PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Arguments Heard in Mike McQueary vs. Penn State Case

Attorneys representing Mike McQueary and Penn State convened at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte today to present their preliminary arguments before Judge Thomas Gavin.

As you may recall, McQueary is suing Penn State for a total of $4,000,000 on the grounds of “lost future earnings, general damages to be determined at trial for distress, anguish, humiliation and embarrassment, plus punitive damages…” The former assistant coach was not in attendance today.

The main topic of contention today was Graham Spanier’s statement from November of 2011, where he placed “complete confidence” in the way Gary Schultz and Tim Curley handled the allegations against Jerry Sandusky in 2001.

Nancy Conrad, Penn State’s attorney on the case, argued that there is no reference to McQueary in the statement.

“It does not target Mike McQueary and, as a result, you would have to pull something out of thin air,” she said.

However, McQueary’s attorney, Elliot Strokoff, asserted that Spanier’s statement is full of defamation, citing one line that reads “I am confident the record will show that these charges are groundless…”

“If these men were charged with something that is ‘groundless,’ that can only mean Mike McQueary was lying,” Strokoff said.

Interestingly enough, Judge Gavin seemed to be in McQueary’s corner for a majority of the 30-minute hearing. At one point, Conrad argued that McQueary is a “limited purpose public figure” (which would require Spanier to have acted with malice), because he was a former assisntant football coach at a nationally-known football program and testified to the Grand Jury.

Not having it, Gavin responded “So anyone that comes forward with information relating to a crime is a public figure? You have to be kidding me.”

No rulings were made today. Gavin told the attorneys that he’d get back to them in late April.

About the Author

Ryan Beckler

Ryan is a senior in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Marketing. He is a Lion Ambassador who loves giving tours to prospective students. His favorite activities include distributing news and consuming Chipotle.


More by Ryan

Kyle Chase Johnson Painted on Inspiration Mural

A week after 2012 Penn State graduate Kyle Chase Johnson tragically died while running the Pittsburgh half marathon, local muralist Michael Pilato painted his likeness on the Heister Street mural, a fitting tribute for a man who, by all accounts, was a quintessential Penn Stater.

Penn State and UCF Discussing 2014 Season Opener in Ireland

Senior Column: A Family Found


Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Sauve originally committed to Vermont in 2015, but flipped to Penn State at the eleventh hour and will join the Nittany Lions next season.

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Penn State Hockey Commit Evan Bell Wins Clark Cup With USHL’s Fargo Force

Student Life

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Penn State Names Guadagnino Vice President For Administration

Guadagnino will continue to provide legal advice as associate general counsel in addition to his duties as vice president.

As Disciplinary Hearing Opens, Expert Says Baldwin Failed To Properly Represent Ex-Penn State Administrators

A Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board hearing began on Tuesday in Pittsburgh for former Penn State general counsel Cynthia Baldwin, who is accused of violating rules of professional conduct in her representation of former university administrators during the Jerry Sandusky investigation.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend