A CONSPIRATOR IS A PERSON WHO TAKES PART IN A CONSPIRACY–AKA COVER-UP.
Why is this so confusing to people? I am not saying that old man Paterno should be arrested and hauled off to jail, but he is at this point an unindicted co-conspirator. He did not have to witness the crime to be a conspirator. But, there seems little doubt that he was in some way part of a cover-up. That could mean a true cover-up where information is hidden or a cover-up by OMISSION. That is a handshake not to disclose what he knew and when. Maybe it even meant urging others not to go to the police.
The actual facts regarding Paterno may never be known. We do know that for over 10 years various Penn State officials knew about a child rape, criminal complaint and massive inappropriate behavior.
Jerry Sandusky fits the profile of child predators. Even down to starting a charity to enable him to have more access to boys. This makes him sick and no doubt mentally ill. So, how do we explain the behavior of McQueary? And for that matter Paterno and everybody else?
As with many crimes and criminal acts, we cannot excuse them, but often we can explain them. But, the case of Penn State and the child rapes seems to have only one excuse and that is MONEY. Big, college football money.
The question now is, will this turn into a Federal case–I would bet YES–and how many others will be charged? Remember, people can be charged with conspiracy and obstruction. No wonder Paterno and the rest have hired high-priced criminal defense lawyers.
To Sandusky I can only say that the one place a child rapist never wants to go is PRISON. Karma and some good inmates will take good care of you.