Lawyers for former FBI director Louis Freeh are asking a federal court to clarify rules governing a lawsuit against him in Penn State's home county.

Freeh on Tuesday asked a judge to nullify a one-year time limit to move the case to federal court.

A Pennsylvania appeals court last week rejected Freeh's effort to force former Penn State president Graham Spanier to proceed with the case.

Spanier has initiated a defamation lawsuit against Freeh, who led a team that produced a report for Penn State critical of how Spanier and other administrators handled the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

A county judge is allowing Spanier to hold off on filing a full complaint while Spanier defends himself against charges of a criminal cover-up of complaints about Sandusky.