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Former PSU admins again asking for cases to be dismissed

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

HARRISBURG -- Three former Penn State University administrators charged with allegedly covering up complaints about sexual abuse at the hands of Jerry Sandusky have again asked a judge to dismiss the cases against them.

In lengthy filings released Wednesday, former PSU president Graham Spanier, for athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz argued that former university counsel, Cynthia Baldwin, violated their attorney-client privilege when she testified during a grand jury investigating allegations against Sandusky.

They again asked for their cases to be dismissed.

The three argue that they believed Baldwin was acting as their counsel when they were employed at the school. Their attorneys said Baldwin should not be allowed to testify against them for that reason.

In January, Dauphin County President Judge Todd A. Hoover denied the three men's requests to preclude her testimony from their criminal proceedings, citing their filings were premature.

Curley, Schultz and Spanier are facing perjury and other charges in what the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office called a conspiracy of silence regarding the alleged cover-up of Sandusky's crimes.

Sandusky, a former PSU assistant coach, was found guilty in June 2012 on 45 counts related to child sexual abuse and was sentenced to 30- to 60-years in state prison. He is appealing his conviction.

The investigation into claims that Sandusky was abusing young boys first surfaced in the late 1990s. A grand jury was convened to look into the case years later, by then attorney general Tom Corbett.

In a separate filing issued Wednesday, the state attorney general's office said the defendants' complaints are unjustified and cannot be used as a "get out of jail free" card.

A trial for the three men has not yet been scheduled.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times