Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Sealed documents filed in Spanier vs. Freeh case

Documents were filed Monday in the federal lawsuit brought by former Penn State president Graham Spanier against Louis Freeh.

However, records don’t show who filed the documents or what the contents are.

According to court records, a sealed document in the case was filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Monday.

No further information was available and the document was not visible.

Monday was the deadline for attorneys for both sides to file briefs of less than 10 pages addressing the jurisdictional challenges in the case.

U.S. Judge Malachy Mannion entered his order for the motions Nov. 4, in anticipation of a hearing scheduled for Friday in Scranton.

The jurisdiction issue has been dragging for months.

Spanier originally filed the suit in Centre County Court, but Freeh and his law firm, Freeh Sporkin and Sullivan, also a named party to the suit, petitioned to have it moved to federal court because Freeh is not a Pennsylvania resident and the law firm that bears his name had offices in Delaware, New York and Washington, D.C.

The sticking point for Spanier has been that, in 2012, FSS “joined” with Pepper Hamilton LLP, a large Philadelphia firm.

Spanier is suing for defamation after Freeh and his firm were commissioned by Penn State for a private, independent investigation of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Spanier has been charged with perjury and conspiracy, along with former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz, in Dauphin County.