It was reported late Thursday night that Joe Paterno had either retained the services of a high-powered Washington D.C. attorney or was in the process of doing so.
In a statement released by the former Penn State head coach’s son a day later, Scott Paterno has confirmed that he has hired criminal defense attorney J. Sedgwick Sollers on his father’s behalf. Sollers is probably best known for having represented former president George H.W. Bush in the Iran-Contra affair.
Paterno has not been charged with any type of crime related to the indictment of his former assistant on multiple charges of the sexual abuse of children, but the family is concerned about the ongoing investigation by the state — there’s also the possibility of a probe at the federal level — as well as the likelihood of civil lawsuits.
By way of WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, PA, here is Scott Paterno’s statement:
“Like everyone who has watched this story unfold, my father is experiencing a range of powerful emotions,” Scott Paterno said in the statement. “He is absolutely distraught over what happened to the children and their families. He also wants very much to speak publicly and answer questions.”
“At this stage, however, he has no choice but to be patient and defer to the legal process,” he said. “He cooperated fully with the grand jury and he will continue to cooperate with the investigation as we move forward.”
“On behalf of my father, I have retained Wick Sollers at the law firm of King and Spalding. My father’s desire is for the truth to be uncovered and he will work with his lawyers to that end,” he said.
“Going forward, Mr. Sollers has directed my father, our family and everyone associated with us to make no further public statements and to respond to no media inquiries. We will honor this request. Accordingly, all requests for comments or other information should be directed to Mr. Sollers.”