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Penn State defendants ask judge to dismiss some counts

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 19, 2014 12:19 PM
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This story was updated at 3:06 p.m.

(Harrisburg) -- Three former Penn State administrators are urging a judge to dismiss all or parts of a criminal case that accuses them of covering up sexual abuse complaints and endangering children.  

In lengthy filings released today, former university President Graham Spanier, retired Athletic Director Tim Curley and retired Vice President Gary Schultz argued their right to legal representation was violated. 

They say they believed a Penn State lawyer, Cynthia Baldwin, represented them during grand jury appearances in the investigation of retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Spanier seeks dismissal of the entire case, while Curley and Schultz want the judge to suppress their grand jury testimony and dismiss obstruction and conspiracy counts. 

In a separate filing, prosecutors say the defendants' complaints are unjustified and cannot be used as a ``get out of jail free'' card.

This is the earlier version:

(Harrisburg) -- Former Penn State administrators charged with a criminal cover-up of complaints about Jerry Sandusky are urging a Dauphin County judge to dismiss the case.

In lengthy filings released today, former university president Graham Spanier, retired athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz argue that former general counsel violated their right to legal representation. 

They say they believed Cynthia Baldwin represented them when they testified before a grand jury investigating Sandusky for sexual abuse of children in 2011.

Their lawyers say Baldwin should not be allowed to testify against them in a still-unscheduled trial on charges including perjury and conspiracy. 

In a separate filing, the state attorney general's office said the defendants' complaints are unjustified and cannot be used as a ``get out of jail free'' card.

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