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Judge Denies Request to Throw Out Baldwin Testimony

by on January 17, 2014 4:15 PM

It's a legal setback for three former Penn State administrators charged with an alleged coverup of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.

A judge presiding over the criminal trial has denied a request to prevent controversial grand jury testimony from being used in court.

Dauphin County President Judge Todd Hoover issued an order Friday saying it was premature to bar grand jury testimony by former Penn State General Counsel Cynthia Baldwin. That ruling followed a motion filed by attorneys for former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former Athletic Director Tim Curley and retired Senior Vice President for Finance Gary Schultz.

The ruling is significant because Spanier, Curley and Schultz all argue that Baldwin was representing them during the Jerry Sandusky child abuse grand jury investigation and her testimony during that same proceeding violates the defendants' right to attorney-client privilege.

The three defendants are facing multiple charges, including perjury and failing to report child abuse related to Sandusky, who a judge sentenced to 30-60 years in prison for sexually abusing boys. All three defendants pleaded not-guilty and are awaiting trial.

Baldwin makes harsh allegations about the administrators during her grand jury testimony, including alleging at least one administrator denied the existence of Sandusky-related documents. She also described Spanier as a liar.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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