Federal judge tosses Spanier conviction

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(AP)  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.
 

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