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Arbitrator rules Jerry Sandusky should receive $4,900/month pension

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A Pennsylvania arbitrator ruled that Jerry Sandusky should receive his $4,900-a-month pension payments as well as back pension payments dating back to October 2012, when he was convicted on 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys.

The state of Pennsylvania ended Sandusky’s pension payments upon his conviction. But from the Associated Press:

Hearing examiner Michael Bangs wrote in an opinion dated Thursday but made public Monday that it was clear the former assistant football coach was no longer a Penn State employee after his 1999 retirement. That was critical to the pension dispute because the state Pension Forfeiture Act was expanded five years later, in 2004, to add sexual offenses to the list of crimes that trigger forfeiture.

“The Pennsylvania forfeiture law is simply not applicable to SERS’ members who commit crimes after they have begun receiving their pensions, which is really what SERS is attempting to do in this case,” Bangs wrote. “The courts simply cannot extend the current law beyond any rational interpretation of its current form.”

Following responses from Sandusky’s camp and the State Employees’ Retirement System, the state’s retirement system board will decide whether to follow the arbitrator’s recommendation and reinstate Sandusky’s pension. The AP report states that decision could come this fall, though if it rules against Sandusky he could register an appeal in state court.

If the board rules in favor of Sandusky in November, for example, he’d be owed 25 months of back payments — which comes out to $122,500.

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21 Responses to “Arbitrator rules Jerry Sandusky should receive $4,900/month pension”
  1. cubano76 says: Jun 24, 2014 10:28 AM

    GOT to be kidding me!

  2. wadaea says: Jun 24, 2014 10:40 AM

    Does anybody in that state have any common sense.

  3. floridacock says: Jun 24, 2014 10:46 AM

    USA justice system is not as good as everyone thinks. A world ruled by lawyers is a dictatorship

  4. thraiderskin says: Jun 24, 2014 11:03 AM

    That sucks… that is one shallow, short sighted comment about our justice system.

  5. brymck1 says: Jun 24, 2014 11:16 AM

    That’ll buy a lot of smokes and candy at the commissary.

  6. sportstalkprofessional says: Jun 24, 2014 11:17 AM

    I’m sure all the victims lawyers will be glad to hear of this!

  7. mogogo1 says: Jun 24, 2014 11:27 AM

    The ultimate winner in this will be the victims as they’re going to end up getting all of that money in civil suits.

  8. corvusrex96 says: Jun 24, 2014 11:53 AM

    Maybe now Jerry’s wife can buy hearing aids ?

  9. mauldawg says: Jun 24, 2014 12:17 PM

    What a load of crap. See what lawyers are doing to this country. Wonder if JS is sleep with his lawyer. Hope this gets corrected and fast. I guess lawyers and JS have a lot in common. Both get paid for screwing people.

  10. cometkazie says: Jun 24, 2014 12:18 PM

    This case has more turns than a can of worms.

  11. thefiesty1 says: Jun 24, 2014 1:08 PM

    What? He forfeited any pension that he “earned”. This is just f’ing ridiculous.

  12. musketmaniac says: Jun 24, 2014 1:53 PM

    when are you people going to learn. The U.S. government protects all citizens money. It has little interest in protecting it’s citizens.

  13. peddealer says: Jun 24, 2014 2:26 PM

    Maybe he will use his zoom zooms and wam wans (prison lingo for commissary) to bait young 17-20 year old kids for sex!

    Way to go Sandusky, now you can lure even more kids and mess em up even more.

  14. musketmaniac says: Jun 24, 2014 2:52 PM

    He’s not in prison with 17 year olds, most young prisoners are still in youth facilities up until there 25th birthday. But that doesn’t mean he can’t bribe a guard for a young boy. With money you can get anything in jail.

  15. derekgorgonstar says: Jun 24, 2014 5:55 PM

    Ped State

  16. navyeoddavee9 says: Jun 24, 2014 6:18 PM

    The legal system is what it is, if that is the right decision by law, you can moan about it, but law is law, it’s probably all going to his victims anyway, not a bad thing. Plus a little off the subject, OJ and LT are convicted criminals , still receive their NFL pension

  17. thegonz13 says: Jun 24, 2014 9:33 PM

    This is what’s wrong with the justice system… there is no justice. Now, this turd will rot in jail -hopefully for the rest of his natural life- but he will receive just a shade under $60,000 for his trouble.

    He went from Penn State to the state pen, all the while getting more than I make in a year.

  18. bornahawker says: Jun 25, 2014 1:00 AM

    He earned the money. Pay the man, all the whining and crying over tax dollars being awarded to a state employee, what’s new, how can u justify taking what someone has earned? In a victim/hero paradigm all you nanny state loving democrat types just love to take it and give it away. Try earning something once. It sure took a long time for this to end, I would think that maybe those who knew firsthand what ok Jerry was up to would be culpable for allowing this to continue by not speaking up. Killed joe Pa.

  19. musketmaniac says: Jun 25, 2014 4:22 PM

    I’m not convinced he’ll die in prison. Look how hard it was to kill Leslie Nielsen in the Naked Guns.

  20. dhardy8207 says: Jun 26, 2014 10:16 AM

    “the state’s retirement system board will decide whether to follow the arbitrator’s recommendation and reinstate Sandusky’s pension. The AP report states that decision could come this fall, though if it rules against Sandusky he could register an appeal in state court.”

    This was just a motion by the arbitrator, he hasn’t been awarded a reinstatement just yet. Setting that fact aside, I knew it wouldn’t take long for politics or the political process to be brought into this one. However, this is a state issue and currently with some citizens of this state dealing with a poisoned natural water supply (a result of fracking) I’m sure Sandusky’s financial issues is not at the top of the list of worries.

    Anyone in his or his family’s position would attempt to secure income afterall Dottie still has to worry about her existence her gravy train waste away in prison.

    The court system is screwed and with the latest actions of the mostly conservative supreme court passing laws allowing the country’s most filthy rich to buy their way within the political process, its about to get alot worse for us regular folks…

  21. rolltide510 says: Jun 29, 2014 12:25 PM

    ^ That was pretty awesome. It should be nearly impossible to interject a reference to fracking on a college football message board. Your commitment to your stupid political views is commendable.

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