Former Pennsylvania State University President Graham Spanier sued to stop his prosecution for allegedly covering up the sexual abuse of children by ex-football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Prosecutors violated attorney-client privilege when they questioned Cynthia Baldwin, a former Penn State general counsel, Spanier said in the complaint filed today in federal court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Spanier accused prosecutors of “bad faith” and deception by failing to inform him that Baldwin identified herself as only a university lawyer and not his counsel during his grand jury testimony.
Spanier faces criminal charges for his alleged role in hiding molestation allegations against Sandusky, who is serving a 30-year prison sentence for abusing boys for more than a decade. No trial date has been set for Spanier and two other former Penn State officials charged with related crimes.
Baldwin, a former state Supreme Court justice, stepped down from her interim post as Penn State’s lawyer in June 2012 and is a prosecution witness.
The case is Spanier v. Kane, 14-cv-00599, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg)