Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Penn State receives copy of Graham Spanier lawsuit

Penn State has received a copy of the lawsuit Graham Spanier filed attempting to force the university to turn over old emails he says he needs to help him answer questions about the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Spanier, the president of the university ousted in the wake of the scandal, said he needs copies of the emails before meeting with investigators from the Freeh Group.

University trustees hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate how the university responded to the Jerry Sandusky allegations and whether anyone mishandled it.

“Penn State has received the suit,” spokesman David La Torre said in a statement.

“While we continue to believe Dr. Spanier should meet with the Freeh Group, as hundreds of university employees have, we will not comment on the specifics of the suit.”

The Freeh investigators are interviewing hundreds of people. A report is expected as early as the fall semester.

Spanier’s suit says the emails would “refresh his recollection significantly and allow him to assist the university fully in its investigation.”

The emails in question, from years ago, were apparently thought to be gone, but have resurfaced. A university attorney told Spanier’s attorneys that Penn State received direction from the state attorney general not to release the emails to him, because doing so could compromise that department’s ongoing investigations.

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