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    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.


  1. Mike R says:

    He was my best friend. I will be at the funeral and pall bearer. Still no word on the cause of death? Come on!!! My heart is still hurting…and if he is hearing this..Vikings rule…Cowboys drool..

  2. Becky says:

    Barry from Winnipeg sent in this comment under the story below and I’m also moving it here:

    Can I share some thoughts on Nelson Mandela that have a very local connection? I joined the County’s Children and Youth Agency in 2002, as a Caseworker in protective services. While there, I became close friends with another Caseworker in my Unit, Mzumkulu Nyeka, who had been in prison in South Africa with Mandela, and who spoke to me of being tortured by his prison guards on a routine basis. Sadly, Mr. Nyeka died last year, but I came to see how much President Mandela had meant to all Africans. President Mandela taught us that the only proper response to brutality and racism is to embody human values. Here, in Canada, our nation awarded Mr. Mandela honorary Canadian citizenship, and his loss is felt deeply. I wish that my home County (where I was born and grew up, and where I returned to work at the end of my career) could also embody authentic human values at every level!

    • Becky says:

      Actually, I’d like to share a story as well. My brother Tom did his conscientious objection to the Vietnam War doing his service in Botswana, Africa and he ended up staying there for many years. When he returned to Lancaster he opened a print shop on Howard Avenue and printed the LIP newspaper for several years. He also had a major project to print a phamphlet to send back to Africa about a man who was wrongly jailed. It was Nelson Mandela and the name meant nothing to me then but I remember his pride and the red cover on the phamplets and he packed several boxes and shipped them to South Africa.