Jury Selection, Trial to Begin Jan. 7 for Former Penn State Administrators
Jury selection for the trial of former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz is set for Jan. 7, with the trial to begin immediately after its completion.
Judge Todd Hoover signed an order Thursday – after making no rulings at the 9 a.m. hearing – that set the agenda for legal proceeding leading up to the Jan. 7 trial.
Important upcoming dates include:
- Oct. 1: The Commonwealth must file replies to the defense's motion to sever cases
- Oct. 12: All of the defense's pre-trial motions must be filed – the Commonwealth must file its replies by Oct. 26
- Jan. 7: Monday marks the start of jury selection, with the trial commencing immediately afterward
Curley, Penn State's former athletic director and Schultz, former university vice president, are each charged with a summary offense of failure to report and felony perjury for allegedly lying to a grand jury.
Schultz retired from the university while Curley, who confirmed in January he is battling lung cancer, was placed on academic leave in November.
The charges, which both men have filed to have dismissed, are related to Penn State's concealment of Jerry Sandusky's rampant child sexual abuse on campus for more than a decade. At a hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse on Thursday, counsel for the defendants argued that the perjury charges should be dropped because Curley and Schultz did not lie to the grand jury. Rather, the men merely recounted what they knew.
"The fear is what will end up happening ... This will be a trial about whether Mr. Curley and Mr. Schultz used proper judgement," Curley's attorney Caroline Roberto said. "This is an unusual, unorthodox nature of what our clients are charged with. Can they even be charged with perjury?"
The defense did not discuss the summary charge of failure to report, as it will be rescheduled for a later date.
Before Sandusky went to trial, the Commonwealth amended the date when Mike McQueary reported seeing Sandusky abusing a boy in the shower from some time in 2002 to Feb. 1, 2001.
The nine-month time difference means the statue of limitations would have run out and Curley and Schultz would not have been able to be charged with failure to report.
Roberto did not comment further regarding Curley's health on Thursday than to say it is being "monitored."