Editorial: Don't reduce the Penn State fine

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett gestures while speaking at Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett gestures while speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 in State College, Pa. The NCAA overstepped its authority by imposing hefty sanctions on Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, Corbett said in announcing a federal lawsuit against the college athletics governing body. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson) Photo Credit: AP Photo Ralph Wilson

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$60 million -- That's the fine the NCAA imposed on Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal that Gov. Tom Corbett now wants a federal court to throw out. What an odious request. Corbett said in a suit filed Wednesday that the fine and other penalties harm those who had nothing to do with the football coach's crimes. But top school officials turned a blind eye to the heinous abuse for years. The penalties also send an important message to officials everywhere that a similar cover-up will cost them big-time. Pay up.

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