Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Louis Freeh granted outside judge in Graham Spanier lawsuit

Another out-of-town judge will be coming in to Centre County.

On Monday, President Judge Thomas King Kistler granted a motion from Louis Freeh and his law firm to bring in an outside jurist to preside over former Penn State president Graham Spanier’s lawsuit.

Spanier is suing Freeh, claiming defamation in the conclusions that Freeh announced in his 2012 report on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Freeh specifically named Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley, former vice president Gary Schultz and late longtime football coach Joe Paterno as having culpability in hiding Sandusky’s crimes.

Spanier, Curley and Schultz have had criminal charges for perjury connected to Sandusky’s case languishing in Dauphin County court for years.

In April, Freeh requested an out-of-county judge, specifically requesting Judge Todd Hoover, who was presiding over the three men’s criminal case, but the same day, Hoover announced that he was taking a leave of absence.

On April 29, Judge Jonathan D. Grine, the Centre County judge who had been attached to Spanier’s case since the first filing in 2013, recused himself from the case.

In granting the motion, Kistler said that an out-of-county judge would be appointed by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

Outside judges have been appointed for other Sandusky-related cases, including the dissolution of Second Mile assets, the Paterno estate’s case against the NCAA and Penn State and the whistleblower case of Mike McQueary versus the university.