Jerry Sandusky

Pa. judge to hear Penn State legal defense issue


In these Nov. 7, 2011, file photo combination, former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz, left, and former Penn State director of athletics Tim Curley, right, and on July 29, 2013, former Penn State president Graham Spanier, center, are seen in Harrisburg, Pa. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 that will determine whether the in the case of the three former Penn State administrators all accused of criminal cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, had their legal rights compromised by appearing before a grand jury investigating Sandusky nearly three years ago. (AP Photo/Brad Bower, left, Matt Rourke, right, File)

In these Nov. 7, 2011, file photo combination, former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz, left, and former Penn State director of athletics Tim Curley, right, and on July 29, 2013, former Penn State president Graham Spanier, center, are seen in Harrisburg, Pa. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 that will determine whether the in the case of the three former Penn State administrators all accused of criminal cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, had their legal rights compromised by appearing before a grand jury investigating Sandusky nearly three years ago. (AP Photo/Brad Bower, left, Matt Rourke, right, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge is poised to hear from lawyers for three former Penn State administrators awaiting trial on charges they covered up child sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover has scheduled a pretrial hearing over four days, but it’s not likely to last that long.

The main issue concerns the actions of Cynthia Baldwin, who was the university’s top lawyer when she accompanied the defendants to grand jury appearances in 2011. Baldwin later testified against the three men, raising complaints she violated attorney-client privilege.

The defendants are former Penn State president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

They’re charged with perjury, obstruction and other offenses, and deny the allegations. A trial date hasn’t been set.

MARK SCOLFORO

Source: AP

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