Trial for Penn State administrators set for 2013

State College - Centre Daily TimesAugust 17, 2012 

The trial for the two former Penn State administrators accused of lying to the grand jury investigating Jerry Sandusky won't go on during football season.

Instead, the case for former athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president Gary Schultz is scheduled for January 2013, with jury selection starting Jan. 7 and the trial to follow immediately.

The scheduling order from Dauphin County President Judge Todd Hoover comes a day after Curley and Schultz's attorneys were in court arguing that the perjury charges should be thrown out.

The judge also issued an order today directing the state to save the notes and reports from all witness interviews. Attorneys for the defendants argued in court Thursday that they should be able to review that material.

The case is being tried in Dauphin County because that is the location of the grand jury proceedings where Curley and Schultz are alleged to have lied under oath. Jurors will be picked from Dauphin County.

Curley and Schultz are also charged with failure to report abuse.

Prosecutors allege they lied about their knowledge of a 2001 incident in a campus shower seen by then-grad assistant Mike McQueary. McQueary told the two men about the incident, and they are accused of not reporting it to authorities.

The two men told the grand jury they thought the shower incident was inappropriate but not sexual in nature.

Prosecutors have said the men made many false statements under oath, such as Curley's knowledge about a 1998 Penn State police investigation into Sandusky as well as Schultz telling the grand jury that child protective services were told about the 2001 incident.

Hoover has not yet made a decision on the defense arguments.

In his scheduling order, Hoover set deadlines for pretrial matters. For instance, the defense has a month from today to file a motion to sever the cases, to have the cases tried separately.

The defense has until Oct. 12 for other pretrial motions, like a catch-all omnibus motion.

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