Spanier, facing cover-up charges, aims at governor

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 01, 2012
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier says he's not guilty of the cover-up charges he faces in the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal, and he is accusing the governor of trying to settle a personal score. Spanier's lawyers issued a statement Thursday responding to charges of perjury, obstruction and child endangerment. The attorneys say the charges are the result of Gov. Tom Corbett trying to divert attention from the three-year investigation into Sandusky that began when the governor was attorney general. His lawyers say facts don't support the charges, and claim Corbett is behind what they call a politically motivated frame-up. Spanier has been placed on paid leave by the university. Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley says Spanier's statement ''sounds like the ranting of a desperate man who just got indicted.''
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