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Friday, June 28, 2013

Leete to Hear Paterno Family Case

Senior Judge John Leete of Potter County will preside over the suit against the NCAA filed by the family of the late Joe Paterno.

The lawsuit filed by the family, several Penn State trustees, former players and others argues that the NCAA bypassed its own rules in taking action against the university. The penalties include a four-year postseason ban and a $60 million fine.

The penalties were in response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence after being convicted last summer of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He denies the allegations and is pursuing appeals.

Leete was assigned after Centre County’s president judge requested that an out-of-county judge hear the case.

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