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Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 12:32pm

Professor John Burkoff discussed recent developments in the case against former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky in a live interview on KQV AM radio in Pittsburgh on May 9.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:18am

Professor David Harris discussed recent pretrial rulings by the federal court hearing the civil case against three Pittsburgh police officers accused of assaulting and injuring high school honor student Jordan Miles.  The court ruled that the defense could not depose several witnesses because the discovery deadline had passed, and that the defense could not obtain grand jury testimony.  According to Professor Harris, the defense had either ignored the usual rules, or chosen to follow a different path, and now could not go back for a do-over.  The court's action, Harris said, "doesn't necessarily show how the case is going to go in an overall sense, but on these couple of very important issues, it's certainly helpful to the plaintiff."

See the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article here.

See the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article here.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:07am

Professor John Burkoff explained that an error by prosecutors concerning the date of one of the sexual assaults in the case against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky will not destroy the case against Sandusky.  But the mistake could be the end of the cases against two former senior Penn State athletics officials.  According to Professor Burkoff, "the change in date doesn't affect the Sandusky prosecution, but it may be the coup de gras for the Curley-Schultz case."

See the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story here.

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 9:27am

Pat Chew, the Judge J. Quint Salmon and Anne Salmon Chair and Distinguished Faculty Scholar, served as the kick-off plenary speaker at the National Workshop for Magistrate Judges in Miami on April 18.  The Workshop was sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center.  Professor Chew's presentation was on the "Realism of Race and Gender in Judicial Decision Making,"  and it was based on empirical work on this topic by Professor Chew and others.  

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 9:18am

Professor Deborah Brake coauthored a resource guide and model policy (with Mariah Burton Nelson) for the NCAA on intimate relationships between student-athletes and coaches and other athletic department staff.  This NCAA publication, “Staying in Bounds: A Model Policy to Prevent Inappropriate Relationships with Student-Athletes,” was sent out to all NCAA member colleges and universities this week.  Professor Brake led a workshop on the model policy at the NCAA’s annual Equity and Inclusion Forum on Monday, April 30, in New Orleans.  She also led a workshop on retaliation law at the NCAA Forum in New Orleans on Sunday, April 29, 2012. 

Read about the release of the publication and the model policy in Inside Higher Ed and the Title IX Blog.

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 9:12am

Professor John Burkoff told the Associated Press that recently-filed defense motions point to an additional number of victims in the child abuse case against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.  According to Professor Burkoff, information about more accusers, beyond the eight already known, may help the defense undermine the prosecution's case.


Read the story here

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 11:37am

Professor Larry Frolik’s treatise, Advising the Elderly and Disabled Client (with co-author Melissa Brown), was cited twice by the United States District Court of North Dakota in Geston v. Olson, 2012 WL 1409344 (D.N.D. April 24, 2012).  The case considered the Medicaid eligibility of a husband in a nursing home whose spouse had purchased an annuity.  The Court cited Frolikand Brown for the proposition that the purchase of an annuity by the wife did not make the husband ineligible for Medicaid reimbursement of the cost of his nursing home care.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 9:36am

Professor Anthony Infanti discussed the strategies employed by Apple to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes.  In an article in the E-Commerce Times, Professor Infanti said that many corporations now use such strategies.  "Apple is certainly not alone in engaging in this type of activity," he said.  The article also quoted professors from the University of Michigan and New York University.


Read the E-Commerce Times article here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 8:55pm

In a story in the New York Times about a forthcoming book on Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, Professor David Garrow, who is the author of a biography of Martin Luther King,  discussed how the writer of a biography should portray the subject.  The correct approach, Professor Garrow says, in not to clean up the subject, but to portray the person as they actually lived, warts and all.  “The lives of saints is not history, it’s myth. I think it is a far more powerfully inspiring story for readers to appreciate the inescapability of human imperfection than to spin myths.”

See the New York Times story here.  

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 8:38pm

Professor John Burkoff told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader that a judge who denied two motions to recuse herself, because her lawyer husband had previously sued the two police officers involved, probably did not make a mistake. "Judges have discretion to decide whether to recuse themselves.  The only way an appellate court reviews a judge's decision is if he or she abused his or her discretion."  

See the Times Leader story here.

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