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The Latest: Jury fails to reach verdict in Penn State case

The Latest: Jury fails to reach verdict in Penn State case Photo: AP.

March 23, 2017 09:32 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the criminal trial of former Penn State University president Graham Spanier (all times local):

8:25 p.m.

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The jury in former Penn State University president Graham Spanier's (SPAN'-yurz) criminal trial is going home after more than six hours of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

Spanier's defense rested on Thursday without calling any witnesses. It says there's no evidence against him.

Spanier is accused of conspiracy and child endangerment for how he handled sex abuse complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky more than 15 years ago.

Jurors twice returned to the courtroom with questions but gave no indication how long it may take to produce a verdict.

Sandusky was convicted of abusing several boys and is in prison. But he says he's innocent and is appealing.

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8:15 p.m.

A judge is getting more questions from jurors in the criminal trial of former Penn State University president Graham Spanier (SPAN'-yur).

Spanier is accused of mishandling complaints former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested boys. Spanier argues there's "no evidence." Sandusky says he's innocent.

Jurors late Thursday asked the judge to define what "supervision" means in the child endangerment law under which Spanier is charged.

The judge says that means someone other than a parent who provides care, education, training or control of a child.

The jury also wants clarity about the conspiracy charge Spanier faces. The judge says to be guilty of conspiracy a defendant must have agreed to commit a crime.

Jurors have twice asked the judge questions.

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5:20 p.m.

Jurors in the criminal trial of Penn State's former president are asking a judge to clarify the legal elements of the conspiracy charge and to define what reckless means.

The panel of seven women and five men asked several questions of Judge John Boccabella on Thursday after about three hours of deliberations.

The judge told them they must take into account the companion charge of endangering the welfare of children when evaluating the conspiracy charge.

He said conduct is reckless when someone consciously disregards a substantial and unjustified risk, far beyond what a reasonable person would do.

Graham Spanier is accused of mishandling complaints that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting boys. He's charged with child endangerment and conspiracy.

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3:05 p.m.

A jury has begun deliberations in the criminal trial of Penn State's former president.

Graham Spanier (SPAN'-yur) is accused of mishandling complaints that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting boys.

He's charged with two felony counts of child endangerment and one felony count of conspiracy.

A prosecutor said Thursday during closing arguments that Spanier gambled with the welfare of children by not reporting a 2001 complaint against Sandusky to state child welfare authorities.

The defense said there was no evidence Spanier committed a crime.

Spanier was forced out as president in 2011, after Sandusky was arrested. He remains a tenured faculty member.

Sandusky is in prison on child molestation convictions.

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12:15 p.m.

The defense in the criminal trial of Penn State's former president has rested without calling any witnesses.

Graham Spanier (SPAN'-yur) is accused of mishandling complaints that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting boys.

He's charged with two felony counts of child endangerment and one felony count of conspiracy.

Defense attorney Sam Silver says the state has no evidence Spanier committed the crimes.

After the defense rested Thursday, jurors were sent to lunch. They could begin deliberations in the afternoon.

Former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of child endangerment.

Spanier was forced out as president in 2011, after Sandusky was charged. He remains a tenured faculty member.

Sandusky is in prison on child molestation convictions.

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