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Tag: Louis Freeh

Attorney Finds Errors in Report by Director Freeh on Penn State Abuse Scandal

Louis Freeh

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An attorney charged with challenging a landmark report on the Penn State University investigation slammed the findings, saying they are inaccurate and misleading, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports.

The attorney, Michael L. Bangs, criticized the author of the report, former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

Bangs questions every page of the 267-page review that was used in the investigation and helped shape public opinion.

Bangs said the report grossly overstated the number of times Sandusky was compensated by the university.

The “use of this remarkably incorrect statistic by the Freeh report, which was then relied upon to form the basis for a number of its other conclusions, calls

into question the accuracy and veracity of the entire report,” Bangs wrote.

Freeh’s law firm could not be reached for comment.

Ex-FBI Director Freeh Facing Libel, Defamation Suit Over Penn State Child Sex Abuse Scandal

 

Louis Freeh

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI director Louis Freeh is being sued for libel and defamation over his detailed report about the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University, the Associated Press reports.

The university’s former president, Graham Spanier, initiated the suit because of how he was characterized in the report.

The filing came just a day before the one-year anniversary of Freeh’s report, which outlined in great detail the failures that led up to longtime assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky being sentenced to prison on molestation charges.

Spanier insisted he knew nothing about the sexual assault, so he could not have “repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse case,” as stated in the report, his lawyers claim.

Ex-FBI Director Freeh Investigating Attorney Tied to BP’s Multibillion-Dollar Settlement

Louis Freeh

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was appointed by federal judges to investigate a court-supervised administrator of BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement, the Associated Press reports.

Freeh, a private consultant, was named a “special master” by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier.

Freeh is to investigate whether an attorney on the staff of claims administrator, Patrick Juneau, received inappropriate payments.

The AP reported that Juneau is accused of receiving a portion of the settlement proceeds before he started working on the deal.

Column: Was the Nation Not Ready for a Woman FBI Director?

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the end, President Obama opted for a white guy — and a lawyer at that — to head the FBI.

It appears America is not quite ready for a woman, or a black person for that matter, to head what the White House and some others clearly see as the most important federal law enforcement agency in the country.

I was skeptical that the President would pick a woman to head the FBI, even though the DEA,  U.S. Secret Service,  U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security are headed up by women. It just seems like one last hurdle — be it psychological or chauvinistic — presidential administrations have not been willing to jump over.

The press is reporting that Obama will pick James Comey, a former Justice Department deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush. Lawyers seem to be a popular choice to head the FBI. Robert S. Mueller III is a former federal prosecutor. So was Louis Freeh, though Freeh was also a former FBI agent and federal judge. Though it’s not hard to find FBI agents who were critical of either Freeh or Mueller, or both.

There had been speculation that a woman might get the nod.

Lisa Monaco

Specifically, Lisa O. Monaco had been mentioned as a front runner.  She is a former federal prosecutor who currently serves as the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Another woman’s name that had  popped up was Jana Monroe, the former FBI special agent in charge of the Phoenix division, who is now Director, Corporate Security & Business Continuity Management at Southern California Edison in the Los Angeles area.

Whether Monaco or Monroe were actually the best choice is another question. Who knows?

Mike Mason, an African American ex-FBI official, who was the choice of the FBI Agents Association two years ago, didn’t seem to be in the mix this time around. This year, the association pushed for U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, a former FBI agent.

If Comey is confirmed, and serves out his 10-ear term, that will take us to 2023.

Will the country be ready for a woman to head the FBI then?

We shall see.

Then again, if it were up to J. Edgar Hoover, the bureau still might not have women agents.

READER COMMENTS

Comment from stvnbrwn54

Who knows about the nation’s readiness for a woman director, whatever the hell that means. I do know the nation is “ready” for idiodic journalists obsessed about gender to get a life!

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Comment from Joe Bravo

Another lost opportunity. Another disappointment. And this, after re-election.

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Comment from  craigmonson

The nation elected a black president, “the DEA, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security are headed up by women” and yet there is some “psychological” or “chauvanistic” hurdle against a woman to head the FBI? Given the facts quoted in the article, I find it extremely hard to accept the author’s conclusion.

Rather, I think the decision is based on a number of factors–qualifications, political correctness, ease of confirmation, public image, etc. etc. I doubt gender or race played any negative role at all in the decision….

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 Comment from jbeckman

Unbelievable obssession with gender and race. The dynamics of racism are quickly reversing. A “white guy” is now a dissapointment in any position. This reporter could learn something from this President who has not used race in his agenda. Perhaphs some day the country will be ready for less “white guy” journalists and more women and minorities. Weak attempt at journalism and reporting. I am glad I stumbled onto this one.

 

Former FBI Director Freeh Delivers Graduation Speech at St. Anselm College

Louis Freeh

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh urged graduating students Saturday to give back to their community during a commencement speech at St. Anselm College, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

“We should all strive to help create a more perfect union,” said Freeh, who was selected because of his commitment to law enforcement, the Union Leader wrote.

Freeh also remarked about a time when his 2-year-old son pushed his older brother into a pond at the Rose Garden during the nomination process by President Bill Clinton. When the 2-year-old lied and told the president that he didn’t shove his brother, Clinton said the lawyer in the young boy made him proud.

Family of Joe Paterno Commissioned Study That Suggests Late Coach Did Nothing Wrong

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The family of Joe Paterno commissioned a report that suggests the Penn State University coach did nothing wrong and was the victim of a rushed investigation, CBS News and the Associated Press report.

The report argues that the probe into the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, which was led by former FBI director Louis Freeh, contends the evidence against Paterno is not supported by the facts, the CBS News and AP wrote.

One of the experts used in the report, Former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, said the Freeh investigation was incomplete and flawed.

Freeh’s report reached “inaccurate and unfounded findings related to Mr. Paterno and its numerous process-oriented deficiencies was a rush to injustice and calls into question” the investigation’s credibility.

Freeh defended the probe.

“I stand by our conclusion that four of the most powerful people at Penn State failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade,” he told the AP.

Former FBI Director Freeh Takes Over Law Firm, Merges It with his Law Practice

  

Louis Freeh

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who last year led an investigation into the sexual abuse of Penn State University’s assistant football coach will take over the law firm Pepper Hamilton L.L.P. later this month, the Philadelphia Enquirer reports.

Freeh, who is replacing Nina Gussak, merged his Wilmington-based law firm with Pepper Hamilton last year. 

The idea is to expand the firm’s white collar defense practice, while Freeh also does internal investigative and consulting work, the firm announced Tuesday.

“This is a really interesting new model,” Freeh said told the Enquirer.

Freeh is a former federal judge who oversaw the FBI under President Clinton. In 2006, Freeh opened his own law firm and investigated internal-corruption.

Ex-FBI Dir. Freeh Doing Thorough Job in Penn State Probe

Louis Freeh

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI chief Louis Freeh and his investigators have been doing a pretty thorough job looking at the child-sex scandal at Penn State involving assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The Associated Press reports that the group has conducted 200 interviews, trying to get insight into the relationship between the football program and the administration.

Authorities there hope to figure out ways to prevent a scandal from going undetected as it did for so long.

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