Update: Penn State Seeks Stay of McQueary Suit
On Monday, October 22, 2012, Penn State filed a motion to stay former assistant football coach Mike McQueary’s whistleblower and defamation lawsuit. McQueary’s suit alleges wrongdoing by former Penn State athletics director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz. Curley and Schultz allegedly failed to report child abuse after McQueary told them he saw Jerry Sandusky raping a boy in a shower. McQueary testified about this to a grand jury, and then Penn State allegedly fired him as a result. Curley and Schultz are presently facing criminal charges and awaiting trial for lying to the grand jury about the extent to which they reported the abuse. Penn State is arguing that McQueary’s suit should be stayed until the parallel criminal proceedings are concluded. The university has filed motions to stay other civil suits related to the Sandusky scandal. So far, the court has stayed at least one such case until the criminal proceedings resolve.