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Dottie Sandusky, left, wife of jailed former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, leaves the Centre County Courthouse Annex after attending the first day of trial for former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. The trial for McQueary's defamation and whistleblower lawsuit got underway with opening arguments on Monday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
October 18, 2016 - 4:47 PM

BELLEFONTE, Pa. - The Latest on the trial in the defamation and whistleblower civil case against Penn State (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Penn State's former general counsel says days before two high-ranking administrators were charged over their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the school's then-president let the men's defence lawyers help edit a statement he later issued that voiced his full support for the administrators.

Cynthia Baldwin testified Tuesday in the trial of a civil lawsuit by former assistant football coach Mike McQueary, who claims the news release made it appear he lied to police and prosecutors about his response to seeing Jerry Sandusky abuse a boy.

Baldwin says then-university vice-president Gary Schultz's lawyer helped edit the statement in the days before charges were filed in 2011 against Schultz, then-athletic director Tim Curley and Sandusky.

McQueary is seeking more than $4 million for his treatment after his role in the investigation became public.


12:10 a.m.

Testimony will continue for the second day in a former assistant football coach's defamation and whistleblower lawsuit over his treatment by Penn State.

Mike McQueary's case against the university where he was a player and a coach will resume on Tuesday at a county courthouse near campus.

McQueary claims the school put him on paid leave and then didn't renew his contract in retaliation for reporting that Jerry Sandusky abused a child in a team shower, and for helping prosecutors convict him.

He's seeking more than $4 million in lost wages and other damages.

A lawyer for the university says it's not Penn State's fault that McQueary hasn't been able to find a coaching position.

McQueary has testified that he witnessed child abuse but didn't intervene or alert police.

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