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« Reply #3200 on: March 19, 2014, 04:00:47 PM »

http://www.centredaily.com/2014/03/19/4092323/louis-freeh-shot-down-on-attempt.html
Judge refuses Louis Freeh attempt to restart Graham Spanier defamation suit
March 19, 2014
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« Reply #3201 on: March 19, 2014, 04:02:09 PM »

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/judge-denies-emergency-motion-to-reconsider-delaying-spaniers-lawsuit-against-freeh,1458367/
Judge Denies Emergency Motion to Reconsider Delaying Spanier's Lawsuit Against Freeh
March 19, 2014
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« Reply #3202 on: March 20, 2014, 09:37:53 PM »

http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/opinion-dottie-sandusky-was-also-groomed/article_30dfda2c-aeaa-11e3-8990-0017a43b2370.html
Opinion: Dottie Sandusky was also groomed
March 18, 2014
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« Reply #3203 on: March 20, 2014, 09:39:37 PM »

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2014/03/20/PSU-investigators-sought-mass-of-email/stories/201403200199
Penn State investigators sought mass of email
Documents offer new window into Sandusky case

March 19, 2014

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« Reply #3204 on: March 20, 2014, 09:41:38 PM »

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140320_Sandusky_prosecutor___quot_Quite_a_number_of_people_quot__at_Penn_State_may_have_known.html
Prosecutor: More Penn State officials knew for years about Sandusky abuse
Posted March 19, 2014, Last updated March 20, 2014

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« Reply #3205 on: March 20, 2014, 09:43:09 PM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/03/victim_6_in_sandusky_case_orde.html
Victim 6 gets order requiring Penn State to share what Freeh investigators learned about Jerry Sandusky
March 19, 2014
By Charles Thompson

In what is believed to be a first, Penn State has been ordered to identify a limited number of people who were interviewed in its internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

The disclosure, ordered in one of the remaining civil cases lodged against the university, requires Penn State to disclose names of anyone who told former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s investigative team that they either saw or had information about Sandusky showering with minors from 1990 through 1998.

The disclosure would be to the attorneys for so-called Victim 6, the boy whose mother called Penn State police after learning that Sandusky had showered with her son following a 1998 get-together at campus facilities.

Victim 6 – who did testify in Sandusky’s criminal trial – is one of a handful of Sandusky's self-proclaimed victims who did not strike a negotiated settlement with the university last year.
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« Reply #3206 on: March 28, 2014, 04:51:55 PM »

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/jay-paterno-withdraws-from-lt-gov-race-after-petitions-challenged,1458550/
Jay Paterno Withdraws from Lt. Gov. Race After Petitions Challenged
March 28, 2014

Jay Paterno, son of the late Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, announced Friday he is withdrawing from the race for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor.
Paterno sent an email to supporters Friday announcing he intends to withdraw from the race. Around the same time, he issued this Tweet:
"There are times in life when personal ambitions should give way for the good of the whole."
Last week, an attorney representing Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski filed papers with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania asking to have Paterno knocked off the ballot. Koplinski is Paterno's political rival and is one of the six Democrats running for lieutenant governor.
Paterno told supporters Friday, "As you may be aware there has been a legal challenge brought to remove me from the ballot based on challenging our petitions. We could fight this on Monday in court. Regardless of that outcome there are other potential avenues that could drag out over time, remaining a distraction throughout the primary. That would benefit no one so I have decided to step away."
In a prepared statement for the news media, Paterno says he does not want an ongoing legal battle to distract from the race.
"While I have always believed that you fight for what is right, there are times in life when personal ambitions should give way for the good of the whole. To that end, I'm stepping away," he says.
The primary election is May 20.
Attorney Larry Otter tells StateCollege.com that many of the petition signatures the Paterno campaign gathered to get on the ballot are invalid. Candidates must submit a minimum of 1,000 signatures. At least 100 signatures must come from each of five different counties.
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« Reply #3207 on: March 31, 2014, 09:01:25 PM »

Spanier sues prosecutors, seeks dismissal of case
3/31/14

Former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier is again asking a judge to dismiss charges against him regarding the alleged cover-up stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case, this time alleging misconduct by the prosecutor in the case.
 
In a lawsuit filed Monday against Attorney General Kathleen Kane in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Spanier accuses former deputy Attorney General Frank Fina of violating his civil rights and acting in "bad faith" by bringing charges based on testimony from attorney Cynthia Baldwin, who was representing Spanier at the start of the investigation.
 
Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley were charged in 2012 with conspiring to cover up reports that former assistant football coach Sandusky was molesting children. They are awaiting trial in Dauphin County Court.
 
Fina, who prosecuted Sandusky and filed the charges against the three administrators, also headed the now-controversial corruption investigation into Philadelphia legislators that Kane shut down in 2013. Kane has said the probe, which involved at least four lawmakers caught accepting money or gifts, was flawed, badly managed and tainted by racism. Fina has denied any wrongdoing.
 

Fina, who now works in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, is also expected to figure in a pending review by Kane's office into the attorney general's handling of the Sandusky investigation. Kane's office has not said when it expects the report will be complete.
 
Baldwin, the former general counsel for Penn State, has emerged as a central figure in the prosecution's case against Spanier. When the president was asked to come before a grand jury investigating Sandusky, he believed she was representing him, and she was present during his testimony.
 
In a closed-door meeting in the supervising judge's chambers before Spanier testified in 2011, Baldwin told Fina she represented "solely" Penn State. When Spanier testified moments later, he identified Baldwin as his attorney.
 
"Fina said nothing to correct Spanier's statement and thereby to alert Spanier to the fact that Baldwin was not serving as his lawyer," the suit says. "Fina thus deliberately obtained uncounselled testimony from Spanier. The perjury charge that Fina based on that testimony is thus based on Fina's deception, both of Spanier and of the supervising grand jury judge, and on Fina's blatant violation of Spanier's attorney-client privilege."
 
By October 2012, the suit alleges, Baldwin herself had become a target of an investigation into a potential coverup of Sandusky's assaults by Penn State administrators, and she agreed to cooperate.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20140401_Spanier_files_misconduct_lawsuit_against_Pa__attorney_general_s_office.html#LOgz6orcZuYl10pf.99

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« Reply #3208 on: April 01, 2014, 04:53:30 PM »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/01/penn-state-cover-up-case_n_5068904.html
Graham Spanier, Former Penn State President, Wants To Halt Sex Abuse Cover-Up Case
April 1, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State president Graham Spanier filed a federal lawsuit Monday that seeks to put an end to his state court prosecution for an alleged criminal cover-up of child sex abuse complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Spanier's lawyers filed a complaint in federal court in Harrisburg that said his case was undertaken in bad faith and that it violates his constitutional right to due process of law.
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« Reply #3209 on: April 03, 2014, 08:58:13 AM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/04/pennsylvania_supreme_court_dec.html
Pa. Supreme Court decision against Jerry Sandusky closes book on 2012 trial issues
Posted On April 2, 2014, Updated April 3, 2014
By Charles Thompson

Jerry Sandusky’s quest to reclaim his pre-conviction life got a lot harder with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s refusal Wednesday to take his case on appeal.

But the world probably hasn’t heard the last of him.

For while the court’s latest order effectively shuts the door on the 2012 criminal trial that led to the former Penn State football icon’s conviction on 45 counts of sexually abusing a series of boys, Sandusky does have other appellate routes open.

The bigger question, defense attorneys agreed Wednesday, is will he ever have the facts to leverage them.

For example, Pennsylvania’s Post-Conviction Relief Act gives all criminal convicts a window to revive their cases if they can show a court they’ve come up with game-changing evidence that wasn’t available at trial.

But in Sandusky’s case - a historical prosecution that was never built on physical evidence in the first place - there is no trove of DNA-based evidence that is going to clear him.

And the conspiracy theory that Sandusky’s victims concocted a story because they saw a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Good luck developing that now that 26 defendants have struck civil settlements - and confidentiality agreements - with Penn State.

The point, said defense attorney William Costopoulos, who famously helped reverse the homicide conviction of one-time high school principal Jay Smith in the 1990s, is that “the mountain is very steep at this hour.”

Many believe Sandusky will likely continue the climb.

First and foremost, he still, publicly at least, has maintained his innocence of any crimes.

Unlike many state prison inmates, he is not destitute. And if he is successful in keeping his $60,000-a-year pension, the Sandusky family would likely have the funds to pursue a legal defense for many years to come.

He also has at least one ally, self-styled documentary film-maker John Ziegler, who has taken a keen personal interest in the Sandusky case and has vowed to keep exploring it.

In an e-mail Wednesday, Ziegler called the court’s decision “absurd” but expected given the political environment surrounding the case and the weight of public condemnation of Sandusky.

But Ziegler said he will soldier on.

“I am more convinced than ever that a massive injustice has been done to nearly everyone in this case and that it’s not even that close a call,” he wrote.

To others, Wednesday’s decision felt just right.

“I am happy to see the Supreme Court in Pennsylvania uphold this verdict,” said Christopher Anderson, executive director of Male Survivor, a support and advocacy group for child sex abuse victims.

“Sandusky was afforded all the due process rights he should have been, his attorneys had ample time to prepare, and he chose in the end to not speak in his own defense. The jury came quickly to a unanimous and proper decision.”

What’s next in the case?

That was immediately unknowable Wednesday because Sandusky’s attorney, Norris Gelman was not available for comment.

But here’s a quick look at some of the options.
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« Reply #3210 on: April 03, 2014, 09:02:29 AM »

http://www.centredaily.com/2014/04/02/4116384/state-supreme-court-rejects-sandusky.html
State Supreme Court won’t hear Sandusky conviction appeal
April 2, 2014

Jerry Sandusky won’t get to argue before the state’s highest court that his conviction for sexually abusing children should be reversed.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday not to consider an appeal from the founder of The Second Mile and a former Penn State assistant football coach. The justices didn’t provide a reason in the short, one-sentence order.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 for molesting 10 young boys, and is serving a 30-year minimum sentence in solitary confinement at a state prison in Greene County.

His defense attorney, Norris Gelman, could not immediately be reached for comment. It wasn’t clear whether Sandusky, 70, who maintains his innocence, will pursue other avenues for appeal after the rejection Wednesday.
 

Gelman took the case to the Supreme Court after the state Superior Court upheld Sandusky’s conviction.

At the time, the defense argued that Sandusky’s trial attorneys were rushed and couldn’t properly prepare, and that Judge John Cleland was wrong on several matters during the proceedings.

In the appeal, Gelman referenced instructions Cleland issued to the jurors, saying the judge should have told them they could consider that the young men who testified against Sandusky did not make a prompt report that they were abused. Gelman also said the judge erred when he told the jurors to consider Sandusky’s character with the evidence the prosecution had presented.

The state Attorney General’s Office argued that Sandusky’s lawyer didn’t show any “special and important reasons” the state’s highest court should consider the appeal.

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« Reply #3211 on: April 19, 2014, 06:04:44 PM »

http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/all-news/id=1202651517335/Paterno%20Estate%20Fires%20Back%20at%20NCAAs%20Preliminary%20Objections?mcode=1202618465291&curindex=2&slreturn=20140319174848
Paterno Estate Fires Back at NCAA's Preliminary Objections
April 18, 2014

The family of Joe Paterno is using a decision issued last week in the Commonwealth Court as support for its case fighting the $60 million sanction the NCAA imposed on Penn State University.
The plaintiffs in Paterno v. National Collegiate Athletic Association opened their strongly-worded memorandum opposing the NCAA's preliminary objections with a two-paragraph quote from Judge Anne E. Covey's opinion issued last week in Corman v. NCAA, which called into question the validity of the same $60 million penalty at issue in the Paterno suit.
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« Reply #3212 on: April 19, 2014, 06:06:03 PM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/04/paterno_estate_not_shutting_ou.html
Paterno estate not shutting out possibility of seeking relief from Penn State in NCAA lawsuit
April 18, 2014

The estate of the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno and a number of co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NCAA apparently aren’t shutting out the possibility of seeking relief from Penn State, too.

Penn State is currently named in the case as a nominal defendant -- meaning the plaintiffs aren’t seeking relief from Penn State for damages they say the NCAA caused -- and plaintiffs have said they view Penn State as only a "victim." However, that status could change should the plaintiff’s attorneys find through discovery that the university was “complicit” with the NCAA’s “unlawful” actions.

According to a footnote in paperwork filed by the Paterno family in Centre County on Wednesday, “if discovery reveals that Penn State is complicit in the NCAA defendants’ unlawful conduct against plaintiffs, rather than a victim, plaintiffs reserve their rights to amend their complaint further, if appropriate.”

When asked Thursday if there is a possibility the family could seek relief from Penn State, Wick Sollers, the Paterno family’s longtime attorney, said “we’re not foreclosing any possibilities.”
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« Reply #3213 on: April 19, 2014, 06:07:19 PM »

http://www.centredaily.com/2014/04/17/4139342/paterno-family-lawyers-ncaa-has.html
Paterno family lawyers: NCAA has Penn State ‘under their thumb’
April 17, 2014

The NCAA is asking for a “do-over” while avoiding more pressing issues in the lawsuit brought against them by the family of longtime coach Joe Paterno, the family’s lawyers said in court papers filed this week.

The legal memo was in response to written objections in March filed by both the NCAA and Penn State. The Paterno lawyers said the NCAA is trying to re-litigate matters that have already been decided in their favor.

The Paterno family and its co-plaintiffs, who are seeking to have the sanctions overturned and the consent decree that authorized them voided, said the NCAA should have limited its arguments to new issues raised earlier this year after a judge ruled Penn State must be a party for certain parts of the case to proceed.

In the filing Wednesday, lawyers said the NCAA’s “principal strategy has been to invent as many objections as possible in an attempt to prevent this litigation from going forward, avoid the merits, and ensure that the real facts never see the light of day.”

The Paterno family attorneys wrote they were not surprised Penn State has joined the NCAA in objecting to the suit. Attorneys said the NCAA is “pointing a gun directly in Penn State’s direction” by threatening to impose further sanctions if the university doesn’t cooperate.
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« Reply #3214 on: April 19, 2014, 06:09:36 PM »

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/two-films-attempt-to-restore-image-of-penn-state-joe-paterno,1458839/
Two Films Attempt to Restore Image of Penn State, Joe Paterno
April 18, 2014

In response to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal that received international attention and led to the firing of Penn State's president and football coach – filmmakers continue to create works to take attention away from the scandal.
 
"Dear Old State" highlights the "tradition, spirit and community that makes Penn State an experience like no other," according to its film crew. The film includes interviews with several students who talk about their experiences at the university.
Co-directed by Griffin Boustany says ultimately the goal is to highlight Penn State's academic and social atmosphere as described by local students.
 
Co-director Ryan Blaschak says the film is not only for the Penn State community, but a world audience.
"We realize everyone is sick about hearing about the Sandusky scandal and the community in a negative light," says Blaschak. "Our film isn't the typical negative story people have been hearing. Instead, we're looking at the best that Penn State and Happy Valley has to offer."
Below, you can view the trailer to this film.
Meanwhile, the producers of "365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley" and "The Joe We Know" are releasing another film on DVD in November.
Filmmakers say "The People's Joe: A Tribute in Film and Form" is the story of Joe Paterno told by those who knew him well and those who knew him only by name, "JoePa."
Centered around a family kitchen table, which filmmakers say is a "symbol of stability in the otherwise busy and ever-changing world of a college football coach," the film will feature several narratives, including stories of independent groups who have been working on Paterno tributes since his death in 2012.
Filmmakers have started a Kickstarter initiative to fund the project.
The DVD film will be released Nov. 9 – the same date Penn State fired Paterno – with a portion of sales going to support the "Reflections" statue campaign, which is a response to Penn State removing Paterno's statue from campus in the wake of the Sandusky scandal.
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« Reply #3215 on: April 19, 2014, 06:10:38 PM »

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/score-hears-back-valley-article-1.1762008
New documentary looks at how Jerry Sandusky's child sex scandal at Penn State rocked the identity of 'Happy Valley'
While condemning Sandusky, citizens and students in State College can’t grasp a world in which the legacy of legendary football coach Joe Paterno is stained.
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« Reply #3216 on: April 26, 2014, 06:51:10 PM »

http://www.ny1.com/content/lifestyles/parenting/207478/victim-in-sandusky-case-determined-to-shed-light-on-issue-of-child-sexual-abuse
Victim in Sandusky Case Determined to Shed Light on Issue of Child Sexual Abuse
April 24, 2014

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and "victim #1" in a child sexual abuse case that made global headlines just two years ago was one involving former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. NY1's Shelley Goldberg sat down with "victim #1" in the case against Sandusky and filed the following report.

Aaron Fisher, "victim #1" in the sexual abuse case against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, is determined to shine a light on the issue of child sexual abuse.

"You know, this is kind of one of those things where you can no longer look away from it," Fisher says.

Fisher, with the help of his psychologist, Mike Gillum, and his mom, tells his story in the book "Silent No More."

"It was very helpful to me, very therapeutic to me to get it out there, to get people to see that this is actually happening and it's happening in numbers, and not only numbers, but it's happening with people who are well-known," Fisher says. "For instance, Jerry Sandusky being this big-time football coach, and he ends up sexually abusing several, several, several children."

According to Gillum, the number of victims of child sexual abuse is staggering.

"There are about 30 percent of the population is sexually abused by the time they're 18 years old," Gillum says.
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« Reply #3217 on: May 09, 2014, 01:07:36 PM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/04/state_pension_system_submits_a.html
Pennsylvania state employees' pension system submits arguments for forfeiture of Jerry Sandusky's pension
April 29, 2014

Arguing Jerry Sandusky was a contracted employee getting regular compensation in the form of football tickets, office space and access to athletic facilities at the time he sexually abused two of his last victims, the State Employees Retirement System filed its last legal pleadings Tuesday in support of a forfeiture of Sandusky’s pension.


To have success in imposing this final punishment on the 70-year-old Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, SERS must show Sandusky was an active school employee after sex crimes against students were added to the forfeiture list in 2004.

Sandusky retired from his position as Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno’s defensive coordinator after the 1999 season.

His lawyers have maintained the agreement governing his ongoing affiliation with the university was a glorified retirement package, reached after Sandusky had failed to reach agreement with Penn State on continued employment.

He worked after 1999, they noted, primarily as an employee of his youth charity, the Second Mile, with some self-employment on the side as the operator of youth football camps.

Because he had been retired as a public employee after 1999, the family asserts, Sandusky’s pension cannot be affected by his 2011 arrest and subsequent conviction for the serial sexual abuse of boys.

SERS has taken a hard line on the case, however, and stopped payment of Sandusky’s $4,908-per-month payment after his sentencing in October 2012.

The retirement system’s case is built almost entirely on 1999 separation negotiations between Sandusky and then-Athletic Director Tim Curley, begun after Paterno informed Sandusky he wouldn’t succeed him as Penn State’s head coach.

In Curley’s final letter, Sandusky and the athletic department agreed “to work collaboratively… in community outreach programs… which provide positive visibility to the university’s intercollegiate athletics program.

“This brand promotion was part of Penn State’s regular business,” SERS contends in its filings, and as part of that work, SERS has found, Sandusky:

•   Worked annually on the football trading cards distributed to youth throughout Central Pennsylvania by the Second Mile.

•   Was provided access to the Nittany Lion Club suite at Beaver Stadium to mix and mingle with donors.

•   Received university support for the Second Mile’s annual golf tournaments.

Sandusky’s lawyers note that the once-beloved coach never received a regular paycheck from Penn State in all of that time; a legal requirement in the definition of “school employee.”

But SERS, while conceding this is a case “unlikely to ever be repeated before this board,” noted that Sandusky did in fact receive ongoing compensation in the form of the office, tickets and free use of recreational facilities.

“To be sure, “ the system argued Tuesday, “the agreement was not an ordinary contract or employment arrangement. But, from the Penn State perspective, Sandusky was not an ordinary man.”

The June 30, 1999 agreement with Curley could be construed as a “new employment relationship” between the former coach and the university, SERS maintains, and one that continued through at least 2009.

If that’s the case, the system continues, pension forfeiture is required because Sandusky sexually abused at least two boys after the Legislature’s 2004 addition of sex crimes to the list of trigger crimes.

What’s more, SERS argues, it was specifically Sandusky’s ongoing relationship with Penn State that left Sandusky in the position to meet and groom his potential victims.
 
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« Reply #3218 on: May 09, 2014, 01:08:48 PM »

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/02/6374143/pa-state-pension-system-defends.html
Pa. state pension system defends seizure of Jerry Sandusky benefits
May 2, 2014

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« Reply #3219 on: May 11, 2014, 04:48:51 PM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/05/graham_spanier_and_penn_state.html
Ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier fights AG's bid to kill plea for federal intervention in Sandusky cover-up case
May 7, 2014



Saying he is the target of "much more than garden variety prosecutorial misconduct," ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier is asking a U.S. judge to keep alive his plea for federal intervention in his criminal case relating to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Spanier filed that plea in U.S. Middle District Court in late March, claiming his civil rights are being violated by his prosecution on perjury, obstruction of justice and other charges in Dauphin County Court.

The state Attorney General's Office claims Spanier and top aides Tim Curley and Gary Schultz broke the law by not reporting a 2001 child-sex accusation against Sandusky to authorities and that they later lied to state investigators.

In requesting federal intervention, Spanier argues that state investigators filed the criminal charges against him in bad faith, violated his right to legal counsel and are pursuing the case "without a reasonable expectation of obtaining a valid conviction."

Attorney General Kathleen Kane, meanwhile, is asking U.S. Judge Yvette Kane to toss out Spanier's request for the federal court to step in.

The attorney general claimed in her dismissal motion filed last month that the Spanier case does not provide justification for federal involvement in what is and should remain a matter for Pennsylvania's courts.

The county court is fully able to deal with Spanier's contentions that his rights were violated and that his prosecution is not legally justified, she contended. In fact, she added, Dauphin County President Judge Todd A. Hoover is addressing those very issues.

Spanier "will receive all of the due process he is due in the pending state criminal proceeding," the attorney general wrote.

But in a reply filed this week to the attorney general's dismissal motion, Spanier renewed his call for Judge Kane to send in the federal cavalry. His rights "will continue to be violated" unless the criminal case is thrown out, his attorney Elizabeth K. Ainslie argued.

Ainslie is claiming that Spanier was improperly left to testify before a state grand jury in April 2011 under the mistaken impression that he was represented by Cynthia Baldwin, who was then Penn State's general counsel.

However, Baldwin told the prosecutor, Frank Fina, right before Spanier was called to testify before the grand jury that she was only representing the university. Yet no one told Spanier, leaving him under the mistaken assumption that he had legal representation, Ainslie contends. She claims that omission was part of Fina's alleged "bad faith pursuit of charges against Dr. Spanier at any cost."

In fighting the attorney general's plea to dismiss Spanier's request for U.S. court intervention, Ainslie argues that only federal action can cure the legal wrongs her client has allegedly suffered.
 
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