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Paterno family fights back against Penn State report, saying it's 'fundamentally flawed'

A new report commissioned by the Paterno family calls an investigation into the Penn State sex scandal "factually wrong, speculative, and fundamentally flawed".

Paterno's family hired three experts to rebutt the Penn State report, which concluded in July that Joe Paterno and three other university officials failed to protect innocent children from being sexually abused by former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.

Outfront tonight: Jay Paterno, Joe Paterno's son, and former Attorney General and former Pennsylvania governor Dick Thornburgh, one of the three experts hired by the Paterno family.Paterno family: Freeh report 'factually wrong'

The family of the late Joe Paterno released a report Sunday morning that absolved the coaching great of blame in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and said a prior review commissioned by Penn State University was "factually wrong, speculative and fundamentally flawed. "

Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh put together the new report, the Paterno family said in a written statement.

"The experts determined that the conclusions of the (university) report are based on raw speculation and unsupported opinion - not facts and evidence," Thornburgh said, according to the statement.

Louis Freeh, who authored the university report released in July, said the family review was "self-serving."

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  1. John

    Joe Paterno was fundamentally flawed and nothing his family says will change that or change what anyone believes. It will just keep dredging the issue up over and over. They need to shut up and move on with their lives.

    February 13, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Reply

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