Trial Ordered for Penn State Officials on Sandusky Perjury Charges

A state court in Pennsylvania held a preliminary hearing today for Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, the two Penn State officals charged with perjury before the grand jury investigating sexual assault allegations against Jerry Sandusky and failing to report child abuse.

Mike McQueary testified, and Joe Paterno's grand jury testimony was read into the record, as was that of the two officials.

Other witnesses were Thomas Harmon, a former director of Penn State's university police and John McQueary, Mr. McQueary's father.

The court found there was probable cause the officials committed the charged crimes and they were bound over for trial. [More...]

No one should assume guilt from a preliminary hearing. The "probable cause" standard is much lower than proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Evidentiary rules are relaxed, hearsay is allowed and areas of cross-examination are limited. The judge must view the evidence in a light favorable to the prosecution.

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