* “Why isn’t the public outraged?” a friend asked me over the phone today. I have no idea – but they should be. Tomorrow I will write the Judge to find out why he approved the fourth grand jury within sixteen years. I will also file a Right To Know request with the District Attorney’s Office to find out how much this will cost taxpayers. Finally, I will call the State Attorney General Office to officially verify that witnesses are free to reveal their testimony to anyone they desire including the press. This is something the District Attorney and the Lancaster Newspapers continuously lie about and if the DA repeats it one more time he should be removed from office immediately.
This is an outrage!
DA STEDMAN: WE ARE INEPT!
District Attorney Craig Stedman has just publicly announced that the Lancaster County Police Forces and his own Lancaster County Detectives cannot solve crimes.
For the fourth time in 16 years, Stedman secretly empanelled an investigative grand jury to “target unsolved major cases in the county, especially homicides and rapes.”
So let me get this straight, every four years we need a grand jury in Lancaster because there are so many unsolved crimes? What does that tell you? The police and the Lancaster County Detectives obviously have no clue what they are doing and they are leaving multiple killers and rapists on our streets!
And apparently our District Attorney can’t even count. He is quoted widely as saying this is the third grand jury in the history of Lancaster County. That would be wrong! There have been four in the last 16 years:
—- In 1995, then DA and now Judge Joseph Madenspacher. empanelled the first grand jury in Lancaster County history.
—- In 2001, then DA and now Judge Donald Totaro, empanelled the second. In fact the two opening sentences from the August 2001 Intell article, “Unsolved crimes to get more scrutiny,” says:
The Lancaster County district attorney’s request for a grand jury investigation into unsolved homicides, the local drug trade and racketeering has won approval.
District Attorney Donald Totaro and his top assistant, Craig Stedman, filed the application Friday and President Judge Michael A. Georgelis signed the order later that day.
—- Apparently that grand jury failed miserably, because Totaro empanels a second grand jury in February of 2005, less than four years later! That grand jury completely defies the original intent and goes on a fishing expedition for a year to support the Lancaster Newspapers and their Convention Center.
—- There are still so many unsolved crimes, and new ones, that now Stedman has empanelled the fourth grand jury in 16 years (click here).
It is clear and obvious that the County Police Departments as well as his own Lancaster County Detectives are completely inept and should be replaced immediately with men and women who can actually solve crimes and arrest killers.
There will be much more this afternoon.
In other notes:
~ Neither paper has even written an editorial about the fourth grand jury in sixteen years, but this morning the New Era gives Stedman a large two columns on the editorial page to tell his side of the ridiculous plea deals his office is making with child sexual abusers! Nice!
~ And in one more development, on the same editorial page the paper is now taking “selected comments” from their Trashback forum and printing them with the posters’ names. I think they are feeling a little heat from the LancTalk.com forum (click here).
~ Will the Lancaster Newspapers ever acknowledge M. William Phelps’ book on the Roseboro murder or will they totally ignore it as they did the entire case as the story was developing? I know I promised a review this weekend and I apologize as personal responsibilities intruded. But thank you for the comments under “LOVE HER TO DEATH” below on this site, and my review will be forthcoming.
Please check back later today.