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Sandusky Scandal Tops $25 Million in Legal and PR Costs Through October

by on January 08, 2013 6:00 AM

In what continues to be a steady increase month to month, Penn State has now doled out $25,926,451 in legal and public relations costs through Oct. 31 in dealing with the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. 

As costs accumulate – including internal investigations, public relations, university legal services and defense, investigations, legal defense and other institutional expenses – Penn State officials post the totals on the university's 'progress' website. 

The costs are expected to be reimbursed by Penn State's insurer, and the fees are a separate entity from the $60 million fine imposed on the university by the NCAA as part of its sanctions. Penn State piad the first installment of five $12 million payments on Dec. 20, which is currently in escrow. 

Totals can also be found on Penn State's 'Progress' website and are as follows: 

Board of Trustees - Internal Investigation and Crisis Communications$12,713,964

  • Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Ketchum
  • Kekst and Company Inc.
  • Daniel J. Edelman, Inc.
  • Domus Inc
  • The Academy Group

University Legal Services/Defense$7,005,036

  • Saul Ewing
  • Duane Morris
  • Lanny J. Davis and Associates
  • Jenner & Block LLPML Strategies
  • Lee, Green & Reiter Inc.
  • McQuaide Blasko
  • Document Technologies, Inc.

Externally Initiated Investigations$956,449

  • Margolis & Healy
  • Lightfoot, Franklin, White LCC
  • Buchanan Ingersoll

Indemnified Persons' Legal Defense: (Schultz, Curley, Spanier): $3,678,600

  • Farrell & Reisinger
  • Caroline M. Roberto
  • Vaira & Riley
  • Schnader Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP
  • Klink & Co.
  • Corporate Security and Investigation
  • Bix-X-Bit, LLC
  • Gover, Perry, & Shore
  • Gentile Meinert Assoc
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • General Employees' Defense

Other Institutional Expenses$1,572,402

Total as of Oct. 31: $25,926,451

Sandusky, 68, was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison for his sex crimes. He was convicted on June 22 on 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period and is jailed in SCI Greene, a maximum security prison, where he is expected to spend the duration of his life sentence.

Sandusky is scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday for an evidentiary hearing, which will mark the start of his appeal. 

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