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Paterno Could Eventually Face Civil Claims of Negligence, Law Professor Says

Joe Paterno, the legendary Penn State football coach who announced his retirement today in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal, has not been charged in connection with the case. But he may still be vulnerable to criminal and civil claims down the road, writes Michael McCann, a sports-law professor at Vermont Law School in a Sports Illustrated column today. “The potential exists for Paterno to face both perjury and obstruction-of-justice charges,” Mr. McCann says, “especially as the investigation intensifies and as other witnesses, as well as defendants and potential defendants, talk.”

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