HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge says former Penn State president Graham Spanier’s defamation suit against former FBI director Louis Freeh must start with a local judge.
U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion on Wednesday ordered the case back to Centre County. He says he can’t determine whether federal court is the proper jurisdiction before an actual complaint is filed.READ MORE: Driver Of Car That Hit Pennsauken School Bus Was Under The Influence Of Drugs, Police Say
Spanier’s attorneys last year filed notice in Centre County court that they intend to sue Freeh. Spanier previously won the right to postpone a lawsuit until he defends himself on criminal charges in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Freeh criticized Spanier’s handling of the scandal in a report commissioned by the university.READ MORE: Southwark School In South Philadelphia Becomes 5th School Closed Due To COVID Outbreak
In July, Freeh’s attorneys got the case moved to federal court, in part because he’s not a Pennsylvania resident.
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