Lawyer: De­fense at­tor­ney helped Penn State edit re­lease

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

BELLEFONTE >> Penn State’s for­mer gen­eral coun­sel tes­ti­fied Tues­day that sev­eral days be­fore two high­rank­ing ad­min­is­tra­tors were charged over their han­dling of the Jerry San­dusky child mo­lesta­tion scan­dal, the school’s then­pres­i­dent let the men’s de­fense lawyers re­view and sug­gest changes to a state­ment he later is­sued that voiced his full sup­port for them.

Cyn­thia Bald­win told jurors about email ex­changes that en­sued with de­fense at­tor­neys Tom Far­rell and Caro­line Roberto shortly be­fore their clients were charged with per­jury, fail­ure to prop­erly re­port sus­pected abuse and other of­fenses in Novem­ber 2011.

Bald­win said some­one at the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice had told her the charges were com­ing against Gary Schultz, then the school’s vice pres­i­dent for busi­ness and fi­nance, and Tom Cur­ley, then the ath­letic di­rec­tor. That led to an in­ter­nal meet­ing with high-rank­ing mem­bers of the school’s pub­lic re­la­tions staff, the then­chair­man of the board of trus­tees Steve Gar­ban and pres­i­dent Gra­ham Spanier.

Spanier wanted help with a state­ment in sup­port of Cur­ley and Schultz that he had drafted, and his aides sug­gested changes. He also di­rected Bald­win to pro­vide it to the de­fense at­tor­neys.

“He said to send it to (Roberto),” Bald­win tes­ti­fied. “That’s what I did.”

It was pub­lished on Nov. 5, the day that the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice an­nounced charges against the two ad­min­is­tra­tors and San­dusky, news that sent the cam­pus reel­ing and soon led the board of trus­tees to force out Spanier. It was also later re­vised to in­clude di­rect quotes from Far­rell and Roberto.

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