Reporters surround Attorney Elliot Strokoff as he leaves Centre County court in Bellefonte on Friday, He represents former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary. McQueary was not in court on this day. Strokoff wants Judge Thomas Gavin to allow his civil lawsuit against Penn State to proceed sooner than later. McQueary, who was a key witness against now convicted child molester
Jerry Sandusky was fired in in July. .McQueary sued Penn State for $4 million dollars saying he was defamed by the university. McQueary testified in the Sandusky trial about a shower incident involving Sandusky and a young boy
He told former coach Joe Paterno, and administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz about what he saw. Investigators say Schultz, Curley and former president Graham Spanier were part of a conspiracy of silence in the Sandusky case and that penn state officials told him to get of town for the weekend and--that no one was accusing him of being negligent.
Penn State Attorney Nancy Conrad argued that the criminal and civil cases overlap when it comes to evidence and witnesses and that there is no harm in a delay of the civil case until after the criminal cases are resolved.
Judge Gavin asked this question: Isn't one's reputation worth more than anything...Does a delay cause more damage?"
Judge Gavin knows he has to make a decision soon since Curley and Schultz are expected to stand trial in January. The Judge says he
will make a ruling on a delay within two weeks .