Former Penn State president gets conviction tossed the day before he was to enter prison

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A shocking development is made in the child endangerment case against former Penn State President Graham Spanier. 

Spanier was scheduled to report to jail today, but a federal judge has now thrown out his conviction.

A US magistrate judge in Scranton issued the ruling late yesterday. The judge agreeing 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 was scheduled to begin serving a minimum sentence of two months early today.

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

The judge’s ruling gives state prosecutors three months to retry Spanier.

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