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4-Day PSU Abuse Scandal Hearing Stripped Down to 20 Minutes

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    Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was in court today for a preliminary hearing related to charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky case.

    A judge wants prosecutors and lawyers for three former Penn State administrators to make their case in writing as he considers what to do about claims the defendants' legal rights were violated.

    Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover ruled Tuesday that the defendants could not call to the stand Cynthia Baldwin, who accompanied the men to grand jury appearances in 2011 and then testified against them.

    Baldwin was the university's top lawyer, and the defendants believe she violated attorney-client privilege.

    Hearing in PSU Abuse Scandal

    [PHI] Hearing in PSU Abuse Scandal
    A judge is expected to hear arguments from the lawyers of three former Penn State administrators.

    Hoover wants the lawyers to submit proposed findings of fact and legal conclusions, followed by oral arguments.

    The 20-minute proceeding had been scheduled for four days.

    Former president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley are accused of covering up child sex-abuse complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

    They're charged with perjury, obstruction and other offenses, and deny the allegations. A trial date hasn't been set.