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Former Pa. Gov. Dick Thornburgh: Trustee's Rejection of Paterno Report is 'Unfortunate'

by on March 15, 2013 1:51 PM

Former Pennsylvania governor Dick Thornburgh, one of the four experts behind the Paterno report, responded to Penn State Trustee Ken Frazier's comments about it being 'irrelevant.'

During committee meetings Thursday, Frazier said his personal opinion toward the Paterno report is that it is biased and should be ignored by the board because there will be no re-investigation of the Freeh report. 

A spokeswoman for the Paterno family released the following statement from Thornburgh today: 

"When we released our review of the Freeh report we were very careful not to question the motives or challenge the integrity of Mr. Freeh, his investigators or members of the Penn State Board of Trustees. Overheated rhetoric and personal attacks do nothing to advance the objective we all share of finding the truth in the Sandusky scandal.

"That some members of the Board of Trustees want to reject our report out of hand, without the benefit of a review or discussion is unfortunate. We believe the better course would be for the Board to have a public review of both reports. I personally would welcome a chance to discuss these issues with the Board.

"We also believe that all of the files and records related to Mr. Freeh's investigation should be released to the public. This will make it easier for everyone to judge the accuracy and thoroughness of his work. The flaws of the Freeh report cannot be dismissed or overlooked. They are significant and numerous and must be addressed. This case will not be resolved until the record is set straight." has a biographical write-up on Thornburgh, a former Pa. district attorney (1988-1991), former governor (1978-1986) and private attorney. Thornburgh served as Attorney General in the cabinets of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

The Penn State Board of Trustees began its public meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the University and Fitness Conference Center at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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