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Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Penn State scandal: Sandusky lawyer anticipates more charges; Paterno’s power was questioned

The lawyer for Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State coach who faces 40 charges of child sex abuse, said he anticipates that more charges may be forthcoming.

In an ABC News interview, Joe Amendola said fears that Sandusky’s bail could be revoked or raised to a level that he could not meet and he could be placed in jail. (Watch interview here.)

“My concern is if they bring new charges based upon new people coming forth, that bail's going to be set, and he's going to wind up in jail,” Amendola said, maintaining Sandusky’s innocence.

Sandusky, whose Dec. 7 preliminary hearing was moved today to Dec. 13, is free on $100,000 unsecured bond. The judge who set that bail has been reassigned because of her ties to The Second Mile, the charity Sandusky founded for at-risk youth.

In other Penn State news, Coach Joe Paterno and the woman who formerly was in charge of student discipline were often at odds over the coach’s role in disciplining football players, according to a Wall Street Journal report.


Paterno larger than life at Penn State. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)
A series of emails from Vicky Triponey, the school’s former standards and conduct officer, to university officials alleges that football players were treated differently from other students. In a 2005 email to former president Graham Spanier, Triponey wrote of her concerns and specifically the disciplinary discretion given Paterno, who had been head football coach for 46 years until his Nov. 9 firing over the Sandusky scandal.

Paterno, Triponey wrote, should have “no interest, (or business) holding our football players accountable to our community standards. The Coach is insistent he knows best how to discipline his players…and their status as a student when they commit violations of our standards should NOT be our concern…and I think he was saying we should treat football players different from other students in this regard.”

In August 2005, Paterno had criticized Triponey for “meddling,” the Journal reported, after Triponey suspended offensive limenan E.Z. Smith and a teammate for the summer for shooting arrows through the wall of an off-campus apartment. Athletic Director Tim Curley wrote in response that “it should be his [Paterno’s] call if someone should practice and play in athletics.”

Triponey wrote Spanier in a Sept. 1, 2005, email about Paterno: “I do not support the way this man is running our football program. We certainly would not tolerate this behavior in our students so I struggle with how we tolerate it in our coach.”

Triponey resigned in 2007, citing “philosophical differences” at the time. Wick Sollers, Paterno's lawyer, told the Journal through a spokesman that “the allegations that have been described are out of context, misleading and filled with inaccuracies. ... Penn State's record of producing successful student athletes under coach Paterno's guidance is unquestioned.” Spanier didn't respond to the Journal's requests for comment, and a Penn State spokesman also declined to comment to the newspaper. A representative for Curley told the Journal that “he tried to make sure all student athletes were treated equally with regard to the code of conduct.”

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