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Spanier wants defamation lawsuit in state court

August 13, 2014
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State president Graham Spanier wants a federal judge to move hiss pending defamation lawsuit against Louis Freeh back to state court.

Freeh is the former FBI director the university hired to investigate the school's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal. Spanier's attorneys have filed notice that they intend to sue Freeh for defamation.

Freeh's attorneys last month got the case moved to federal court on the grounds that he's not a Pennsylvania resident, among other issues.

Now the Centre Daily Times ( ) is reporting that Spanier has filed a motion to return the case to Centre County Common Pleas Court.

Spanier has previously won the right to stay his lawsuit until he defends himself on criminal charges of covering up previous complaints about Sandusky before he was charged in November 2011 with molesting 10 boys.



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