Summary of Findings:
“There was just a rush to injustice. In the case of Mr. Paterno, that injustice was palpable.”
“The Freeh report’s conclusion that Mr. Paterno lacked empathy for the victims of Mr. Sandusky’s abuse is unfounded and offensive.”
~ Dick Thornburgh, former Attorney General
Dick Thornburgh served as Attorney General of the United States from 1988-1991, leading an unprecedented attack on white-collar crime and establishing strong ties with law enforcement agencies around the world to help combat drug trafficking, money laundering and terrorism. As Attorney General, Mr. Thornburgh “built a reputation as one of the most effective champions that prosecutors have ever had,” according to The Legal Times. During a public service career that spanned more than 25 years, Dick Thornburgh also served as Governor of Pennsylvania (1978-1986) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (1992–1993). After leaving public life, he continued to work on high-profile cases, including serving as examiner in the WorldCom bankruptcy proceedings in 2002.
Thornburgh conducted his review of the Freeh report in a completely independent manner. Mr. Paterno’s family did not control or influence the scope of the review nor his findings. Thornburgh and his team thoroughly analyzed the Freeh report and the evidence cited in support of it. However, because the Freeh report did not identify all the documents it reviewed or witnesses it interviewed, Thornburgh also reviewed various other documents and information to evaluate Freeh’s findings and to discover other potentially relevant information, including grand jury presentments, court filing and trial testimony, and other documents.