Graham Spanier, Tim Curley, Gary Schultz hearing transcripts released to public

mmorgan@centredaily.comAugust 1, 2013 

The preliminary hearing for ex-Penn State administrators Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz concluded Tuesday, and now the public can read exactly what was said during the hearing.

The transcripts of this week’s hearings were released on the Dauphin County website, and copies can be obtained by contacting the courthouse. The documents were updated to include the transcripts and a notice of formal arraignment.

In total, eight witnesses were called over the two-day hearing, and District Judge William Wenner quickly bound over all charges for trial at the conclusion.

The prosecution team also introduced email evidence among Curley, Schultz and Spanier regarding the Jerry Sandusky shower incidents in May 1998 and February 2001.

Among the witnesses called was former assistant football coach Mike McQueary, who testified the late former head coach Joe Paterno told him “Old Main screwed it up” in reference to the Sandusky scandal fallout.

Curley’s attorney, Caroline Roberto, criticized that testimony in a news conference following the hearing, saying it’s convenient he remembers that now while in the middle of a whistle-blower lawsuit he filed against Penn State.

Another witness, Lisa Powers, the university’s top spokeswoman, said Penn State’s public relations team was not ready for the grand jury presentment against Sandusky and were not prepared for the media firestorm that ensued.

“We did not anticipate the presentment, we did not anticipate the fallout, and we were inundated with media from everywhere,” Powers said. “I didn’t answer my phone, and I couldn’t answer my email. There were just too many of them.”

The men face perjury, obstruction of justice and related charges. Lawyers don’t expect the trial date to be sooner than early 2014.

Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan.

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