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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.

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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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