Pennsylvania Democratic leaders wrote a letter two weeks ago to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to investigate Gov. Tom Corbett (R) handling of the investigation into Jerry Sandusky when Corbett was state attorney general. On Thursday, the Justice Department confirmed it received and is reviewing the request, according to a report by the the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Democratic Leader Mike Dermody and Democratic Whip Mike Hanna wrote the letter asking for “an independent eye to carefully review the investigation of Mr. Sandusky by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.” The letter further requests the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the matter.
According to the Patriot-News, Corbett has faced criticism over the duration of the Sandusky investigation, but the Republican governor has called it merely partisan political attacks.
“In all, nearly 33 months passed form the time the case was transferred to the Office of the Attorney General to the filing of charges against Mr. Sandusky,” the letter states, noting that charges were formally filed in November 2011, several months after Corbett’s successful run for governor.
The letter also indicates that Sandusky may have transported children across state lines in the commission of his criminal acts, exposing him to federal criminal liability.
Sandusky, a former Penn State football coach, was convicted on multiple counts relating to child sexual abuse and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison on Oct. 9. Earlier this week, he was transferred to a prison in southwestern Pennsylvania to serve his sentence.