Today, I was left speechless, literally and figuratively. I lost my voice completely due to the cold that I’ve had the better part of this week. Some might argue that’s a good thing, but it certainly prevents me from making phone calls and I’m going to keep this very short today to try and rid myself of this ailment once and for all.
My plan was to look up Peter Sturla’s dockets (again) for their exact status and I also figured I’d make it a court type day and look up the statuses on some of the Federal lawsuits I’ve mentioned that have been filed against the Lancaster Police Department (click here).
I’m sure I’ve seen the case before, it was filed in March of this year, but I passed over it because the first party named in the law suit is the Lancaster County Prison. But then I noticed the defendant’s name and I said, “No, this can’t be!” I pulled it up and yes it was.
Sonya R. Morton is suing the Lancaster County Prison, Deputy Warden Kenneth Arnold, the City of Lancaster – Bureau of Police and Detective Michael Gerace because after working at the prison for over 20 years she was fired and the complaint reads:
Plaintiff initiates this action to see regress against Defendant, her former employer, for unlawful race discrimination, in violation of 42 U.S.C. & 1981, and other applicable law.
Why was I rendered speechless? Because Ms. Morton is the sister of Darryl Morton, who along with his girlfriend Judy Cora, was found deceased in his home on Thanksgiving morning and no cause or manner of death has been released. His obituary is in today’s paper (click here).
And I was simply struck by the amazing, apparent coincidence and the silent stuggles in so many people’s lives. And after reading this morning’s LNP article where they quote the three County Commissioners and Mayor Gray among others about the death of Nelson Mandela, I was simply stunned by the hypocrisy of it all – and especially the Lancaster Newspapers who have led the way in keeping the racial divide in Lancaster so excessively and blatantly wide and who fail to provide the public with information they need or hold public officials accountable for their actions or inaction.
Condolences to both the Morton and Cora families in this most difficult time in their lives.
Please check back tomorrow.