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We all of course know both Penn State and Jerry Sandusky are currently under investigation for child molestation. However, the people who have seemed to suffer most in the wake of the scandal are the students. Now, it seems they will also be suffering in their wallets.
According the Times Leader, ""When something bad happens, sometimes civil liabilities follow, so it's certainly not out of the question that somebody could sue not just Sandusky, but the school and others," said Jessie Allen, who teaches civil procedure, legal ethics and civil rights at University of Pittsburgh School of Law."
Here is a little law 101 for you:
In a criminal case, the burden of proof is very high. That whole "beyond a reasonable doubt" thing means, the jury must be more then 90% sure that both Jerry Sandusky and the university were criminally at fault.
In a civil case, the burden of proof is much lower. The jury must be 51% sure the university and Sandusky were negligent, in which case the plaintiffs (the families of the children molested) would be rewarded some monetary value.
If the families decide to take the university to court, they will most likely win. So who will pay? The students at Penn State. "Any policy is only covered to its liability limits, and that could be a problem. Even if it isn't a problem with liability limits, the policy premiums could rise, and any costs could be passed on to students in the form of higher tuition," John Culhane, a law professor and tort expert at Widener University's School of Law said.
Wouldn't that just be the final kick in the nuts to the Penn State student body.
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