This post is based on tweets from the courtroom.
Penn State’s athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president of financial and business affairs Gary Schultz were arraigned today in Harrisburg, each on charges of perjury, a third degree felony, and failure to report, a summary offense. They both posted unsecured bail of $75,000 but had to surrender their passports.
The defendants’ attorneys took turns speaking of the integrity and innocence of their clients. Curley’s attorney said that the mandatory reporting law didn’t apply to Curley, that perjury was the charge of last resort when prosecutors couldn’t prove anything else, that it was unconscionable to level charges at a man of integrity, and that he was willing to go toe-to-toe in court. Meanwhile, Schultz’s attorney said that these men were the best of men, that they had themselves investigated misconduct, that the reporting law didn’t apply to Schultz but he reported anyway, and that Schultz’s statements to the grand jury were the truth and matched those made by Paterno.
It will probably be quite some time before the trial takes place, both for these men and for Sandusky himself. During that time, it is likely that those who suffer the most anguish and humiliation will not be the defendants, but the alleged victims of Sandusky’s molestation. They will be besieged by reporters, investigators, and photographers, which makes an already intolerably bad situation even worse.