A hearing to rule on the motion filed by Penn State in the former assistant football coach Mike McQueary’s civil suit will be held today.
The motion to postpone proceedings was filed by the university on Oct. 22. According to court documents, attorneys for Penn State said that if the court allowed the hearing to continue during the same time that other current and former Penn State employees’ criminal proceedings in relation to the former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s grand jury investigation were underway, the university’s case would be at a disadvantage.
Elliot Strokoff, an attorney representing McQueary argued, according to court documents, that granting the motion could mean it could take years to hear McQueary’s case.
According to court documents, McQueary filed his whistleblower suit against the university on Oct. 2.
University spokesman David La Torre wrote in an email that the university would not comment on a legal proceeding.
Trials for former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz in relation to testimony given by McQueary during investigations surrounding Sandusky are set to begin in January. Those trial dates are likely to be pushed back, as their preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 13.
Both were arraigned Nov. 2 and released on $50,000 unsecured bail.
The two are charged with perjury and failure to report suspected abuse, endangering the welfare of children, obstruction of justice, as well as conspiracy to commit the crimes they are charged with.
As of Nov. 1, Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly announced that former Penn State President Graham Spanier would also be charged with crimes in relation to investigations regarding Sandusky.
Spanier has been charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children and was released on $125,000 unsecured bail following his arraignment.
The hearing was scheduled for Oct. 30, originally, but it was postponed due to weather, Teri Henning, President of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, wrote in an email, as previously reported.