Spanier and Freeh Attorneys Face Off in Court

By Mallory Lane

Published 01/07 2014 05:49PM

Updated 01/07 2014 06:19PM

BELLEFONTE, CENTRE COUNTY - Dr. Graham Spanier is back in court Tuesday to argue his defamation case against former FBI director Louis Freeh and his law firm.

A Centre County judge will determine whether or not to grant the former Penn State president more time and delay proceedings in his defamation case versus Freeh.

Spanier is asking the judge to put the case on hold while he defends himself against criminal charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Freeh's attorney, Robert Heim, says the court should not delay the hearing and wants Spanier to file a formal complaint and give specific defamation allegations, instead of only filing an intent to sue.

Spanier's attorney, Elizabeth Ainslie, says about a month after the Freeh report came out, she filed a 16 page critique about it, which contains the basis for those allegations.

Ainslie argues that moving this case forward now would be a burden for Dr. Spanier, as it would play out alongside the criminal trial. She also says several witnesses who would testify in the civil case would also testify in the criminal case. She says if the civil case moves forward first, they may not testify.

The judge did not make a decision Tuesday, instead saying he will consider both arguments and make a decision at a later date.

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