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Jury continues to deliberate, asks for clarification on Spanier charges

Graham Spanier is accused of mishandling complaints that former football coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting boys. (AP photo)

HARRISBURG -- The jury in the Graham Spanier case continued to deliberate Thursday, and moments ago, they came back into the courtroom to ask two questions of the judge.

They sought clarification on the conspiracy charge that Spanier is facing, and for a definition of the term "reckless" as it relates to the law.

Spanier, the former Penn State president is facing two felony counts of child endangerment and one felony count of conspiracy for allegedly failing to report two separate incidents involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky in 1998 and 2001.

The jury also told the judge that they need to order dinner, which is typically an indication, especially in a case of this magnitude, that they plan on deliberating for awhile.

The judge said he'd like the jury to stay and reach a verdict tonight.


The last thing the jury heard Thursday was closing arguments, in which the defense claimed the state presented no evidence to convict Spanier on any charge, and that the proof they provided wouldn’t even hold up in a civil case, let alone a criminal one.

The state countered by asking the jury to do the right thing and find Spanier guilty of all charges.

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