WHAT DID KARA DO?
It has been a busy law day – especially for the Philadelphia Law Firm of Kleinbard LLC who represents both William Murry in his lawsuit against LNP and represents State Senators Scott Martin and Ryan Aument in their attempt to oust Sheriff Reese through a lawsuit.
Matthew Haverstick, a principal in the firm, is from Lancaster and his brother, Fritz Haverstick, works for District Attorney Craig Stedman. It is reported that Matthew is in tight with big money Philadelphia Republicans and Stedman would need their backing if he is to win the Superior Court Judgeship. What tangled webs we weave and I’ll come back to Stedman, Lancaster County juries and the Superior Court next week.
The Adams County Judge agreed with Sheriff Reese that the Senators do not have standing (the authority) to oust him from office through a lawsuit. They have twenty days to refile or the case will be thrown out. It seems unlikely they will refile but we will have to wait to find out for sure. It looks like the only way to get rid of Reese is through the legislature and impeachment.
And where is Reese living and hiding out? If anyone knows, please contact this site.
And then we have Judge David Ashworth’s order in Murry’s suit against LNP. Murry can “compel discovery responses!” Oh, my! What did reporters Kara Newhouse and Susan Baldrige and Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda know and when did they know it? Did Newhouse, who is no longer employed by LNP, solicit the illegal recording? Did she know it was being made? And why, with all the other corruption in Lancaster County on the part of paid officials, did LNP want Murry’s head on a platter so badly?
Oh, the dirt is going to fly!
Have a safe and happy First Friday and please check back tomorrow.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
MURRY VS. LNP
Judge David Ashworth has ordered oral arguments for July 21st in William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP Media Group, Inc. The full order is below (and click here for the original):
ORDER AND NOW THIS 1ST DAY OF JUNE 2017 UPON JOINT REQUEST OF COUNSEL, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT PLAINTIFF WILLIAM MURRY IS GRANTED LEAVE TO FILE A MOTION TO COMPEL DISCOVERY RESPONSES AND SUPPORTING BRIEF WITHIN 20 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS ORDER, AND DEFENDANTS SHALL HAVE 20 DAYS THEREAFTER TO FILE A RESPONSE AND BRIEF IN OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF’S MOTION.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT ORAL ARGUMENT ON PLAINTIFF’S MOTION SHALL BE HELD ON JULY 21, 2017 AT 10:30 A.M. IN CHAMBERS NO. 12 OF THE LANCASTER COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
BY THE COURT: DAVID L. ASHWORTH, JUDGE
CC: MATTHEW H. HAVERSTICK (1)
CRAIG J. STAUDENMAIER, ESQ. (1)
236 NOTICE SENT 06/01/2017
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
JUDGE RULES FOR REESE
Adams County Senior Judge John D. Kuhn issued an order filed this morning in favor of Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese and against State Senators Scott Martin and Ryan Aument. The order reads as follows (and click here for the Judge’s full opinion):
OPINION AND ORDER – MEMORANDUM OPINION ON DEFENDANT’S PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS AND ORDER FILED. AND NOW, THIS 26TH DAY OF MAY, 2017, FOR THE REASONS SET FORTH IN THE ATTACHED MEMORANDUM OPINION THE PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS FILED BY DEFENDANT, MARK S. REESE, ON MARCH 31, 2017, ARE HEREBY GRANTED. PLAINTIFFS ARE GRANTED TWENTY (20) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF MAILING OF THIS ORDER TO FILE AN AMENDED COMPLAINT OTHERWISE THIS MATTER WILL BE DISMISSED, WITH PREJUDICE, AS A MATTER OF LAW WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE. BY THE COURT: JOHN D. KUHN, SENIOR JUDGE, SPECIALLY PRESIDING. COPIES WITH 236 NOTICE MAILED ON 6-2-17 TO MATTHEW H. HAVERSTICK, ESQ. AND MARK S. REESE, PRO SE.
DIRTY LITTLE SECRET!
A bank teller, a forklift operator and a worker at Amerimax Home Products are among 11 jurors selected as of Thursday for the double-homicide trial of Leeton Thomas of East Drumore Township.
The opening sentence to today’s LNP article by long-time reporter Jeff Hawkes, “11 jurors chosen as selection resumes in Leeton Thomas double-homicide trial Friday,” (click here).
Is Hawkes going to tell us the racial and ethnic make-up of the jury as well or is LNP going to keep that a “secret” as they have done for years? Will I seriously have to travel to Lancaster just to find this out? Stating the make-up of the jury is standard journalism procedure in most parts of this country. Why would Lancaster County be any different?
And what about District Attorney Craig Stedman who tried cases for years before juries that were seated through an unconstitutional jury selection process? And this man wants to be a Superior Court Judge?
Why is the racial and ethnic make-up of juries in Lancaster County always such a big “secret?”
Please check back later today.