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Louis Freeh Wants Outside Judge To Hear Spanier Defamation Lawsuit

by and on April 10, 2015 4:58 PM

The legal battle between Louis Freeh and Graham Spanier rages on.

The latest motion in the defamation suit filed by Spanier against Freeh requests the case bring in outside help.

Louis Freeh wants a new judge to preside over Spanier’s defamation case against him, according to court documents.

Attorneys representing Freeh and his law firm requested an outside judge in a court filing Thursday, specifically requesting that Dauphin County President Judge Todd Hoover hear the case. Hoover is currently presiding over Spanier’s criminal case in Dauphin County.

“Those proceedings are substantially related to the allegations that plaintiff proposes to assert herein,” the filing says.

Spanier filed the suit against Freeh last month, claiming the former FBI Director defamed him “by accusing Spanier of failing to report suspected child abuse and endangering Sandusky’s child victims.”

In the filing, Freeh’s attorneys contend the criminal and civil cases are “directly related and judicial efficiency and economy would be well-served by having President Judge Hoover preside over these proceedings.” Spanier was one of the four individuals singled out in Freeh’s report as having culpability for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

The filing cites the Paterno family’s lawsuit against Penn State and the NCAA and Mike McQueary’s whistleblower suit, both of which used outside judges.

No trial date has been set in Spanier's criminal case. Two others are also charged in the alleged cover-up -- former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Senior Vice President for Finance Gary Schultz.

All three men have pleaded not guilty to charges related to the alleged cover-up of Sandusky's crimes.


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Ted Hozza writes for Onward State. He's also a Penn State student majoring in Community, the Environment, and Development.
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