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November 29th, 2011
09:41 AM ET

Sandusky hires private investigator, Fine's wife to make statement today – Paul Callan on legal challenges in each case

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach accused of sexual abuse, is working with a private investigator in his quest to prove his innocence, his lawyer said Monday. Attorney Joe Amendola said his client, who is free on $100,000 bail, is conducting his own investigation. Sandusky is charged with 40 counts related to the alleged sexual abuse of eight young boys.

At the same time, the wife of former Syracuse basketball coach Bernie Fine plans to make a statement today regarding the validity of a taped conversation she reportedly had with one of her husband's accusers. The taped conversation suggests she knew about Fine's alleged abuse.

Christine Romans and Carol Costello sit down with CNN legal contributor Paul Callan to discuss the legal challenges in each case.

Filed under: Penn State • Syracuse
November 28th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

Comparing Syracuse, Penn State child sex abuse charges – is it fair to draw parallels?

Syracuse University associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine has been fired after explosive allegations surfaced of Fine sexually abusing two former ballboys. This all comes weeks after Penn State fired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky for multiple charges of child sex abuse.

After the firing, head coach Jim Boeheim - who had earlier defended Fine - issued this statement.

"The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged. I believe the university took the appropriate step tonight. What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found. I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse."

ESPN has released a secretly recorded conversation in 2002 between Fine's wife, Laurie Fine, and one of the coach's accusers.

This morning on American Morning, Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim talks about the allegations and the similarities between allegations at Syracuse and Penn State.

Filed under: Child abuse • Syracuse