Penn State defendant Schultz seeks Freeh files

Associated Press Modified: July 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm •  Published: July 31, 2012
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Penn State official facing a perjury charge in the Jerry Sandusky scandal wants a judge to help his defense team gain access to files from a school investigation.

Lawyers for retired university vice president Gary Schultz filed a petition late Monday in county court in Harrisburg, Pa., that requested a list of 25 sets of items from the Washington, D.C., law firm led by former FBI director Louis Freeh, hired by Penn State to look into the child sex abuse scandal.

The records Schultz wants include notes of interviews with former Penn State president Graham Spanier and with Cynthia Baldwin, the university's former chief counsel. It also seeks information related to a 1998 police investigation of Sandusky that did not result in charges at the time, and Baldwin's notes regarding a January 2011 with former football coach Joe Paterno.

Schultz's lawyers said Freeh's 144-page report "has maintained grievous and potentially inaccurate information related to Mr. Schultz, reviewing in great detail his purported actions, and alleging a conspiracy among the top administrators for the university to cover up reports of sexual abuse within its football program."

Schultz also is charged with failure to properly report suspected child abuse. The court filing said the documents would help him prepare a defense and in jury selection.

Schultz defense lawyer George Matangos said Tuesday that if Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover signs the order, it would be taken to Washington, D.C., superior court officials for their review. The filing sets a Sept. 1 deadline.

"I wouldn't say it's a firm timetable," Matangos said. "It's a guideline we're trying to follow."

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