Four years after Jerry Sandusky’s court date, the three Penn State executives also charged may be getting closer to their own days in court.
Former president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley have had their criminal cases drag slowly through Dauphin County court, delayed by motions, denials and appeals.
Most recently, the cases made headlines when the state Superior Court dismissed perjury, obstruction and conspiracy counts against Spanier and Schultz, plus obstruction and conspiracy against Curley.
State Solicitor General Bruce Castor then recommended that the Office of Attorney General not pursue an appeal of that decision, leaving only the failure to report suspected abuse and endangering the welfare of children charges against all of the defendants and a perjury count against Curley.
On Wednesday, the Dauphin County court published the first order in the case since January, only the second movement in the county against the three in more than a year, as the rest of the action has taken place in the appeals realm.
The new order sets a schedule for pretrial activities.
Pretrial motions are due by July 1 from the defense, with response from the OAG by July 31, according to President Judge Richard Lewis’ order.
One date is not mentioned, however. There is still no trial date set for the cases.
Charges against the three men stem from testimony in the grand jury proceedings against Sandusky. All three were also named as complicit by the Penn State-commissioned independent investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh in 2012, a month after Sandusky’s conviction on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse crimes in Centre County.