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US judge denies Spanier bid to halt criminal case

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 25, 2014 4:06 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A federal judge says she won't order a halt to the criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who's accused of a criminal cover-up of complaints about Jerry Sandusky.

U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane today dismissed the legal action brought by Spanier against state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office is prosecuting him and two other former university administrators.

Kane's memorandum says her decision is based on a principle that requires federal courts to keep out of state prosecutions in all but the most extraordinary instances.

Spanier's lawyers had argued the case against him is undertaken in bad faith and without any hope of getting a valid conviction.

A spokesman for Kane and Spanier's lawyer Liz Ainslie both declined comment.

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