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Graham Spanier Voluntarily Drops Lawsuit Against Penn State

by on July 18, 2012 11:25 AM

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier voluntarily dropped his civil case against the university, in which he was trying to obtain emails, per court documents filed in Centre County Wednesday.

The court documents give no indication of why Spanier is voluntarily discontinuing pursuing action.

Spanier filed the suit against Penn State on May 25 in an attempt to have emails turned over to him that were made a part of former FBI director Louis Freeh's investigation of Penn State.

Spanier said he wanted the emails – which are on Penn State servers and could date as far back as 1996 – to refresh his memory should he be interviewed by law enforcement officials regarding his handling of incidents involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who recently was found guilty on 45 of 48 charges related to child sex abuse.

Attorneys for Penn State had asked the court to dismiss the complaint "in its entirety."

Judge Freeh released his investigative report of Penn State last Thursday. He criticized Penn State's former top administrators for their inaction when they knew a child predator was roaming free on campus.

"Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky's victims until after Sandusky's arrest."

A court date had been set for Aug. 17.

On Tuesday, Penn State President Rodney Erickson said Penn State is in the process of reevaluating its relationship with Spanier, who currently remains a tenured employee of the university.

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