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PSU starts talks with victims of Sandusky

February 19. 2013 2:09PM
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STATE COLLEGE — The attorneys helping Penn State with talks about potential settlements with the roughly two dozen men who accuse ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexual abuse said Friday they have started good-faith negotiations with all the accusers.

Attorneys Kenneth Feinberg and Michael Rozen also said Friday the school has not set aside a certain amount of money for potential settlements, and left open the possibility the process could stretch beyond the end of the year. The school had initially said last month it hoped to resolve claims by year's end.

Feinberg said cases would be evaluated individually.

The attorneys made their remarks at a trustees meeting specifically called to discuss potential settlements. Trustees voted to give a board subcommittee the authority to approve possible settlements on behalf of the university.

Meanwhile, retired Penn State vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley have asked a judge to delay their Jan. 7 perjury trial stemming from the child abuse by Sandusky.

Attorneys for the administrators said in separate motions filed earlier this week that they're still reviewing thousands of documents containing millions of pages that may be relevant to the case — and that they expect even more documents to come in subject to subpoenas and the discovery process.

Schultz's attorney, Thomas Farrell, said a Penn State subpoena has produced nine batches of computerized documents, the last being 60 gigabytes, which his motion said is the equivalent of 1.2 million pages.

Curley, who is on administrative leave and has been told his contract won't be renewed after it expires in June, and Schultz are accused of lying to the grand jury that investigated Sandusky and not reporting suspected child abuse to authorities.

Sandusky, 68, is appealing his 30- to 60-year state prison sentence and conviction on 45 of 48 charges relating to the abuse of 10 boys, some on Penn State's main campus. The resulting scandal about how university officials handled allegations against Sandusky resulted in the firing of Coach Joe Paterno, who has since died, and unprecedented NCAA penalties, including a four-year bowl ban and the loss of football scholarships.

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