A Dauphin County judge ruled Wednesday that the perjury charges against two Penn State administrators will not be dismissed and will be heard by a jury at trial.
The attorneys for former athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz wanted to have the charges tossed out, saying the death of former head football coach Joe Paterno means the prosecution cannot corroborate the testimony of a key witness, former grad assistant Mike McQueary, who saw Sandusky in a shower with a boy in 2001.
Curley and Schultz are accused of lying to the grand jury investigating Jerry Sandusky.
But Judge Todd Hoover did not rule on the motion to throw out a summary count of failure to report abuse against them. Hoover said he will rule on that matter separately.
Hoover wrote in a six-page order about the perjury charge that the prosecution plans to corroborate the perjury charge with other evidence, and the trial is the more appropriate venue for that.
Hoover also denied the defense attorneys’ request that the prosecution specify which statements from Curley and Schultz are false. Hoover said the prosecution gave the defense “sufficient specificity” already in court papers in which they outlined the alleged false statements.
Curley and Schultz are scheduled for trial in early January.
Their attorneys have asked Hoover for separate trials, but the judge has not ruled on those motions yet.
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