Judge puts in call for legal briefs from Spanier, Freeh

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier is heading toward a Nov. 14 hearing in his defamation suit against former FBI director Louis Freeh and law firm Freeh Sporkin and Sullivan LLP.

With that date less than two weeks away, U.S. District Court Judge Malachy Mannion ordered the parties to submit briefs on the jurisdiction issue by Nov. 10.

The case, originally filed in Centre County Court, was moved to federal court by Freeh’s attorneys, who claim it does not belong in a Pennsylvania courthouse because Freeh and his firm are located out of state.

Spanier maintains that Centre County is the place for the defamation and libel suit to be filed. Among the reasons is the merger of Freeh’ law firm with Philadelphia firm Pepper Hamilton LLP.