Judge to reconsider PSU's request to throw out McQueary's suit

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 18, 2013 2:45 PM

(Bellefonte) -- A judge says it might be late April before he rules on Penn State's request to dismiss a whistleblower and defamation lawsuit filed by former assistant football coach Mike McQueary.

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Judge Thomas Gavin presided over today's half-hour hearing, where lawyers debated the school's preliminary objections that could end the case.

McQueary is seeking millions in damages for how he says he was treated after reporting having seen Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy in 2001.

Gavin challenged Penn State lawyer Nancy Conrad on whether people would have assumed McQueary was the target of statements made in November 2011 by then-university president Graham Spanier.

Spanier said charges against two school administrators, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, were "groundless.'' McQueary argues Spanier's statements made him appear untruthful.

Sandusky has been convicted on 45 counts of child abuse and is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence.

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