Ex-Penn State president wants charges dropped over legal representation

Dec. 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM   |   0 comments

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A Penn State attorney says she was not representing the university's president when he testified before a grand jury in the Jerry Sandusky case, officials say.

The question of who was representing then-president Graham Spanier at the hearing is a central issue in whether charges against him are dropped, the Centre Daily Times in State College reported Wednesday.

Cynthia Baldwin, who was an attorney for the university at the time of the April 13, 2011, hearing, accompanied Spanier to the grand jury session. In a private meeting with Judge Barry Feudale, who was overseeing the grand jury, Baldwin said she represented "the university solely," a transcript of the hearing said.

Spanier, apparently unaware of Baldwin's declaration, told the grand jury later he was represented by Baldwin.

Following his testimony to the panel, Spanier was indicted for lying to the grand jury and covering up abuse allegations against Sandusky.

His attorney wants the charges dropped and his grand jury testimony thrown out.

In a hearing Tuesday, the judge would not allow Baldwin to testify. He said he would consider existing documents concerning Spanier and his co-defendants Gary Schultz and Tim Curley.

Baldwin has previously testified she kept Spanier up to date on legal developments in the Sandusky investigation.

Topics: Tim Curley
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