FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Eugene DePasquale
DePasquale calls for independent Penn State investigation
HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – Declaring an investigation by the Penn State Board of Trustees as inadequate, state Rep. Eugene DePasquale, D-York, is today calling on Gov. Tom Corbett to appoint a special investigator to find out the truth about the scandal that continues to evolve around Penn State University.
"Pennsylvania citizens deserve their own independent investigation by someone who is not affiliated in anyway with Penn State," said DePasquale. "Pennsylvania citizens deserve an investigator who answers only to them and whom they can trust to be independent and forthright."
In the letter to Corbett, DePasquale wrote:
As you said in your press conference, when it comes to protecting children there should be no margin of error. When it comes to restoring the people of Pennsylvania’s faith in the great institution of Penn State there should be no margin of error as well. The only way to ensure that is through an independent investigation.
DePasquale said there also are questions that fall outside the scope of a criminal investigation that must be answered.
"The one thing everyone wants to know is – 'Why did this take so long to uncover?'" DePasquale said. "We may not get those answers, but it is all the more reason why a full, outside investigation is exactly what is needed here."
Yesterday, DePasquale announced plans to introduce legislation that would move Penn State and Pennsylvania's other state-related schools under the purview of the state's Right-to-Know law.
"We must hold entities affiliated with the Commonwealth accountable for their actions and ensure that the activities of those associated with these organizations are legal, ethical and moral – in this case, we need everyone to be accountable for their role in this horrific tragedy," DePasquale said.