One of the more high profile lawsuits stemming from the Sandusky scandal at Penn State finally appears headed toward trial.
Centre County court documents released Monday revealed that on Aug. 11, a judge denied Penn State’s request for a stay as it defends itself from a whistleblower case brought by former Nittany Lion assistant coach Mike McQueary.
In denying the stay, Common Pleas Court Senior Judge Thomas G. Gavin set jury selection for the trial for Oct. 10 and the start date for the trial for Oct. 17. Proceedings will take place in Bellefonte, Pa., presumably at the Centre County Courthouse.
In handing down his ruling, Gavin said, "The time has come to resolve this case. Accordingly, I enter my order."
You can see the judge’s ruling AT THIS LINK.
Penn State had sought the stay until criminal cases against former university administrators Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley were resolved. Those cases, which are being heard in Dauphin County, are still in the pre-trial phase and no firm trial date has been set. The three face charges of failure to report and child endangerment.
If the McQueary trial indeed starts Oct. 17, it will overlap the lead-up to the Penn State football team’s biggest game of the season — an Oct. 22 home contest with Ohio State.
Gavin hails from Chester County but was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to preside over the McQueary case. The case was filed in October of 2012.