Former federal prosecutor H. Geoffrey Moulton has been tapped by Pennsylvania’s new Democratic attorney general to review her Republican predecessor’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky case.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D) appointed Moulton last week to look into why the office of then-AG Tom Corbett, now the state’s governor, took so long to bring charges against the former Penn State assistant football coach. Sandusky is currently serving a 30 to 60 year prison sentence for the aggravated sexual abuse of boys he met through the Second Mile charity he founded.
Polls show Pennsylvanians are unsatisfied with Corbett’s handling of the case, which brought about the firing of Joe Paterno, Penn State’s legendary football coach, and also resulted in charges against former Penn State President Graham Spanier and administrator Gary Schulz, as well as athletic director Tim Curley.
Among the matters Moulton, 54, will look into is whether political considerations factored into any delays in the investigation. The investigation into the sex abuse and cover-up allegations took nearly three years before any indictments were handed down.
Moulton is the “perfect man for the job,” former Philadelphia Assistant U.S. Attorney John Pease told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He has the experience as a prosecutor to work on complex cases, to understand the facts and get to the bottom of what happened,” Pease said, adding that Moulton would work without any preconceived notions of what the outcome of the investigation should be.
Moulton is no stranger to sensitive investigations, having led a 1993 Treasury Department inquiry into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ botched raid on the Branch Davidian compound outside of Waco, Texas. The investigation, and Moulten’s subsequent testimony before Congress, led to a shakeup within the bureau and the Treasury department.
He is a former First Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and a former clerk on the Supreme Court to then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
From 2009 to 2011 he served first as chief counsel to Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.), the caretaker for Joe Biden’s seat after Biden was elected vice president; and then as chief of staff to Neil Barofsky, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, known as SIGTARP.
Moulton graduated from Amherst College and earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was on the Law Review.