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Jul 24

If You are Subpoenaed to Appear Before a Pennsylvania Grand Jury, Learn from Graham Spanier’s Mistake: Take Your Lawyer

We wrote about the ongoing fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal in January, and whether former Penn State General Counsel Cynthia Baldwin made some critical missteps by appearing at the grand jury with former President Graham Spanier, Vice President Gary Schultz, and Athletic Director Tim… Read More

Feb 17

Third Circuit OK’s In Camera Interview of Lawyer to Establish Crime-Fraud Exception

The attorney-client privilege is sacrosanct – “the oldest of the privileges for confidential communications known to the common law,” Upjohn Co. v. United States, 449 U.S. 383, 389 (1981) – yet when the attorney’s advice is used to commit a crime, the privilege evaporates. Under… Read More

Jan 14

Did Penn State’s General Counsel Fumble by Appearing at the Grand Jury Appearances of its Officers?

With the announcement by Penn State that it has hired James Franklin as its new head football coach, the university has taken yet another step on the field away from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.  But the fallout continues in the courtroom with the prosecution of… Read More

Nov 07

Another Twist in the JonBonet Ramsey Case: Grand Jury Recommended Indictments for JonBonet’s Parents, But DA’s Office Declined

The tragic murder of kindergartener and pageant beauty queen JonBonet Ramsey in 1996 captivated our nation and fueled a media frenzy for years.  Now, over fifteen years after JonBonet’s death, newly released documents have brought the case back to mainstream media.  These documents establish that… Read More