Inside this edition: Why Spotlight PA fought to unseal search warrants but waited to publish a story, a free event breaking down Pa.'s multibillion-dollar budget, and an opportunity to meet your Spotlight PA reporters in person.
Real quick: Spotlight PA fought to unseal search warrants involving Penn State student crime victims, but there were too many unanswered questions to rush a story once we had them.
A bit more: A story broke Friday that revealed Penn State athletes had reportedly been extorted into sending sexually explicit images and videos of themselves and others, including videos recorded inside the football team’s locker room.
The contents of the file are disturbing. The documents include intimate details about potential victims of extortion, and describe possible sexual abuse. The documents raise a host of questions not just about what occurred, but how it was subsequently handled by the university, the district attorney’s office, and other law enforcement.
Those questions required more time, reporting, and context than could be provided in the hours after we received the records Friday afternoon. So we decided not to rush to publish.
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