Flaws, yes, but Sandusky is in prison
To the editor: I was somewhat disappointed with the editorial titled, "Delay in Sandusky case still unexplained."
There are many aspects of Special Deputy Attorney General Geoffrey Moulton's 339-page report that I take exception to, such as its approach, timing and many of its conclusions regarding the conduct of the investigation. However, it must be pointed out that the vast majority of the report's findings actually refute the claims that led to it being conducted in the first place: "No direct evidence of political influence," "powers of the grand jury certainly proved valuable," and the investigation was adequately resourced.
It is true that the report questioned some of the decisions made during this investigation. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that we are all working for the victims and the administration of justice. There were innumerable tactical and technical decisions made throughout this investigation by able, experienced and dedicated prosecutors and investigators. They were tasked with putting together an incredibly complex case against a local icon.
Those who now criticize this investigation, on the other hand, have had the luxury of 16 months to review those investigative decisions, with the written record before them, through the lens of hindsight. When looking at a completed Rubik's Cube, the task seems easy enough; but anyone who has actually tried to line up those squares can attest to the difficulty.
Nonetheless, in any debate regarding the proper conduct of the investigation, the investigators have a distinct and powerful advantage over those who now seek to second guess their decisions: Because of their work, Jerry Sandusky will most likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
Col. Frank Noonan
Pennsylvania State Police