Experts: Paterno’s death won’t stop court cases



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Penn State football coach Joe Paterno would have been a dramatic witness at the upcoming trials of his former assistant and two university officials.

But legal experts say his death will have little effect on the criminal and civil cases stemming from the Penn State child-sex scandal.

Duquesne University law professor Nicholas Cafardi says one case will now focus on what graduate assistant Mike McQueary told university officials charged with perjury and failing to report child abuse.

He says Paterno’s death removes the distraction of what Paterno did or failed to do.

The 85-year-old Paterno died Sunday, two months after former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with molesting 10 boys.

Paterno’s brief grand jury testimony cannot be used at trial, because defense lawyers never got to cross-examine him.