Freeh Wants Dauphin County Judge To Hear Spanier Case
Louis Freeh wants a new judge to preside over Graham Spanier’s defamation case against him, according to court documents.
Attorneys representing Freeh and his law firm requested an outside judge in a court filing Thursday, specifically asking for Dauphin County President Judge Todd Hoover to hear the case. Hoover is currently presiding over Spanier’s criminal case in Dauphin County.
“Those proceedings are substantially related to the allegations that plaintiff proposes to assert herein,” the filing states.
Spanier filed the suit against Freeh last month claiming the former FBI Director defamed him “by accusing Spanier of failing to report suspected child abuse and endangering Sandusky’s child victims.” In the filing, Freeh’s attorneys contend, “the cases are therefore directly related and judicial efficiency and economy would be well-served by having President Judge Hoover preside over these proceedings.” Spanier was one of the four individuals singled out in Freeh’s report as having culpability for Jerry Sandusky’s crimes.
The filing cites the Paterno’s lawsuit against Penn State and the NCAA and Mike McQueary’s whistleblower suit’s use of outside judges.