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Did Mike McQueary Commit Perjury?

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McQueary's testimony, however, did not withstand cross-examination. First, Rominger showed McQueary the notes written in late 2010 by Trooper Scott Rossman, the first person to interrogate him. Trooper Rossman's notes state that McQueary mentioned only two glances. [June 12, p. 230]

Second, Rominger reminded McQueary about the written statement he had given to the Office of the Attorney General in 2010. It mentions only two glances. [Ibid. p. 232]

Third, after prodding by Mr. Rominger, Mr. McQueary agreed that his grand jury testimony mentioned only two glances. [Ibid. p. 233]

After establishing that McQueary told the grand jury that he took two glances, not three, Rominger quoted McQueary's testimony about that second glance from page 9 of the grand jury transcript: "I looked into that shower again and the young boy saw me. He was again in that position, but kind of -- I think he knew someone had come into the locker room. He saw me, kind of looking over his shoulder and saw me." [Ibid. p. 273]

According to that same transcript Mr. McQueary then told the grand jury: "I walked out, directly out, as fast as I could, to be honest with you, when they were still in that position and he was turned." [Ibid. p. 276]

According to that transcript, McQueary also explained why he walked out, rather than doing anything to stop the molestation: "I was nervous and flustered, so I just didn't do anything to stop it." [Ibid. p. 285] Wow!

Here's where we are: If we believe: (1) what McQueary told Trooper Rossman, (2) what he put in his written statement and (3) what he testified to the grand jury, then we must conclude that McQueary took only two, not three, glances into the shower and fled the scene after that second glance.

Thus, there was no slamming of the locker door and there was no separation of Sandusky from the boy. Sandusky and the boy did not turn around and they did not look directly into McQueary's eyes. In fact, as Rominger noted during his cross examination, the actual transcript of McQueary's grand jury testimony contains no mention of slamming a locker door.

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Looking at the evidence, we see that, on three occasions in late 2010, McQueary testified to taking only two glances into the shower and to fleeing the scene without making any effort to stop Sandusky. But, on 16 December 2011 and on 12 June 2012, McQueary testified that he took three glances, slammed the locker door after the second glance and then saw Sandusky and the boy separated on his third glance.

Why the change in testimony? Undoubtedly, he changed his testimony because he had been under withering criticism from people who suspected that he did nothing to stop Sandusky from raping the young boy.

Evidence of such criticism can be found in an email written by McQueary and published on 15 November 2011 by the Associated Press. In the email, McQueary claimed he "was being hammered for handling this the right way."

But, in that very same email, McQueary emphasized: "I did stop it, not physically"but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room""

Consider this timeline: Up until his 15 November 2011 email about being hammered, McQueary's sworn testimony mentioned only two glances into the shower. After his 15 November 2011 email about being hammered, McQueary's sworn testimony mentions three glances.

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The timeline suggests motive. But, did public pressure motivate McQueary to suddenly remember that he had taken action to stop Sandusky, notwithstanding what he previously said under oath to the grand jury? Or did public pressure motivate McQueary to lie in his email and then embellish that lie -- during sworn testimony on 16 December 2011 and 12 June 2012 -- with supporting lies under oath about slamming a locker door and taking of a third glance into the locker room?

Dictionary.com defines perjury as, "the willful giving of false testimony under oath or affirmation, before a competent tribunal, upon a point material to a legal inquiry."

Americans should decide whether Mike McQueary committed perjury. But, after they decide, they also should make their decision known to the Attorney General. members of the news media, members of Penn State's board of trustees, other Americans, the Special Investigative Counsel that issued the Freeh Report and the NCAA.

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Walter C. Uhler is an independent scholar and freelance writer whose work has been published in numerous publications, including The Nation, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Journal of Military History, the Moscow Times and the San (more...)
 

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Walter, Some of us are just now beginning to ... by Barry Bozeman on Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 3:27:04 PM
Barry:  I agree, Rominger could have been muc... by Walter Uhler on Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 4:26:40 PM
Hadn't really thought about your question Walt but... by Barry Bozeman on Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 4:31:48 PM
Actually Joe Paterno destroyed Joe Paterno. When ... by John Twinings on Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012 at 9:59:25 AM
I gotta give you credit, John, when you drink the ... by Keith Ward on Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012 at 11:30:21 AM
..is you.  The facts I stated about Joe Pater... by John Twinings on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012 at 12:25:59 AM
..as the result of this "devastating" cross examin... by John Twinings on Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:17:23 AM
The religion is big time sports, the denomination ... by Richard Pietrasz on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012 at 4:47:38 AM
I always love it when I write an article about one... by Walter Uhler on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012 at 6:02:22 AM
You seem to have missed my point so let me restate... by John Twinings on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012 at 9:24:15 PM
Mike McQueary made an allegation to Paterno about ... by Walter Uhler on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012 at 11:24:42 PM
I get the feeling that the jury may weigh more the... by John Twinings on Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 at 11:37:53 PM
Gary Schultz - a decade after a 10 minute meeting ... by Barry Bozeman on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 4:15:20 PM
For over 20 years this man seemed to be an uncommo... by Barry Bozeman on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 4:15:47 PM
I do believe the religion take is very apt. As we... by John Twinings on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012 at 9:12:06 PM
John Twinnings, you gots them on the run, now let... by Mike Simons on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 9:25:20 PM
Inaccuracy 4: Uhler has always maintained the inc... by Mike Simons on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 9:29:27 PM
He would be expected to say that Mike McQueary nev... by Russell Zieske on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 11:54:02 AM
To RussellThaks for your reply.Yes, you are spot o... by Mike Simons on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 6:01:42 PM
One glance, two glances, three glances. Insertio... by Mike Simons on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 9:35:27 PM
But if I may be so bold as to add one more bon mot... by John Twinings on Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 1:11:40 AM
Thanks John for your response.I don't believe I ev... by Mike Simons on Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 2:22:15 AM
Thanks for "unconfusing" me!Mike... by Mike Simons on Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 10:38:45 PM
The curious part about Rominger's behavior during ... by Russell Zieske on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 12:24:46 PM
Three points:(1)  Did McQueary perjure himsel... by Walter Uhler on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 1:57:37 PM
The kind that takes place inside of a brain that i... by Russell Zieske on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 3:07:41 PM
My! My! What a steel trap of a mind! Penetration i... by Walter Uhler on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:23:46 PM
Joe Paterno's grand jury testimony renders all of ... by Russell Zieske on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:57:30 PM
Only a weak mind would assume that when Paterno to... by Walter Uhler on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 10:25:11 PM
I believe his grand jury testimony. I believe McQu... by Russell Zieske on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 10:21:38 AM
Before you judge my emotional investment, you migh... by Walter Uhler on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 4:29:48 PM
Here you go.Let me guess, you thought it was PT Ba... by Russell Zieske on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 4:56:00 PM
Look deeper.... by Walter Uhler on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 9:50:10 PM
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Were you better at backpedaling you might have com... by Russell Zieske on Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 8:04:17 AM
You misused the word sycophant, you erroneously "k... by Walter Uhler on Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 9:17:46 AM
I'm sure there are some people out there who are i... by Russell Zieske on Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 10:01:11 AM
1)- No, McQueary didn't perjure himself. If he's e... by Russell Zieske on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 3:08:12 PM
1) Your use of the term sycophant suggests you're ... by Walter Uhler on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:51:26 PM
To the astute Russell Zieske, did you catch t... by Mike Simons on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 10:47:34 AM
Was that McQueary didn't mention anything sexual. ... by Russell Zieske on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 11:07:17 AM
I've had this argument a couple of times with othe... by Russell Zieske on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 11:42:46 AM
I wrote this in one of my articles:  " A... by Walter Uhler on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 4:07:03 PM
I retract that statement about you citing Seasock ... by Russell Zieske on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 4:22:32 PM
Is there another one of your "articles" that discu... by Russell Zieske on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 4:46:58 PM
Schultz's testimony,...he stated that McQueary "ma... by Russell Zieske on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 12:41:19 PM
Hi RussellYou: "When pressed at the end, Schultz s... by Mike Simons on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 6:19:55 PM
Hi Russell!  Curley is implicated and here's ... by Mike Simons on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 6:30:27 PM
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Hi RussellMy take on your excellent questions. Fir... by Mike Simons on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 8:33:15 PM
And if he does he'll be in the cell next to Sandus... by Russell Zieske on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 10:49:48 AM
Here is some of what we know about what Mike McQu... by Barry Bozeman on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 2:46:50 PM
This seems very understandable. Mike walks into a... by Barry Bozeman on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 2:47:57 PM
Mike McQueary took one brief glance into that mirr... by Barry Bozeman on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 2:58:27 PM
and they don't know jack about Mike McQueary ... by Barry Bozeman on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 3:20:36 PM
This is a massive story being side tracked by the ... by Barry Bozeman on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 3:21:18 PM
Your analysis does not seem to be borne out by the... by John Twinings on Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 12:26:07 AM
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