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December 28, 2013

Penn State scandal played out in courts over 2013

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HARRISBURG —

As Sandusky pursued appeals, the criminal case against three former Penn State administrators moved ahead, including a preliminary hearing at which state prosecutors presented enough evidence to satisfy a district judge who ordered the case sent to county court for trial. No trial date has been set.

In that case — involving former President Graham Spanier, former Vice President Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley — the presiding judge held a brief hearing in open court this month, and then ordered prosecutors and defense lawyers to lay out in writing the issues that are in dispute.

That case has been held up because of claims by the defendants that their legal rights were violated when the university’s chief counsel at the time accompanied them to grand jury appearances in 2011, and later testified before the grand jury last year.

Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover told the lawyers he plans to schedule a hearing where they can argue the issues.

Litigation generated by the Sandusky scandal included a defamation and commercial disparagement lawsuit filed against the NCAA by the family of former head coach Joe Paterno, under whom Sandusky worked for decades, some former players, a few university trustees and others.  In late October, the judge heard argument in the NCAA’s request to have it thrown out but has not ruled.

The Paterno family also released its own report in February, finding much to criticize in the review paid for by Penn State that concluded last year that Paterno helped the three administrators conceal complaints about Sandusky in order to avoid bad publicity.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane in February appointed a lawyer to lead an investigation into how her office handled the Sandusky case, including questions about why it took so long after the first complaints for charges to be filed. Kane has not provided a timetable for the completion of that review.

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