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Graham Spanier Asks Court to Modify Bail Again

by on July 01, 2013 4:30 PM

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier has asked a judge, once again, to modify the terms of his bail. Spanier's bail has been modified twice before; once this past December and a second time in February. Now, he wants to be allowed to travel internationally.

Spanier's attorneys have also asked a judge scrap a provision that requires Spanier to submit a travel itinerary before he is granted permission to travel out-of-state.

Spanier was banned from traveling outside of the continental United States last November when he was arrested for his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. He was arraigned on $125,000 unsecured bail and originally was banned from leaving Pennsylvania altogether. A judge in Harrisburg ordered Spanier to turn over his passport. 

In December, Judge William Wenner amended Spanier's bail for the first time, allowing him to travel within the continental U.S., but only if he told the court five business days ahead of time. Wenner upheld the ban on Spanier's international travel in that same order.

Spanier's bail was modified again in February. At that time, a judge gave Spanier permission to contact members of the Penn State Board of Trustees.

Spanier's attorneys want the international travel restriction lifted, saying he is not a flight risk and has complied with everything the court has asked of him, according to a motion released Monday. 

"There is now no legitimate justification for limiting Dr. Spanier's domestic travel and prohibiting his international travel," Spanier's attorneys write. "Such unnecessary terms violate the Excessive Bail Clause of the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions and should be stricken."

Spanier, along with former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, faces charges that include perjury, obstruction of justice and child endangerment for allegedly covering up reports of Sandusky's abuse. The men want the case against them dismissed. 

Sandusky, 69, was convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse last year and is serving a 30-60 year sentence in a maximum security prison.

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Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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