Attorneys for Tim Curley, Gary Schultz Support Critique of Freeh Report
Attorneys for former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz released a statement Wednesday backing former Penn State President Graham Spanier's attorneys' denouncement of the Freeh report earlier in the day.
Spanier, who has not been criminally charged in connection to the alleged concealment of Jerry Sandusky's sex crimes, spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday since his contract was terminated by Penn State's Board of Trustees in November. Over the past month, he spoke with The New Yorker's Jeffery Toobin, who's interview with Spanier was published Wednesday.
Later, he spoke with ABC's Josh Elliott which aired in part Wednesday on "World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer."
Curley and Schultz are seeking dismissal of all charges and face a Jan. 7 trial. They have each been charged with felony perjury for lying to a grand jury and a summary charge of failure to report.
From Tom Farrell, counsel to Gary Schultz:
"I absolutely agree with Judge Lewis: the Freeh Report is inaccurate, incomplete and unfair, to Dr. Spanier, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Curley, Coach Paterno, and to Penn State. Its conclusions are unreasonable and unsupported in fact.
"As Judge Lewis stated, Mr. Schultz never told Dr. Spanier that Mr. Sandusky sexually abused a boy because, as Mr. Schultz truthfully testified at the grand jury, Mike McQueary never told Mr. Schultz that he witnessed sexual abuse – as Mr. McQueary's family doctor and friend, Dr. Dranov, confirmed. Judge Freeh chose to ignore these critical facts.
"Mr. Schultz looks forward to a fair trial of the facts in January before an impartial jury of his peers."
From Caroline Roberto, counsel to Tim Curley:
"As I said last month, the Freeh Report is, at its best, lopsided, incomplete, baseless and severely devoid of critical facts. Apparently, Mr. Spanier's lawyers agree with that assessment.
"But, as Mr. Spanier's lawyers said today, there is one thing about which there is no doubt ... Tim Curley did not tell Dr. Spanier that Mr. Sandusky sexually abused a young boy in 2001, and that is because Mike McQueary never told anyone, including Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, that he witnessed Mr. Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy in a Penn State shower.
"At trial, the high standard that will determine the truth will be proof beyond a reasonable doubt, instead of the baseless opinion of a so-called independent investigation."