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November 10th, 2011
11:22 PM ET

Video: Assistant PSU coach in middle of scandal

With Joe Paterno and Penn State president ousted, questions are now focused on Mike McQueary. Mary Snow has more.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Jerry Sandusky
November 10th, 2011
09:49 PM ET

Video: The RidicuList: Model diet

Model Adriana Lima's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show diet lands her on 360's RidicuList.

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Filed under: The RidicuList
November 10th, 2011
09:48 PM ET

Video: Sandusky lawyer denies charges

CNN's Jason Carroll reports Jerry Sandusky's lawyer denies all child sex charges against the former Penn State Coach.

November 10th, 2011
09:42 PM ET

Video: Boyle: Penn. abuse law not strong enough

In the wake of the Penn State abuse scandal, State Rep. Kevin Boyle is working to change his state's current legislation.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
November 10th, 2011
07:04 PM ET

Letters to the President #1025: 'Rushing offense'

Reporter's Note: Legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno has been dismissed in the wake of a sexual abuse case involving children and one of his former assistant coaches. I’m still on the job, however, writing my daily letters to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

I suppose I am going to appear out of step with a lot of Americans in saying this, but I have grown a little weary with the way that we rush to judgment all the time. It seems as if we’ve transformed ourselves into a nation where every perceived offense is immediately tried in the court of public opinion, and we don’t have the patience to even listen to all the facts on hand, let alone wait for a more complete investigation.

Whether we’re talking about Hermann Cain, or Anthony Weiner, or as we’ve seen relentlessly in the news all day, Penn State coach Joe Paterno. (I suppose I should say, “former” coach now. He’s just been there so long it is kind of hard to think of anyone else in that job.) We seem all too ready to proclaim people guilty until they can prove themselves innocent.

Please be clear on this: I’m not expressing any opinion about what the above mentioned folks did or did not do, nor am I arguing for leniency. Those who have done wrong must pay the price, no matter the suffering, and no matter their pedigree. What I’m saying is that if our culture values justice, our first response to any accusation…no matter how salacious or awful…should be: Is it true? That, in turn, should prompt a public outcry for a swift, comprehensive investigation, and airing of the facts. Only then should we demand that punishment be meted out.

Sometimes I think that we’ve all grown so frustrated by lawyers who circumvent justice; rich and powerful folks who seem to be above the law; and general miscreants who appear to game the system to their benefit, that when we see something that looks like a clear case of guilt, we overreact. We call for immediate lashes. We want the offender driven from town before we’ve even bothered to read the indictment, let alone impanel a jury.

Again, I don’t care what happens to those who do wrong. I just want to make sure I understand what they did, and that they…well…in fact, did it. When we all beat the drum too loudly and quickly for the condemnation of someone, I worry about us – our sense of what is just and what is not, and our ability to act like a well-informed, thoughtful, mature population instead of a mob.

I’m sure you’ve heard that old legal saw “justice delayed is justice denied.” I think there should be a corollary: “Find justice in due time, because justice rushed, may not be justice at all.”

Hope all is well. Nice run in the woods this morning. Scared up several deer including a magnificent buck. You would have enjoyed seeing them.

Regards,
Tom

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Filed under: Letters to the President • Opinion • President Barack Obama • T1 • Tom Foreman
November 10th, 2011
05:29 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Penn State child sex abuse scandal

(CNN) - Penn State's new interim football head coach replaced Joe Paterno with a heavy and conflicted heart overnight, carrying a blunt message of solidarity for the alleged victims of sex abuse, firm confidence in his embattled players, and a paean for the departed sporting icon.

Tom Bradley, the longtime defensive coordinator for the team, faced roomful of relentless reporters Thursday working to glean more details about a case rocking the sports world - allegations of child sex abuse against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and apparent failure of authorities to report the crimes to police.

Bradley didn't discuss the investigation, but he said he and his players were thinking about and grieving for the victims of the abuse and their families.

"We all have a responsibility to take care of our children," said Bradley, a Johnstown, Pennsylvania, native who played for the Nittany Lions in the 1970s and served on the team's coaching staff for 33 seasons.

The university's board of trustees on Wednesday night fired Paterno, the winningest coach in major college football, and Penn State President Graham Spanier, effective immediately, a bombshell announcement that punctuated the gravity of the scandal.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
November 10th, 2011
05:13 PM ET

AC360 Poll: Mike McQueary

Mike McQueary is the former graduate assistant who says he witnessed Jerry Sandusky assaulting a boy nearly a decade ago and told Joe Paterno what he saw. Today, McQueary is a Penn State assistant coach.  Some say reporting the 2002 incident to Paterno was not enough, and McQueary should have done more to stop the abuse. Do you think McQueary should be allowed to coach on Saturday when Penn State plays Nebraska?


Filed under: Crime & Punishment
November 10th, 2011
03:30 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: "The 'Oops' heard 'round the world"

Editor's note: Tonight on AC360°, the political panel tackles how the most recent GOP presidential debate will impact the race. Watch at 8 p.m. ET.

Rochester, Michigan (CNN) - Wednesday's Republican presidential debate in Michigan was almost entirely focused on economic issues, but the forum offered some seriously revealing moments about each of the candidates.

The night's biggest loser was, without a doubt, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who struggled uncomfortably for nearly a full minute to recall which three federal agencies he would eliminate as president.

"Commerce, Education, and the - what's the third one there? Let's see," Perry said, looking puzzled and searching his notes.

Finally, mercifully, Perry admitted he could not remember and simply gave up.

His only excuse: "Oops."

Read five things we learned about the debate...

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Filed under: Raw Politics
November 10th, 2011
03:00 AM ET

Video: Super committee break up?

Anderson Cooper spoke with Sen. Rand Paul about his claim that Democrats on the super committee refused to negotiate.

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Filed under: Raw Politics
November 10th, 2011
02:04 AM ET

Video: Man says he was touched by Sandusky

A Penn State alum says former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky touched him inappropriately when he was a pre-teen.

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