The Penn State child sex abuse scandal is already one of the biggest stories in the news these days. And now another layer of intrigue has been added thanks to a potential case of conflict of interest.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported yesterday that the state attorney general's office, which has charged former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky with 40 counts of sex abuse involving eight children, had sought bond of $500,000 and electronic monitoring. This request was not granted by Judge Leslie Dutchot, who set bond at $100,000 unsecured, which Sandusky later met. Why is this of note? It turns out that Judge Dutchot volunteers for Sandusky's charity, The Second Mile.
According to the Post-Gazette article, this information was listed on the website of the State College law firm Goodell & Yurchak. Judge Dutchot would make no comment on the apparent conflict of interest.