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Pretrial Hearing Today For Former Penn State Officials

(Former Penn State president Graham Spanier and his wife, Sandra, leave the office of a Harrisburg district justice after he was arraigned in connection with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.  Credit: Jim Melwert)

(Former Penn State president Graham Spanier and his wife, Sandra, leave the office of a Harrisburg district justice after he was arraigned in connection with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Credit: Jim Melwert)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Lawyers for three former top Penn State officials are scheduled to argue in a Harrisburg courtroom today for dismissal of charges against their clients, accused of covering up the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The focus of the pretrial hearing is expected to be the admissibility of testimony in the case against the three men from the woman who was Penn State’s chief counsel. Cynthia Baldwin accompanied the trio when they appeared before a grand jury investigating the Sandusky case; all three say they believed she was representing them, and that their right to legal representation has been violated.

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former Athletic Director Timothy Curley, and former Vice-President Gary Schultz are charged with perjury, obstruction, child endangerment and other offenses in what the prosecution has called a “conspiracy of silence” in the Sandusky case.