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Letter to the editor: Defamation suit offers hope

Whoever said “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” knows nothing about grand jury presentments, the Freeh report or the media.

I am pleased that the defamation lawsuit brought by former Penn State president Graham Spanier against Louis Freeh has been initiated and that members of Penn State’s board of trustees have been included.

This was the same board that gave Spanier 100 percent approval ratings and multiple contract extensions.

Keith Masser made disparaging comments when he leaked the Freeh report, yet he apologized not to Spanier but to his “fellow trustees.”

The governance, conflict of interest and fiduciary problems with the board of trustees are epic.

Freeh came to inflammatory, unsubstantiated conclusions and stated them publicly at a press conference, and the Freeh report has been discredited by every independent analyst who reviewed it.

If Freeh can disparage anyone, what do you think the chances are for the rest of us if falsely accused?

You either believe in due process or you don’t, and a grand jury presentment is nothing more than an accusation. Qualified legal analysts have described former attorney general Linda Kelly’s effort as so bad that it constitutes “prosecutorial misconduct.”

These are my rights and your rights being trampled on, and Spanier’s lawsuit will be a direct hit on Freeh and select trustees.

Any legal vindication Spanier gets and the dismantling the Freeh report and the board of trustees will right a lot of wrongs for all of us.

Tom Owens

State College

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