Graham Spanier’s Attorney Blasts Freeh Report

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Attorney for former Penn State President Graham Spanier, Tim Lewis, took the podium this morning and blasted Judge Louis Freeh and his investigation, calling the Freeh report “a myth.”

Before even introducing himself, Lewis said that the Freeh report is “laced with bias” and “unworthy of the confidence that has been placed in it.” Although Spanier was not present this morning in Philadelphia, Lewis did not hold back with his criticisms of Judge Freeh’s work.

“Judge Freeh has failed here,” Lewis said. “There is nothing…NOTHING complete about the Freeh report. Nor am I aware of any court in the land that would accept such outrageous conclusions.”

The entire press conference lasted just over a half hour, with Lewis repeatedly attacking Judge Freeh’s credibility, especially his assessment of Spanier’s involvement in the alleged coverup. “This report claims that Spanier engaged in a conspiracy to conceal information…if anyone has committed any concealment, it is Judge Freeh,” Lewis said.

“This can only be seen a cynical attempt by a biased investigator (Freeh)…in order to support his version of the truth. And it is sad,” Lewis said. “Penn State University deserved better, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania deserved better, and the victims of Sandusky’s heinous crimes deserved far better.”

It’s not hard to see why Spanier would be displeased with Freeh’s findings. The report claims that Spanier was part of the group that ”failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade.”

Spanier’s attorney said that he was “never aware” that anything sexual had occurred in either the 1998 or 2001 incidents, and that his client received “200-300 emails a day” so he didn’t have to time to investigate them all (Spanier was cc’ed on two emails in 1998 updating him Sandusky’s investigation by University police.)

“We hope that you will continue to examine carefully and critically the manner in which this investigation was conducted,” Lewis concluded.

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Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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