Penn State

Weather delays start of hearing for Spanier, Curley, Schultz; lawyers will argue for dismissal

The defense attorneys for former Penn State administrators charged with covering up abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky will make arguments this morning that some counts should be dismissed because of the involvement of the former university lawyer in the case.

The hearing for former President Graham Spanier, ex-athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz will be held in the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg.

The hearing was set for an 8:30 a.m. start, but was delayed because of weather.

Their lawyers say former Penn State general counsel Cynthia Baldwin misled their clients into believing she represented them when they testified to the grand jury investigating Sandusky in 2011.

The lawyers say Baldwin later violated attorney-client privilege when she testified to the grand jury about discussions with the men that were confidential.

The hearing will deal with grand jury matters, and the judge is expected to unseal motions the lawyers filed under the protection of the grand jury.

The hearing is expected to carry over to Wednesday.

It’s unlikely Dauphin County President Judge Todd A. Hoover will rule immediately.