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Spanier Given 20 Days to File Complaint Against Freeh

by on October 02, 2013 9:59 AM

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier has been given 20 days to file the defamation lawsuit he's threatened to bring against, Louis Freeh.

Freeh's attorney's filed paperwork on Monday demanding to have Spanier file an actual complaint in Centre County Court, or have the court throw the case out. The Centre County Prothonotary accepted Freeh's request.

Spanier has filed a writ of summons against Freeh asking him to appear in court, but no complaint has been filed. Spanier has claimed in court documents he would sue for defamation.

Also in the court documents, attorneys Robert C. Heim, Michael L. Kichline, Asha T. Mehrotra and William T. McEnroe were added as attorneys for Freeh and Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP.

Spanier is charged with obstruction of justice, perjury, child endangerment, conspiracy and failure to report abuse. Freeh was hired by the Penn State Board of Trustees to compile a report to find out if anyone covered up allegations of child sex abuse against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Freeh said in the report Spanier was one of the top Penn State administrators who covered up the allegations of abuse.

Adam Lidgett is a freelance reporter who has covered news and feature stories in State College and Centre County.
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