Former Penn State President Graham Spanier wants a county judge to put his defamation case against former FBI Director Louis Freeh on hold pending Spanier's criminal trial in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
In papers filed Friday in Centre County Court in Bellefonte, Spanier's lawyers say moving forward on the civil case now would undercut it. They say people who are potential witnesses in both cases might assert their right against self-incrimination and refuse to testify if the still-unscheduled criminal trial is pending.
Spanier claims Freeh, who headed the university's internal investigation of the Sandusky case, falsely alleged that Spanier withheld critical facts from authorities.
Spanier is one of three former Penn State administrators charged in an alleged criminal cover-up of complaints about Sandusky.
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