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Graham Spanier's Attorney Says Press Conference a 'Maybe,' Not Definite

by on August 14, 2012 12:56 PM

Contrary to earlier reports, counsel to former Penn State President Graham Spanier said there is only a possibility of a press conference next week to discuss errors in the Freeh report.

Peter Vaira, a Philadelphia-based attorney with the firm Vaira & Riley, P.C. said he would not discuss whether Spanier plans to take any legal action against Penn State. 

"I'm not going to give any information other than to clarify the error." 

Earlier, the AP reported Spanier's attorneys were planning a news conference for early next week in Philadelphia to debunk the Freeh report by pointing out its many errors.

Now, Vaira said he never said that, only that there is the possibility of "something," and no plans have been finalized.

The Freeh report claims that while Spanier was university president, he played a role in the concealment of Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse on campus. Spanier has denied knowing that anything of a sexual nature was ever perpetrated between Sandusky and the boys he met through his charity, The Second Mile.

In a letter sent to the Board of Trustees, Spanier vehemently denied the claims that he would knowingly let a child predator roam free on campus, citing his own childhood abuse as one of the many reasons. 

Regarding any criminal charges against Spanier, Vaira said, "You would certainly know that." 

Spanier remains a tenured member of Penn State's faculty, even though his position as university president was terminated in November when the Sandusky scandal broke. Penn State President Rodeny Erickson said in July the administration is in the process of reviewing that relationship. 

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