Penn State looks to overturn verdict for McQuery in defamation lawsuit

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.

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Michael NapolesCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Michael is originally from Miami, FL and is of Cuban descent. He holds BFA from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts and is also a New York city based stand-up comedian. Michael is 5'11", but wears elevators in his shoes to make himself 6 feet tall. Twitter: @MichaelNapoles
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