A preliminary hearing has been set for former Penn State University President Graham Spanier, who is charged with covering up reports that Jerry Sandusky had sexually abuse children.
Prosecutors in November charged Mr. Spanier, 64, with obstruction of justice, perjury and endangering the welfare of children, saying the former president and top administrators tried to cover up accusations that Sandusky sexually abused boys over a 15-year period.
Magisterial District Judge William Wenner set July 29 as the preliminary hearing date for Mr. Spanier, as well as suspended athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz. The hearing will be continued, if necessary, on July 30 and Aug. 1, according to court documents.
The preliminary hearing was orignally scheduled for Dec. 13, but was postponed when Mr. Schultz and Mr. Curley filed motions seeking a delay.
They had sought to exclude the testimony of Penn State's former general counsel, Cynthia Baldwin, based on her actions as she accompanied the men to grand jury appearances in Harrisburg in early 2011.
Mr. Spanier's attorneys argued that either Ms. Baldwin violated attorney-client privilege or their client was either denied the right of an attorney because he mistakenly believed he already had one.
The state Supreme Court last month refused to hear a petition filed by attorneys for Mr. Schultz and Mr. Curley. It was denied without prejudice, meaning attorneys can refile them.
Caroline Roberto, who represents Mr. Curley, said Friday she expects to refile the motions with Dauphin County Common Pleas Judge Todd Hoover.
Sandusky, a retired Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted in June of 45 criminal counts of sexual abuse. He is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence, but maintains his innocence and is pursuing appeals.
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