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Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover blocked former Penn State legal counsel Cynthia Baldwin from testifying Tuesday during a pretrial hearing for three administrators accused of trying to cover up Jerry Sandusky’s sex crimes.

Attorney for former PSU President Graham Spanier and administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are trying to prevent Baldwin from testifying at trial.

Elizabeth Ainslie, Spanier’s attorney, said Baldwin’s testimony to the grand jury violated attorney-client privilege, as the administrators believed Baldwin was representing them.

“I’ve been a lawyer for 40 years. it has never happened in my experience. It’s very unusual, and it’s very complicated,” said Ainslie. “So, this came as a total shock to me, at least, that when it turned out she had testified against him.”

Ainslie and other defense attorneys subpoenaed Baldwin to testify this week as well as experts they hoped would sway the judge to block Baldwin’s testimony.

Hoover allowed the attorneys to submit for the record grand jury testimony as well as correspondence among various attorneys involved in the case, dating back to early 2011. He did not allow anyone to testify Tuesday.

“Cynthia Baldwin at all times, at all times, fulfilled all of her duties and obligations to Penn State University and to the agents and administrators,” said Charles De Monaco, who represents Baldwin.

De Monaco declined to answer any questions posed by reporters.

Ainslie said during a conference with attorneys Monday, the judge unsealed more grand jury transcripts. Those transcripts have not been made public yet.

The judge asked attorneys to prepare written findings of fact and proposed conclusions of law for him to review. Ainslie said there may be another hearing on pretrial issues early next year.

No date has been set for the trial.

Three former Penn State Officials accused of covering up the sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky are expected in court Tuesday.  Former President Graham Spanier, Former Athletic Director Tim Curley and Former Sr. Vice President Gary Schultz will argue to have charges against them dropped.  Joining us to talk about one of the key issues addressed in court whether the school’s former top lawyer can testify is Fox43 legal analyst Steven Breit.

One of the victims who testified against Jerry Sandusky is now suing the former coach along with Penn State for what he says was nearly four years of assault.  The man known as victim number nine filed the lawsuit Thursday in Philadelphia.  It claims he wouldn’t have been victimized if University officials had reported Sandusky to police.  The lawsuit claims assault and battery against Sandusky.  The University is being sued for negligence and recklessness, misrepresentation and infliction of emotional distress.  Six of the 45 counts for which Sandusky was convicted dealt with victim nine.

(CNN) — Penn State University reached settlements over the past few months with what it calls 26 victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky — settlements that will cost the university a total of $59.7 million, the school announced Monday.

Of the 26 settlements, 23 are signed and three are agreed in principle, with final documentation expected within the next few weeks, the school said. The school also indicated a few other settlements still could come.

Sandusky was convicted in June 2012 of 45 counts relating to the sexual abuse of young boys. He’s serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.

The school said the 26 people receiving settlements are among 32 who “were or allege that they were victims of Sandusky.” The school “rejected certain of the six remaining claims as being without merit and has engaged others in possible settlement discussions.”

“We hope this is another step forward in the healing process for those hurt by Mr. Sandusky, and another step forward for Penn State,” university President Rodney Erickson said in a statement. “We cannot undo what has been done, but we can and must do everything possible to learn from this and ensure it never happens again at Penn State.”

Local News
10/02/13

Superior Court denies Sandusky appeal

Pennsylvania Superior Court denied Jerry Sandusky’s appeal today. Sandusky was convicted last October on 45 counts of sexual abuse of young boys. He is currently serving a 30-60 year prison. His appeal argued that the judge did not properly instruct the jury. Pennsylvania Superior Court concluded otherwise, and Sandusky’s appeal is denied.

A Superior Court panel of three judges heard oral arguments in the case on September 17 during a special session at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre.

A copy of the decision can be found on Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System website at: http://www.pacourts.us/courts/superior-court/court-opinions

Local News
09/17/13

Latest on Sandusky’s bid for a new trial

(CNN) — A ruling is expected in coming weeks from a three-judge appeals court panel in Pennsylvania that heard Jerry Sandusky’s bid for a new trial Tuesday on charges he sexually assaulted 10 boys, spanning two decades.

Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts, deemed a sexually violent predator, and is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.

Sandusky’s appeal centers around three arguments: That he didn’t have enough time to prepare for trial, that those who accused him waited too long to report the abuse to police, and that the prosecutor at trial improperly referenced a television interview Sandusky did with Bob Costas just days after he was charged.

The attorney general’s office argued that there was overwhelming and consistent evidence against the former Penn State linebacker coach. Eight victims and two eyewitnesses testified about his pattern of abuse.

Almost all of the victims met Sandusky through his charity, The Second Mile, which he founded for troubled youth.

Tuesday’s hearing was held in Luzerne County.

Local News
08/28/13

Sandusky responds to Penn State settlements

As Penn State reaches settlements with victims of the child abuse scandal…Jerry Sandusky is speaking out.

In a letter written to documentary filmmaker John Ziegler, Sandusky accuses Penn State of handing out payments to protect its image.

He says that the school chose to “throw out the money to anybody who called.”

His letter goes on to question the timeline of events.

Penn State has set aside sixty-million dollars for the victims of Sandusky’s abuse…

So far six victims and Sandusky’s adopted son have finalized settlements.

Philadelphia – It’s a major legal milestone for Penn State and many of the victims of Jerry Sandusky. The first of the group has come to a settlement following Sandusky’s conviction on child abuse charges.

Most of those terms will remain confidential but attorney Tom Kline says the settlement is fair. His client will see a piece of the $60 million Penn State has set aside to make good with nearly 30 victims who have suffered at the hands of a serial predator.  He believes that 25 or 26 of the 31 claims will be settled within a week.

“We have for Victim 5, as well as other victims that followed him, finality,” said attorney Tom Kline.

It’s been two years in the making, but the first of over two dozen Jerry Sandusky victims has settled with Penn State.

“That case, that claim, has been signed, sealed and delivered,” Kline said during an interview with FOX43 in his Philadelphia apartment.

Victim 5 testified during the trial that as a 13-year-old boy, he was groped by Jerry Sandusky in the Penn State showers in August of 2001.  His assault happened only six months after the Mike McQueary shower incident.

“Victim number 5 is a young man whose assault could and should have been prevented by PSU officials,” Kline said.

Kline represents Victim 5.  He says the settlement is fair and adequate.  The terms are confidential but it ends a long and heart wrenching part of his clients life.

“He is a young man who has and will have forever in his life in the deep recesses in his mind, the dark moments that happened with Jerry Sandusky,” he said.

Even though the situation has been a nightmare for Victim 5, he still has positive feelings towards Penn State. Growing up in the shadows of Beaver Stadium makes him hope that this settlement will be a huge step towards bringing Penn State back to national prominence.

“We believe that there are lessons learned by Penn State and that Penn State sees them very clearly,” Kline said.

Tom Kline says his client is a normal functioning young man with a close knit family, a girlfriend and a good job. He also plans on being a major part of the possible trial involving Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley, former Vice-President Gary Schultz and former President Graham Spanier.  Kline says while his is not excited about having to testify again, he knows it is his civic duty.

A man who was sexually abused by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has settled his civil suit against the University.

Tom Kline, the lawyer of a 25 year old man who was abused when he was just 13, says his client had tears in his eyes when his case was settled on Friday.

“He was, I could tell, relieved that this was over but he knew in his heart that this will never be over in terms of the damages that were caused by Jerry Sandusky,” says Kline.

His client — known as victim number 5 — is the first agreement to be signed with Penn State University

Kline calls his client’s case a pivotal and important one.

“My client was assaulted just 6 months after the infamous McQueary incident where Mike McQueary saw Jerry Sandusky doing very bad things in the locker and shower rooms as Penn State,” says Kline.

Kline says his client has spent two years in limbo giving testimony and reliving a horrific memory.

He says the compensation victim number 5 received was fair.

“And now he has gone through literally a year of negotiations through his lawyer myself which has led to the relief he hopes to get on with his life and hopes to have this now finally behind him,” says Kline.

Kline hopes the University can finish settling claims with other clients and can continue to move forward as an educational institution.

A spokesperson for Penn State says, “The University continues to make progress on multiple settlements but does not have a comment at this time.”

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