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Ex-Penn St. administrators accused of covering up Sandusky abuse allegations set for hearing

FILE - In these Nov. 7, 2011, file photo combination, former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz, left, and former Penn State director of athletics Tim Curley, right, and on July 29, 2013, former Penn State president Graham Spanier, center, are seen in Harrisburg, Pa.  A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 that will determine whether the in the case of the three former Penn State administrators  all accused of criminal cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, had their legal rights compromised by appearing before a grand jury investigating Sandusky nearly three years ago.   (AP Photo/Brad Bower, left, Matt Rourke, right, File)

FILE - In these Nov. 7, 2011, file photo combination, former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz, left, and former Penn State director of athletics Tim Curley, right, and on July 29, 2013, former Penn State president Graham Spanier, center, are seen in Harrisburg, Pa. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 that will determine whether the in the case of the three former Penn State administrators all accused of criminal cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, had their legal rights compromised by appearing before a grand jury investigating Sandusky nearly three years ago. (AP Photo/Brad Bower, left, Matt Rourke, right, File)  (The Associated Press)

Lawyers for three former Penn State officials accused of covering up child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky are headed to a Pennsylvania courthouse this week.

The hearing scheduled to start Tuesday in Harrisburg will focus on their claim that their right to legal representation was severely compromised when they appeared before an investigative grand jury.

The defendants are the school's former athletic director Tim Curley, former vice president Gary Schultz and former president Graham Spanier (SPAN'-yer). The case has lasted more than two years since charges were first filed and there isn't a trial date in sight.

They have argued the charges of perjury, obstruction, conspiracy, child endangerment and failure to properly report suspected child abuse should be dismissed.