Penn State is seeking to have the verdict of Mike McQuery’s defamation lawsuit revisited. McQuery, a former assistant at Penn State, was award $12 million for what was deemed as unfair treatment following the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
Penn State is hoping to have the multi-million dollar settlement reduced, revisited or reversed.
Attorney’s representing the university feel that Judge Gavin Thomas held a bias in favor of McQuery and advocated for him to the jury during the trial.
In a prepared statement that was dated this past Monday, Penn State’s lawyers argued:
“Multiple instances exist where the court acted as an advocate on behalf of McQueary”.
“The court’s instruction was akin to taking the case out of the jury’s hands and directing a verdict in favor of McQueary”.
Locked into litigation for the foreseeable future, Penn State has already spent the upwards of $250 million in Sandusky scandal related expenses. Having reached a number of settlements, as well as lawyers fees and NCAA imposed fines, the expenditures don’t appear as if they’ll be slowing down anytime soon.
Sandusky is currently serving a sentence of 30 to 60 years for 10 counts of child molestation. He is appealing his 45-count verdict.