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Judge Throws Out Ex-Penn State President's Conviction

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

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    Judge Throws Out Ex-Penn State President's Conviction
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    In this June 2, 2017 file photo, former Penn State President Graham Spanier departs after his sentencing hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa. On Wednesday April, 10, 2019 court officials released an order from Judge John Boccabella that says Spanier, who has remained out on bail after his 2017 conviction for misdemeanor child endangerment, has three weeks to report to jail. He is to start serving a sentence imposed over his handling of a complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy.

    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.

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    The 70-year-old Spanier was forced out as president shortly after Sandusky’s 2011 arrest.