Judge changes hearing date, Penn State protests request in Paterno lawsuit

A change requested for arguments in an upcoming court case was granted Monday.

Centre County Judge Pamela Ruest signed an order on behalf of Judge John Leete. The Potter County senior judge is presiding over the Paterno estate’s lawsuit against the NCAA and Penn State.

Last week, the NCAA requested a change in date for a planned Jan. 5 hearing due to the Jan. 6 start date of the Commonwealth Court trial that pits the NCAA and Penn State against state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord.

Monday’s order changes the date of that hearing to Feb. 6.

However, the Commonwealth Court hearing that precipitated the change has also been rescheduled. Judge Anne Covey moved the date Friday after deciding that more documents in that case needed a closed-door review. The new date in that trial is Feb. 17.

Penn State file a response opposing the estate’s request to lift a protective order in the case. The order prevents the parties from revealing information found in discovery. The Paternos have opposed this because of information that has been revealed from emails uncovered in other cases at the state and federal level involving the NCAA which have suggested the college sports organization bluffed the university into accepting punishment in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

“The recent disclosures do not support or justify” the request, Penn State attorney Jack Cobetto, of Reed Smith LLP of Pittsburgh, wrote in his filing, saying further release of information could lead to “possible jury taint.”