For three years, prosecutor Frank Fina helped win prison terms for child molester Jerry Sandusky and the top Pennsylvania State University officials who covered up his crimes. Now, it is Fina who is being pursued, reports Philly.com. He faces an administrative hearing this week on charges of violating ethical rules for lawyers in his prosecution of Penn State’s former president, Graham Spanier, and two senior university aides. He is accused of wrongfully subpoenaing a top lawyer for the university to testify about her conversations with Spanier and his aides.
The counsel for the state legal disciplinary board said that former Penn State general counsel Cynthia Baldwin was representing the three men and that Fina had wrongly sought investigative information that she had learned in that role. This, the board contends, stripped the men of their attorney-client privilege. Fina says Baldwin was representing the university at the time, not Spanier and aides Gary Schultz and Tim Curley. Baldwin agrees with Fina. They say the men have only themselves to blame for their legal mess by lying repeatedly to Baldwin about what they knew of Sandusky’s wrongdoing. Fina could face penalties that include a reprimand or the loss of his law license. Fina, 52, was part of the team that convicted Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at Penn State, who is serving at least 30 years in prison for molesting 10 boys.