Sandusky pension questions raised

Common sense and a desire for justice for victims would dictate that disgraced former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky should never receive his $4,900 a month pension.

But there always are legal points to review, thus the specter of the convicted pedophile finally testifying occurred Monday, via a video link from the state prison where he is serving 30 to 60 years for 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

The issues aren’t about his guilt or innocence, or about the victims or justice for them or assuaging the indignance of taxpayers, or even just simple human decency.

The issues are legal ones regarding whether Sandusky was still a state employee when Pennsylvania enacted a pension forfeiture law. The state pension system argued Sandusky was a state employee and the convictions fall under the pension forfeiture act. Sandusky’s attorneys and the pedophile prisoner himself argue that he was not a state employee.

The law was enacted in 1978. Sandusky retired in 1999, saying an early retirement incentive would boost his pension. He testified Tuesday that he wasn’t a Penn State employee after 1999, while the pension system argues he was a de-facto employee even after retirement.

We hope the hearing examiner finds any loopholes are too small for Sandusky’s wallet to fit through, but we also know that justice is justice, even for someone as distasteful as Jerry Sandusky.

And even if the examiner finds in the state’s favor, Sandusky can go to court to appeal.