Judge throws out ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier’s child-endangerment conviction

Judge throws out ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier’s child-endangerment conviction
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, also a former chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, collected several million dollars from the school in the years immediately after his ousting as president in 2011. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal judge has thrown out former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s child-endangerment conviction, less than a day before he was due to turn himself in to jail.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick in Scranton, Pennsylvania, issued a decision late Tuesday that gave state prosecutors three months to retry Spanier.

She agreed with Spanier’s argument he was improperly charged under a 2007 law for actions that occurred in 2001, when he was responding to a complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy on campus.

Spanier had been due to report to jail early Wednesday to begin serving a minimum sentence of two months.

The 70-year-old Spanier was forced out as president shortly after Sandusky’s 2011 arrest. Spanier served as chancellor of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1991-96.

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