money be used in-state violates the initial agreement. However, the court ruling Wednesday says the NCAA settlement only describes how the money should be spent -- not where.

Judge Anne Covey's ruling allows a lawsuit filed by state Sen. Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord to go forward.

 
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