Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
PSU gets settlement offers from Sandusky victims
HARRISBURG (AP) -- The lawyer brought in by Penn State to help settle Jerry Sandusky-related claims said Monday that he recently gave university officials monetary settlement offers from most of the people asserting they were molested by the former assistant football coach.
Attorney Ken Feinberg told The Associated Press that he delivered the demands to Penn State administrators, lawyers and members of the board of trustees during a meeting Friday in Philadelphia.
"The next step is Penn State -- we'll see how Penn State responds in the next few weeks," Feinberg said.
Asked about the meeting, a university spokesman declined to comment. Reactions by lawyers for the claimants ranged from hopefulness to no comment. None would say what dollar figure he or she is seeking.
Feinberg "has assured us that within a degree of somewhat certainty, like 85 percent, he thinks he can get our case settled," said Harrisburg attorney Chuck Schmidt, whose client's lawsuit is on hold. "So far as it moving forward, I'm cautiously optimistic."
Bala Cynwyd lawyer Mike Boni, who represents Aaron Fisher, the young man whose story launched the investigation into Sandusky and who wrote a book about the abuse, said Feinberg's response to his settlement offer was "hope springs eternal."