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Ex-Penn State president's suit against ex-FBI boss dismissed

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 20, 2017 3:35 PM
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(Bellefonte) -- Former FBI Director Louis Freeh says he's not surprised a judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against him by Penn State's former president.

Freeh called the lawsuit "frivolous and malicious" in a statement issued after the judge's ruling Wednesday.

Graham Spanier sued Freeh over a 2012 report he issued on Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

Senior Judge Robert Eby says lawyers for both sides agree Spanier's March child endangerment conviction bars Spanier from pursuing his civil claims.

Spanier faces two months in jail. He's free on bail while he appeals.

Spanier says he's confident he'll win his appeal. If the appeal is successful, he intends to resume his defamation case against Freeh.

Sandusky was convicted but maintains he's innocent.

An earlier story appears below. 

(Bellefonte) -- A defamation lawsuit filed by Penn State's former president against former FBI director Louis Freeh has been thrown out.

Graham Spanier sued Freeh over a 2012 report he issued on Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

Freeh's lawyers said the lawsuit should be dismissed, citing Spanier's March child endangerment conviction.

Senior Judge Robert Eby issued his ruling Wednesday. He says lawyers for both sides agree the conviction bars Spanier from pursuing his civil claims.

Freeh concluded in his report Spanier, two other administrators and late football coach Joe Paterno hushed up the allegations against Sandusky for fear of bad publicity. Spanier said the report harmed his reputation and income.

Spanier faces two months in jail. He's free on bail while he appeals.

Sandusky was convicted but maintains he's innocent.

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