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Louis Freeh seeks ruling in Spanier defamation lawsuit

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 10, 2014 12:30 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Lawyers for former FBI Director Louis Freeh are asking a federal court to clarify rules governing a defamation lawsuit filed against him by former Penn State University president Graham Spanier.

Freeh lost a bid in a state appeals court last week to force Spanier to proceed with the lawsuit. He has asked a federal judge to nullify a one-year time limit to move the case to federal court.

Spanier filed the suit after Freeh led a team that produced a report for the university critical of how Spanier and other administrators handled the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

But Spanier got permission from a state judge to hold off on filing a full complaint while he defends himself against criminal charges in an alleged cover-up of accusations about Sandusky.

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