As first reported by The Centre Daily Times, Gary Schultz filed a Writ of Summons, indicating his intent to sue former Penn State legal counsel Cynthia Baldwin. The document, filed earlier today, indicates that he intends to sue Baldwin for legal negligence.
Much has been made about Cynthia Baldwin’s role in the legal trouble Penn State officials are now in. The former university counsel sat in when the Grand Jury interviewed Gary Schultz, as well as Tim Curley and Graham Spanier. All three men claim that they were under the impression that Baldwin was legally representing them, but Baldwin has maintained that she was there only in the interests of Penn State, not the individual people. Some have accused her of violating attorney-client privilege for the ambiguity.
Baldwin’s attorney denied that her client neglected to fulfill ethical or professional duties, and issued a comment on her behalf to the CDT’s Mike Dawson:
“We have not received a copy of the writ. However, Cynthia Baldwin, as evidenced by her distinguished career and her impeccable reputation, is a person of the highest integrity.”
If we’ve learned anything so far out of this mess, it’s that distinguished careers and impeccable reputations don’t seem to matter much.