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Spanier asks judge to dismiss charges

on May 23, 2013 10:30 AM

HARRISBURG (AP) — Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is asking a county judge to throw out criminal charges accusing him of helping to cover up abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Spanier’s lawyers filed the motion last week, citing his allegation that the university’s former top lawyer violated attorney-client confidentiality when she gave prosecutors information about him.

He’s also arguing that some of the charges were filed after the statute of limitations had run out.

Spanier remains a faculty member while fighting the accusations that he and other administrators committed crimes as they responded to complaints about Sandusky, who was convicted last summer of 45 counts of child sex abuse.

Spanier was charged in November along with former Athletic Director Tim Curley and retired Vice President Gary Schultz.

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