A Dauphin County district judge has rescinded part of former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s bail that had barred him from contacting the university’s trustees and potential prosecution witnesses in the perjury case against him.
District Judge William Wenner changed on Friday the condition that Spanier’s attorneys argued was unconstitutional and did not accomplish the goals of bail, which are to make a defendant show up for court cases.
The attorneys said it was impractical, too, because the former university president lives in the same high-rise apartment complex in College Township as two trustees and they are in the same social circles.
It is not clear why the judge originally made the provision, as Wenner did not give a reason when he imposed it in December.
Spanier is awaiting a preliminary hearing on perjury, failure to report abuse properly, obstruction, child endangerment and conspiracy charges in connection with what former Attorney General Linda Kelly said was a “conspiracy of silence” by Penn State officials to cover up abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky.
Former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz face the same charges and are awaiting court dates. A trial on perjury and failure to report abuse properly was delayed, and the preliminary hearing on obstruction and related charges has not been scheduled.
The attorneys for the men have said their clients are innocent.