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Judges eye legality of grand jury process in Penn State case

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 11, 2015 1:28 PM
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FILE - This file combination photo shows former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz, left, former Penn State Director of Athletics Tim Curley, right, and former Penn State president Graham Spanier, center.

(Harrisburg) -- The criminal case against three former Penn State administrators is in the hands of an appeals court that will decide whether it should go forward. 

The judges heard arguments today about defense claims the men's rights to legal representation were violated during secret grand jury proceedings. 

A ruling in favor of the state attorney general's office could clear the way for trial on charges the men engaged in a criminal cover-up of child sex abuse complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. 

The judges could also throw out some or all of the charges or could prevent prosecutors from using certain evidence. 

The charges against former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley include perjury, obstruction and failure to properly report child abuse.  

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