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Judge sets hearing date for Spanier vs. Freeh case

Updated: Wednesday, November 13 2013, 06:25 PM EST

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

HARRISBURG -- A judge plans to hear arguments in January on whether former Penn State president Graham Spanier should be allowed to delay proceedings in his defamation claim against former FBI director Louis Freeh and Freeh’s law firm.

State court officials said Wednesday that a hearing on Spanier’s request will happen on Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.

The hearing will be about Spanier’s request to have the civil case put on hold while he defends himself against criminal charges related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal that were brought against him in Dauphin County.

Spanier initiated the case by filing a one-page document but not a full legal complaint.

Freeh's lawyers argue against the delay, saying the defamation charge is hurting Freeh's reputation without providing any substantiation.

Freeh and his colleagues produced a Penn State-paid report that was critical of how Spanier and other top university officials handled complaints about Sandusky in 1998 and 2001.

Sandusky was convicted in July of 2012 of sexually molesting boys over several years. He is serving a 30-year to 60-year prison sentence and most recently filed paperwork to appeal his conviction to the state Supreme Court.

Judge sets hearing date for Spanier vs. Freeh case


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