HARRISBURG – A judge says the legal rights of three former Penn State administrators weren’t violated by the actions of the university’s top lawyer during grand jury matters before they were charged with a cover-up related to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case.

A judge in Harrisburg ruled Wednesday lawyer Cynthia Baldwin was representing the three men as Penn State employees so they weren’t denied their right to legal counsel.

The dispute about Baldwin’s role has delayed the prosecution of Penn State ex-President Graham Spanier, ex-vice president Gary Schultz and ex-Athletic Director Tim Curley.

The three face charges related to the handling of complaints about Sandusky, a former assistant football coach who was convicted of abusing boys but maintains his innocence. Spanier, Schultz and Curley deny the charges.

The ruling upholds many charges. The judge says he’ll rule later on others.

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