Following the conclusion of the Jerry Sandusky trial, news has come out that a report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh could shed some light on the 2001 Penn State investigation into the initial Sandusky allegations. Early leaked emails from the report appear to suggest that former Penn St. Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno may have been involved in discussions that concluded the Sandusky allegations would be better left as an internal PSU matter and not brought to outside authorities.
Genaro C. Armas of the Associated Press reports that Paterno's family is requesting that Freeh release all of the emails and records regarding the investigation. Paterno's family believes that the leaking of specific emails is intentionally casting the late coach in a harsh light and is tantamount to slander.
Paterno family lawyer Wick Sollers released a statement regarding the family's request.
"With the leaking of selective emails over the last few days, it is clear that someone in a position of authority is not interested in a fair or thorough investigation," Sollers said in the strongly worded statement.
The release of the emails, Sollers said, was "not intended to inform the discussion, but to smear former Penn State officials, including Joe Paterno. The truth is Joe Paterno reported the 2001 incident promptly and fully ... In spite of these facts, however, numerous pundits and critics are exploiting these disconnected and distorted records to attack Joe Paterno."
Sollers called for the immediate release of all emails and records related to the case, adding that "the public should not have to try and piece together a story from a few records that have been selected in a calculated way to manipulate public opinion."
Spokespeople for Freeh and for Penn State declined to comment.