Local experts respond to felony charges dropped against former Penn State administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel dropped felony charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and conspiracy against former Penn State President Graham Spanier, Athletic Director, Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz.

All three are accused of participating in a cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky saga.  The court ruled that Cynthia Baldwin, who was the chief

The court ruled that Cynthia Baldwin, who was the chief council for the Penn State Board of Trustees, violated attorney-client privilege, after she testified against all three, before a grand jury.

Defense Attorney, Corky Goldstein says Baldwin, a former State Supreme Court Justice, was present when all three testified before the same grand jury.

Goldstein is not sure if it was established that she was the attorney of record for the trio, but he says no one is allowed to witness the proceedings, unless they are representing someone who is testifying. Baldwin, later testified that she was not representing any of the former administrators.

Baldwin later testified that she was not representing any of the former administrators.

Goldstein says the panel was straight forward with their focus, before they issued it’s ruling. “It is important to understand that court did not discuss the substance of the charges, or if they were right or wrong,” said Goldstein, “It was the legality, because, was you can’t bring these charges because of Cynthia Baldwin’s actions of making them believe that she was representing them before the statewide grand jury”

Jennifer Storm, is Pennsylvania’s Victim Advocate. She was hoping for a different outcome regarding the three former administrators. “There is a sense of disappointment.” said Storm, “Because holding these three men accountable, is just as important sometimes, as holding the abuser accountable.”

The Attorney General can appeal the Superior Court’s decision to drop the felony charges against Spanier, Curley and Schultz.

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