Ethics panel clears lawyer

Former PSU counsel didn’t violate rules

HARRISBURG — A panel that considers allegations of misconduct against Pennsylvania lawyers is clearing Penn State’s former general counsel for how she represented university officials during the child sexual abuse investigation of Jerry Sandusky.

A disciplinary board hearing committee said Friday the Office of Disciplinary Counsel did not prove that Cynthia Baldwin committed professional misconduct or that her work was incompetent.

The board said she properly disclosed potential conflicts and the Penn State officials “effectively consented” to being represented jointly.

It said she didn’t violate attorney-client privilege when she accompanied athletic director Tim Curley, vice president Gary Schultz and president Graham Spanier to grand jury appearances in 2011, before Sandusky was charged with child molestation.

Her lawyer said Baldwin fulfilled her ethical responsibilities and hopes the decision ends any professional criticism of her.