Penn State trustees hire law firm in abuse scandal

A commission being set up by Pennsylvania lawmakers will consider changes to state law in the wake of the scandal. The plan was described as being in the planning stage, including meetings of leaders and their aides.

There have been other proposals for legislative action in Harrisburg, as well as in Washington, where U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has introduced a bill that would strengthen child-abuse reporting requirements.

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. George Miller of California said scandals at Penn State and the Citadel in South Carolina demonstrated a need for the House Education and the Workforce Committee to study potential changes to federal laws that protect children and students.

Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, appeared with him on NBC’s “Rock Center” on Monday night and cast doubt on the evidence in the case. Sandusky, 67, appeared on the show by phone and said he had showered with boys but never molested them.

It remains unclear how many accusers have surfaced more than a week after state police and the attorney general’s office said at a news conference they were seeking additional potential victims and witnesses.

State police spokeswoman Maria Finn said investigators have told her that published accounts reporting how many people have come forward are inaccurate and they are not disclosing their internal figures.

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Scolforo reported from Harrisburg and Dale from Philadelphia.

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