Lebanon County Senior Judge Robert Eby has given former Penn State president Graham Spanier an extension to respond to former FBI director Louis Freeh’s statements in defamation lawsuit. Matt Rourke AP, file
Lebanon County Senior Judge Robert Eby has given former Penn State president Graham Spanier an extension to respond to former FBI director Louis Freeh’s statements in defamation lawsuit. Matt Rourke AP, file

Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Judge grants Spanier extension in Freeh defamation lawsuit

May 30, 2017 9:53 PM

Graham Spanier will get more time to argue his case.

The former Penn State president convicted of misdemeanor child endangerment in March was granted an extension to reply to former FBI director and retired federal judge Louis Freeh’s new matter in Spanier’s defamation lawsuit.

Spanier asked for additional time to respond to Freeh’s document that brought the conviction into play. Sentencing in that case is set for Friday.

Freeh named Spanier as one of four culpable university leaders in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal in his Penn State-commissioned independent investigation of the case.

Spanier’s criminal case, along with the guilty pleas of former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz, stemmed from grand jury testimony in the Sandusky child sex abuse case. Sandusky continues to seek a new trial while serving a 30-to-60 year sentence in Somerset for the 45 counts of child sex charges he was found guilty on in 2012.

Lebanon County Senior Judge Robert Eby granted Spanier’s request to extend his opportunity to reply through June 6. The order posted by the Centre County Prothonotary’s Office on Monday was dated May 26.

Former Penn State administrators 'turned their backs' on child sex abuse, AG says

Pa. AG Josh Shapiro spoke following the Graham Spanier verdict in Harrisburg. Spanier, Penn State's former president, was found guilty of misdemeanor child endangerment and not guilty of conspiracy. Former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and vice-president Gary Schultz pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

Jeremy Hartley jhartley@centredaily.com

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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