Lawyers representing Graham B. Spanier angrily lashed out at prosecutors and Pennsylvania's governor, saying charges brought against the former president of Penn State University were politically motivated.
Spanier was charged on Thursday with being part of a cover-up of details in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. Two other former Penn State officials, who had been previously charged, face new charges as well, prosecutors announced.
“Graham Spanier has committed no crime and looks forward to the opportunity to clear his good name and well-earned national reputation for integrity,” his lawyers said in a statement emailed to reporters. The charges are “a politically motivated frame-up of an innocent man. And if these charges ever come to trial, we will prove it.”
The statement is attributed to Spanier’s lawyers, Timothy K. Lewis, Elizabeth Ainslie, Peter F. Vaira and Jack Riley. The lawyers argued that the charges are a ploy by Gov. Tom Corbett, who was the state’s attorney general from 2005 to 2011. Corbett was involved in investigating Sandusky as early as 2009. Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was arrested and charged in November 2011 and is now in prison.