Court won't speed up Spanier lawsuit v. Freeh

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 30, 2014 3:45 PM

(Harrisburg) - A Pennsylvania appeals court is declining a request by former FBI director Louis Freeh to force Penn State's onetime president to proceed with a civil claim he initiated last year.  

Superior court on Monday said it did not have jurisdiction to reverse a county judge's decision allowing Graham Spanier to keep the matter on hold while his criminal case is still pending.  

Spanier's brief filing says he's planning to sue for defamation but he hasn't issued a written complaint laying out the allegations.  

Freeh's law firm produced a 2012 report that was critical of how Spanier and other top administrators handled the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.  

Spanier is awaiting trial on charges he and two other administrators engaged in a criminal cover-up of complaints about Sandusky.

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