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Additional Lawsuits Expected in Penn State Sexual Abuse Scandal

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Attorneys for people who say they were victimized by the former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky have been coming forward, the Associated Press reported, increasing the likelihood of civil lawsuits being filed after the criminal charges against him are resolved.

The AP also said that legal experts claim that the school, Sandusky, and others who are likely to be named as defendants will all face different levels and types of legal issues as the discovery process during any civil trials would generate more information than what is garnered during a criminal trial as the defendants have less rights against self-incrimination.

Several issues might play key roles in any civil battle, including the statute of limitations, as the crimes allegedly happened from 1994 to 2009, and it is unknown if any happened before then. Also, is the issue of sovereign immunity which could limit liability against Penn State as it is a ‘state-related’ university that receives millions of dollars from the state of Pennsylvania.

The question now seems to be whether attorneys should delay filing civil lawsuits until after the criminal trial, in hopes that information from the trial could strengthen the charges, or if they should begin to file the complaints as they are received.

Damages for the charges are expected to be very large due to the nature of the cases.

 

 

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Additional Lawsuits Expected in Penn State Sexual Abuse Scandal was posted on Friday, November 18th, 2011 at 8:12 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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