Spanier's civil lawsuit against Freeh delayed

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 26, 2014 4:32 AM

(State College) -- A judge is granting former Penn State president Graham Spanier's request to delay testimony in his defamation civil lawsuit against former FBI director Louis Freeh and Freeh's law firm.


Judge Jonathan Grine issued a stay in the case Tuesday, saying the criminal charges that Spanier faces for an alleged cover-up of complaints about Jerry Sandusky played a role in his decision.

Grine says Spanier would otherwise be faced with a choice about whether to testify in the civil case and potentially jeopardize his criminal defense.

Freeh produced a report on the Sandusky matter for Penn State in 2012 that was highly critical of Spanier. He had opposed the delay.

Spanier has filed paperwork initiating the lawsuit but not a complaint that details his claims.

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