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Penn State seeks to seal Paterno family discovery papers

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 8, 2014 7:55 AM
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In this Jan. 26, 2012 file photo, Jay Paterno, son of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, speaks during a memorial service for his father at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center

(Bellefonte) -- Penn State's attorneys want a judge to seal any documents they hand over to the estate of late football coach Joe Paterno, claiming his family plans to use them "to conduct a public relations campaign.'' 

Attorneys for the NCAA and the Paternos have also filed requests on how they'd like the documents to be handled by the court. The Penn State request, though filed last week, wasn't listed on the Centre County courts website until Monday. 

The Paternos have sued challenging NCAA sanctions against the school for its handling of child-sex abuse allegations against Paterno's former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky. He's in prison for molesting 10 boys. 

The family filing has argued that only documents deemed confidential by the court should be sealed. Penn State and the NCAA want all documents sealed.

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