US judge denies Spanier bid to halt criminal case

Penn State

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A federal judge says she won’t order a halt to the criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who’s accused of a criminal cover-up of child sex abuse complaints against Jerry Sandusky.

U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane on Friday dismissed the legal action brought by Spanier against state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office is prosecuting him and two other former university administrators.

Judge Kane’s memorandum says her decision is based on a principle that requires federal courts to keep out of state prosecutions in all but the most extraordinary instances.

Spanier’s lawyers had argued the case against him is undertaken in bad faith and without any hope of getting a valid conviction.

A spokesman for the attorney general and Spanier’s lawyer both declined comment.

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