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Baldwin testimony quashed; Curley, Schultz, Spanier hearing wraps up early

No decisions made for future of cases

Written By: Marc Stempka
Reported By: Gary Sinderson

HARRISBURG -- No arguments were heard Tuesday in the cases against three former top Pennsylvania State University administrators who are facing charges related to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, but a decision was made over the testimony of a former PSU legal counsel.

The pre-trial hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg for former PSU President Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz was to get underway at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, but was delayed due to weather.

6 News reporter Gary Sinderson said attorneys for the three men met privately with prosecutors in Dauphin County President Judge Todd A. Hoovers chambers Tuesday morning. Just after 10:30 a.m., court was adjourned for the day.

The heart of the case for the three men revolves around former Penn State legal counsel Cynthia Baldwin, who the three thought was representing them at the time they testified before a grand jury regarding the Sandusky sex abuse allegations.

Baldwin later testified against the three men before the same grand jury, helping prosecutors build their case against the three men.

The mens attorneys claimed Baldwin violated attorney-client privilege when she testified about conversations had with each of the men.

Hoover quashed a motion for Baldwin to appear at Tuesdays hearing.

Defense attorneys indicated they will resubmit the request for Baldwin to testify at later hearings and, if Hoover decides her testimony will not be heard at trial, additional appeals may be filed.

Any additional appeals could further delay the trial date for the three men.
Baldwins attorney said after Tuesdays meetings in Hoovers chambers that Baldwin fulfilled her legal responsibilities to Penn State.

The three men are accused of covering up child sexual abuse allegations made against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was convicted on more than 40 child abuse charges in the summer of 2012.

All three men are facing perjury and other charges in what the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals Office called a conspiracy of silence regarding the alleged cover-up of Sanduskys crimes.

The hearings were anticipated to last up to four days in Harrisburg.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times