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