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Former Penn State President Graham Spanier drops lawsuit over emails

Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier is no longer fighting for access to his old university emails dealing with convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky.

Court documents filed Wednesday show Spanier dropped a lawsuit that sought release of the emails, the Associated Press reported.


Spanier originally filed suit in May, wanting access to his university emails from 1998 to 2004 in order to prepare before speaking with investigators from the team led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was hired by the university's board of trustees, according the Centre Daily Times. But Penn State lawyers worried that giving Spanier access would compromise the investigation.

No reason was cited for Spanier's decision to drop lawsuit but the issue now appears moot because Freeh issued his report last week. 

Spanier's actions -- or lack thereof -- are out in the open now: He is not charged with any crime, according to the AP, although his leadership was criticized in the Freeh report. The 267-page report found that top university officials, including Spanier, could have prevented the sex abuse by Sandusky from continuing. The report found officials wanted to avoid bad publicity and concealed the allegations of abuse.

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The emails revealed in the Freeh investigation are quite damning: One of Spanier's emails to university administrators from 2001 said it would be "humane" to approach Sandusky rather than going to authorities, the Centre Daily Times reported, but he worried they could be vulnerable if they kept quiet.

Sandusky was convicted last month of abusing 10 boys over 15 years. He could face up to 373 years in prison.

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