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Penn State Responds to Former President Graham Spanier's Lawsuit

by on June 06, 2012 6:00 AM

Penn State officially has received a copy of the lawsuit former Penn State President Graham Spanier filed in an attempt to obtain his old emails, which are now part of the Louis Freeh investigation. 

Spanier filed the civil suit May 25 because he said he needed a way to refresh his memory before talking to investigators about the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal and his possible role in it. Some of the emails may date back as far as 14 years. 

"Penn State has received the suit," university spokesman Dave La Torre wrote in an email. "While we continue to believe Dr. Spanier should meet with the Freeh Group, as hundreds of university employees have, we will not comment on the specifics of the suit." 

As of May 4, the investigation led by former FBI director Freeh conducted at least 400 interviews with individuals affiliated with Penn State. The investigation is looking to uncover any potential wrongdoing that may have led to a child predator roaming free on-campus.

Freeh and his team are expected to publish the report, which will be available publicly, by the beginning of the fall semester.

Meanwhile, Penn State President Rodney Erickson has yet to testify before the grand jury. He received a subpoena in April.

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