Six months after being dismissed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, Penn State’s ex-president is taking his former long-time employer to court.
According to the Centre Daily Times, lawyers for Graham Spanier filed a civil lawsuit against Penn State late Friday seeking access to emails related to the school’s internal investigation of the Sandusky scandal. The lawsuit, filed in a Centre County (PA) court, claims that the emails “would refresh his recollection significantly and allow him to assist the university fully in its investigation,” the suit stated according to the paper.
Former FBI director Louis Freeh is heading the school’s independent probe into the scandal, and an attorney who’s part of the investigative team claims stated that the emails in question only recently surfaced. The school is refusing to turn the emails over, the suit claims.
Spanier was fired the same day as legendary head coach Joe Paterno last November 9, charged by the school’s board of trustees of, among other things, failing to inform them of the extent of the allegations against Sandusky, the alleged pedophile and former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator whose trial will commence early next month.
Incidentally, Freeh’s investigation is expected to be completed sometime in the fall — yes, right in the middle of the 2012 season. No specific month for a release of the report has been given.