Former Penn State Pres. Files to Delay Civil Suit

The suit alleges defamation against investigator Louis Freeh

Graham Spanier, the former Penn State University president who is being tried for obstructing justice in the case of Jerry Sandusky, sought yesterday to delay his own case against investigator Louis Freeh. He argues that his criminal case would be prejudiced should the defamation case be resolved beforehand.

Ainslie argued that failure to grant a stay would “unnecessarily force multiple witnesses to choose between testifying in this action” or exercising their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, “thereby leading to an incomplete record and allowing the court to draw adverse inferences against Spanier.

Freeh’s investigation revealed that Spanier and senior Penn State officials had sought to obscure Sandusky’s misconduct. [Centre Daily Times]