Thursday, November 1, 2012

Wilful blindness at Penn State?

Wilful blindness is very different from carelessness or negligence.  To be wilfully blind an accused has to "know" what is going on but decide to ignore it -- it is intentional ignorance.  Here I can imagine carelessness, negligence -- maybe recklessness -- but wilful blindness will be a stretch. 

Story here


Former Penn State president Graham Spanier and two other former administrators were charged Thursday with perjury, obstruction of justice and endangering children in an alleged coverup of sexual abuse of children by assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.




Prosecutors said all three officials knew of complaints involving Sandusky showering with boys in 1998 and 2001 and failed to take action to stop it.



"This is about three powerful and influential men, three men who used their positions at Penn State to cover up and conceal the activities of (Sandusky),'' said Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly in announcing the charges.



Sandusky, 68, was convicted this summer of 45 criminal counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys and received a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years. He has maintained his innocence and is pursuing appeals.



On Wednesday, he was transferred to a prison in southwestern Pennsylvania that includes most of the state's death row inmates, the Associated Press reported.



The three administrators were accused of turning a blind eye to Sandusky's "serial predatory acts" -- some of which occurred at Penn State athletic facilities -- by failing to notify police or even attempt to learn the identity of the victims.



Spanier is charged with five criminal counts, while former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz, who are already charged with perjury and failure to report child abuse, face new allegations of conspiracy, obstruction and endangering children

19 comments:

Stephen Downes said...

As I understand it they were told repeatedly about the allegations. So I don't see how you could conclude "wilful blindness will be a stretch."

James C Morton said...

If that's so then it's not a stretch.

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