Democratic leaders in the state House of Representatives have asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review of the investigation of Jerry Sandusky.
Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, and Democratic whip Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, on Wednesday sent a letter asking Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate the probe started under Tom Corbett when he was state attorney general.
"It is clear that this case is crying out for an independent eye to carefully review the investigation of Mr. Sandusky by Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General," Dermody and Hanna wrote. "As long as there is a cloud of suspicion hanging over this tragedy, the people of Pennsylvania will never be able to bring this dark chapter of our history to a close."
House Democrats tried unsuccessfully Monday to pass a resolution urging a federal investigation, but Republicans blocked all efforts to bring the resolution to the floor.
Democrats want the U.S. attorney general's office to look into whether the three-year investigation of the former Penn State assistant football coach took too long and put children at risk.
The Democratic leaders noted in the letter that Corbett was running for governor while his office was conducting the Sandusky investigation. They said additional resources were not devoted to the investigation until after Corbett became governor in January 2011.
"There is no Commonwealth law enforcement agency with the independence needed to competently investigate whether political considerations had an impact on the inexplicably slow pace of the investigation, allowing a suspected pedophile and sexual predator to continue walking the streets," Dermody and Hanna wrote.
Sandusky was sentenced last week to at least 30 years in state prison for sexually abusing 10 boys. He is vowing to appeal.