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July 31, 2013

Former PSU officials ordered to stand trial

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HARRISBURG, Pa. —

Anthony Lubrano, a Penn State trustee who watched the two days of testimony, said he had not expected Wenner to throw out the case, given the low level of evidence necessary to send the case to trial. However, he said, “if you get an unbiased jury (at a trial), it’ll be hard to get those charges to stick.”

Maribeth Roman Schmidt, a spokeswoman for the alumni watchdog group Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, said it was premature to comment in detail because testimony wasn’t offered in its entirety at the preliminary hearing.

“We’re in full support of due process, uncovering all the facts and the truths related to the case,” she said. Her group has been critical of the decisions of trustees during the outbreak of the scandal in November 2011, including Paterno’s firing and how it was handled.

The three were charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy. Those charges include allegations of hiding evidence from investigators and lying to the grand jury.

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