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Democrats ask for federal investigation into Sandusky probe

HARRISBURG — State House Democrats on Wednesday asked for a federal review of then-state Attorney General Tom Corbett’s investigation of Jerry Sandusky.

Democratic leaders sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking for a special counsel. Corbett, a Republican from Shaler, is now governor.

A jury in June convicted the ex-Penn State assistant football coach on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse, which vindicates how Corbett handled the case, said spokesman Kevin Harley.

Democrats have asked why the attorney general “took so long” to arrest Sandusky.

It took the attorney general’s office 33 months to arrest Sandusky and charge two Penn State administrators accused of taking part in a cover up. Corbett became governor in January 2011, and the investigation continued under his replacement, Linda Kelly.

“It is clear that this case is crying out for an independent eye to carefully review the investigation of Mr. Sandusky by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General,” said Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont.

Sandusky, 68, of State College, last week was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.


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