"A body of rights, obligations, and remedies that is applied by courts in civil proceedings to provide relief for persons who have suffered harm from the wrongful acts of others. The person who sustains injury or suffers pecuniary damage as the result of tortious conduct is known as the plaintiff, and the person who is responsible for inflicting the injury and incurs liability for the damage is known as the defendant or tortfeasor".
My point exactly. Imagine what would have happened if Paterno, after the 1998 police investigation "cleared" Sandusky, had not "merely" forced Sandusky's sudden and mysterious "retirement" and instead called a press conference and said:
"I fired Sandusky because he's a child molester. Yeah, I know the Pennsylvania State Police cleared him but those clowns couldn't close a door, much less a case on this vile diddler of children. Therefore, I, the Great JoePa, in my capacity as the absolute lord and master not only of the Pennsylvania State University but of the entire Commonwealth, have acted as investigator, judge, jury, and executioner in this matter and not only fired his ass but have also ordered his exile from the Commonwealth
Had Paterno done that does anyone doubt for a minute that the "police cleared" Sandusky would not have been able to sue JoePa for everything he had, including the false choppers?
As it was Sandusky probably threatened suit against PSU over his "retirement" and did in fact get a $168,000 cash payment, PSU pension, and access to PSU facilities. Penn State and its lawyers negotiated that, not Paterno.
I can't believe you're defending an abuser's enabler.
I am most certainly not! I believe that the true enablers here were the craven and cowardly PSU administrators (and their craven and cowardly lawyers). JoePa had fired the SOB
and probably "caught sh*t" from the PSU lawyers for that, given that the police had cleared Sandusky.
Years after he had fired
Sandusky, JoePa heard a highly sanitized depiction of Sandusky's miscreance in a PSU facility. He then told the appropriate administrators
to investigate. Short of his assuming the mantle of investigator, judge, jury, and executioner, what more could JoePa have done? I'm sure that he went to his grave wondering the same thing.