Paternos challenge report on scandal

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Joe Paterno's family released its response to Penn State's report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal yesterday, attacking Louis Freeh's conclusion that the coach hid sex abuse allegations against his longtime assistant.

In a report commissioned by the family, former U.S. attorney general and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh said the investigation by former FBI director Freeh resulted in a "rush to injustice." That report, authorized by the university, found that Paterno and three former administrators covered up allegations against Sandusky, a former assistant coach, of child sexual abuse.

Those findings last July were unsupported by the facts, said the family critique.

"The lack of factual report for the . . . inaccurate and unfounded findings related to Mr. Paterno, and its numerous process-oriented deficiencies, was a rush to injustice and calls into question the credibility of the entire Report," Thornburgh was quoted as saying in the family's analysis, posted on the website paterno.com.

Months in the making, the report was billed as an independent analysis of Freeh's work.

Freeh in a statement issued Sunday through a spokesman said: "I stand by our conclusion that four of the most powerful people at Penn State failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade."

The family's report concluded that Freeh's observations related to Paterno were unfounded, and were a disservice to Paterno, the university community, Sandusky's victims "and the critical mission of educating the public on the dangers of child sexual victimization." -- AP

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