Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Judge to allow Paternos, NCAA to file sealed documents in push for judgment

The long battle between the estate of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and the NCAA may be drawing to a close.

On Thursday, the two sides filed a joint motion asking Potter County Senior Judge John Leete to allow them to file motions for summary judgment, responses and replies under seal.

On Monday, Leete’s response — signed Friday — was stamped and posted by the Centre County Prothonotary’s Office, granting the request.

“The parties will file a redacted (public) version concurrent with the filing of the sealed copy of the above-referenced papers,” Paterno attorney Thomas Weber and NCAA counsel Thomas Scott wrote in their motion.

They claimed the documents will include a number of areas previously designated as “highly confidential” or “confidential,” in keeping with a 2014 order by Leete.

The estate claims that Paterno was defamed by the NCAA during the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Paterno was removed as head coach in November 2011, after the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General revealed the grand jury presentment recommending charges against Sandusky, who was then retired from his position as Nittany Lions defensive coordinator.

Paterno died two months later of lung cancer.

Leete also granted a separate request to amend the the schedule in the case.

According to the new order, all briefs and motions would be filed by June 30, with the last briefs in response or support filed by Aug. 28.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce