Judge denies Spanier bid to bar lawyer's testimony

Former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier , along with two other former college officials, is accused of covering up abuse allegations. AP
Former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier , along with two other former college officials, is accused of covering up abuse allegations. AP
Posted: January 19, 2014

A judge on Friday denied a request by former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier - accused of covering up child sex-abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky - to bar testimony from the school's onetime top lawyer.

Cynthia Baldwin represented Spanier during the Sandusky investigation. Baldwin told a grand jury that instead of cooperating with investigators, Spanier hid information and sought to keep the board of trustees in the dark about the expanding criminal investigation.

Attorneys for Spanier and his codefendants, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley, have accused Baldwin of breaching attorney-client privilege.

Although Dauphin County Court Judge Todd A. Hoover denied the motions to block Baldwin's testimony, he also ruled that the defense can file new documents in the next 30 days to support its contention that Baldwin violated attorney-client privilege.

The impact of the decision wasn't immediately clear.

"The issue regarding Cynthia Baldwin's testimony has not been finally decided," said Curley's attorney, Caroline Roberto. "And the process of the court's decision-making is ongoing."

Charles De Monaco, Baldwin's attorney, said that Baldwin believes "all issues of fact and law need to play out in court" and that the judge's orders "are part of that process."

The three former administrators face charges including perjury, obstruction of justice, and child endangerment. They allegedly lied to a grand jury and covered up reports that the former assistant football coach was sexually assaulting boys on Penn State's campus.


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