Penn State defendants get setback in court

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A Pennsylvania judge has ruled against former Penn State administrators who want to keep the university’s former general counsel off the stand as they face charges of a criminal cover-up of complaints about Jerry Sandusky.

Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover issued a brief order that said the attempts to prevent testimony by Cynthia Baldwin were premature but left open the possibility that they can be raised again later.

The defendants are retired athletic director Tim Curley; retired vice president Gary Schultz; and Graham Spanier, a faculty member who was forced out as president after Sandusky’s arrest more than two years ago.

The three men have argued they believed Ms. Baldwin was representing them in early 2011 when they testified before a grand jury investigating Sandusky for sexual abuse of children. Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of the sexual abuse of 10 boys.

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