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Graham Spanier drops lawsuit against Penn State

Spanier and Sandusky attend the Second Mile Celebrity Golf Classic in State College Reuters

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was planning to sue his longtime employer over access to emails from 1998-2004 in preparation for Freeh investigators.

Following the release of the Freeh report last week, however, Spanier has dropped the suit because, well, the need to “refresh his recollection significantly” of events regarding an alleged cover-up for Jerry Sandusky seems pretty useless right about now.

The Centre Daily Times first reported Spanier’s decision this morning. No reason was given by Spanier for dropping the suit. He was expected to appear in court next month.

Spanier filed the civil suit back in May so that he could adequately prepare for questioning by Freeh investigators. But, the 267-page report features several appendices of, among other items, emails exchanged among high-ranking PSU officials dating back to the 1990s.

Though Spanier is one of a handful of individuals specifically targeted and criticized in the Freeh report, he does not face any criminal charges. Through his lawyers, Spanier has refuted that he “concealed” anything from law enforcement officials, an accusation made in Louis Freeh‘s press conference.

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14 Responses to “Graham Spanier drops lawsuit against Penn State”
  1. spreadthecheese says: Jul 18, 2012 2:57 PM

    Maybe now Spanier can sue Penn State for hiring him in the first place, arguing Penn State should never have hired someone as utterly incompetent as himself to be the president of a university, and that he should be waived of all culpability.

  2. kozbee says: Jul 18, 2012 3:01 PM

    Looking at the pic Graham and Jerry both have Happy Valley smiles.

  3. dkhhuey says: Jul 18, 2012 3:01 PM

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out! Either one of the three is going to crack, make a deal, and tell all, or they’re all going to just sit in silence to support The Penn State Way.

    My money is on the latter.

  4. stoutfiles says: Jul 18, 2012 3:11 PM

    “he does not face any criminal charges”


  5. herbiecane says: Jul 18, 2012 3:34 PM

    Why is the word “cover-up” still preceeded by “alleged”?

  6. Deb says: Jul 18, 2012 4:31 PM

    Before this is over, Paterno’s statue will come down, the university will be out millions, people other than Sandusky will go to jail. Those are givens. But it’s also likely the current Board of Trustees will be booted, the football team will be given the Death Penalty, some sort of government hearings will take place, and Spanier will find himself facing a criminal charge. Smart of his attorneys to advise dropping the lawsuit. He should start keeping a very, very low profile.

  7. billobrienschindimple says: Jul 18, 2012 4:40 PM


    I agree about Spanier. He is currently employed by the Department of Homeland Security. Not too low profile.

  8. kozbee says: Jul 18, 2012 4:43 PM

    There should be a Hall of Shame to put Joes statue in when it comes down.And pictures of the other low lifes that knew but turned their heads be hung on the walls.

  9. Deb says: Jul 18, 2012 6:12 PM

    @billobrienschindimple …

    Spanier is at Homeland Security? Oh dear! That doesn’t make me feel safe and secure.

  10. tonyricemajorharris says: Jul 18, 2012 6:59 PM

    Enjoy the big house- DB

  11. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Jul 18, 2012 8:15 PM

    Put this guy in general pop.

  12. infectorman says: Jul 18, 2012 8:37 PM

    Deb says: Jul 18, 2012 6:12 PM

    @billobrienschindimple …

    Spanier is at Homeland Security? Oh dear! That doesn’t make me feel safe and secure.

    Could you possibly be surprised that an “executive” as dysfunctional and corrupt as Spanier would be hired for a Government Job? Par for the course in the Abomination Nation

    Not surprised in the slightest

  13. charlescub80 says: Jul 19, 2012 9:37 AM

    Homeland security? If he work there we all need to watch our backs!!! If you can’t even protect children how can he protect a country?

  14. davereckon says: Jul 19, 2012 6:11 PM

    Homeland security was previously run by Tom Ridge, after his run as……….wait for it………..governor of PA. With the duel responsibility of chairman of the PSU BOT.

    The old boys network strikes again.

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