Jury selection for a potential trial of former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary’s whistleblower claims against Penn State is expected to wrap up Tuesday. The trial, if it goes, is set to start Oct. 17, in Centre County Court.
A trial to determine if whistleblower Mike McQueary, a key witness at the trial of former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky, was the victim of retaliation by the university is set to go to trial today.
A jury of nine women and three men were empaneled last week, and arguments are scheduled to begin this morning, barring any last-minute settlement. The civil case is the first arising out of the Sandusky scandal to go to trial.
In court filngs, McQueary contends he was mistreated by Penn State for stepping forward against Sandusky.
He was placed on administrative leave within days of Sandusky’s November 2011 arrest, initially, Penn State officials said, because they had security concerns about him continuing to coach in the aftermath of Paterno’s firing.
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McQueary was later let go at the expiration of his contract the following June. He was, however, eventually paid an 18-month severance at his old salary.
He argues he was singled out from other Paterno staffers who weren’t retained by new head football coach Bill O’Brien because of his willingness to report and testify about what he knew about Sandusky.
He is seeking $4 million in damages to account for lost wages anticipated from an uninterrupted career as a football coach.
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