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Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal: Legal Questions/Answers

Although no civil law suits have yet been filed against Penn State in the growing sex abuse scandal, there is certainly no doubt that they will be coming down the road. People have asked legal questions about these cases, and we try to answer some of the most common questions here.

Penn State Faces Civil Lawsuits

The Penn State sexual abuse case reminds us of a similar case we handled a few years ago involving a local coach who engaged in a pattern of sexual abuse with young boys on his team. In that case, as in the Penn State situation, we argued successfully that the school had prior knowledge of the coach's conduct and that they looked the other way and continued to allow him to have contact with young boys.

Penn State Faces Civil Lawsuits

The Penn State sexual abuse case reminds us of a similar case we handled a few years ago involving a local coach who engaged in a pattern of sexual abuse with young boys on his team. In that case, as in the Penn State situation, we argued successfully that the school had prior knowledge of the coach's conduct and that they looked the other way and continued to allow him to have contact with young boys.

Brain test detects awareness in "Vegetative" Patient

A recent story in the New York Times indicated that doctors at two hospitals in Europe detected signs of awareness in three severely brain-injured people who supposedly were in a "vegetative state." A vegetative state generally means that someone has no awareness of their surroundings. The doctors used brain wave patters on an EEG test to reach their conclusions.

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