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    Posted on June 2nd, 2017 Becky 13 comments

    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.

    Newhouse

         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 ***

    ORAL ARGUMENTS:
     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.

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    LANCASTER COUNTY’S
    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).

    Hawkes

         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.

     

    13 responses to “AFTERNOON UPDATE – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – WATCH LIKE A HAWK?”

    1. ONE of Lancaster Counties multitude of dirty little secrets.

    2. 🙂 True!

    3. So how much has it cost taxpayers for Haverstick to not file a proper case? Is his connection to the Republican party the reason for the kid glove treatment by Stedman of the ADA who used his employment to try to convince a bouncer to let his underage girlfriend belly up to the bar?

    4. That’s right! It is First Friday! I wonder if Mayor Dick had his clone tag along as he waddled about asking people “Frankly, do you feel safe?”
      -Not with all these cops around
      -Here, yes. But not if I was one block over
      -We sure do. I got my concealed weapons permit, a Kevlar vest and a .357. And my wife has a 12 gauge cutback hanging on a bent spoon underneath her armpit.
      -Of course we feel safe! But the sun’s going down and we want to be the hell out of here before dark so get out of our way.

    5. Kara Newhouse was only doing what she was instructed to do by those above her. She would not have the insight or connections to do otherwise.

      Sacrificial lamb.

    6. This is not uncommon in places where the population grows faster and develops multi-layered populations where before there was just the ruling class and everyone else who lives there. In Lancaster’s case, one ruling class entity also owned the newspaper, TV station, and radio station. Owning all the media, it was easy to frame the news in whatever way they decided was in their best interest.

      There were names that immediately struck “awe” in the non ruling class. And families with those last names held sway for a long time. To the general populace, families with those last names could very little wrong. They were the benefactors. The magnanimous.. the people who knew what was best for the rest of us. And if you possessed one of those last names, you got away with a lot. Especially the kids. In the seventh ward, kids were sent to reform schools for minor infractions. In School Lane Hills, if you did much worse, well… boys will be boys. Even if you broke into a judge’s backyard and dumped all of his wrought iron furniture into his swimming pool.

      About the time of urban renewal push in Lancaster, cracks started appearing in the upper crust. The media was sued to break up the monopoly. For one of the first times, outsiders took notice of what was going on. Media broke up. When the urban renewal was pushed, Earl Rebman took out a full page ad decrying it. Now, Earl was very wealthy BUT he was in the business of selling to the “rest of us” so he wasn’t part of “the crust” and made zero dent in changing the course of action concerning the renewal. But the people he sold to took notice. Unfortunately they had no voice.

      Back then, there was poverty in the seventh ward but it was poverty spread over more than just blacks and latinos. Parts of the seventh ward were still overwhelmingly white. In urban renewals way were neighborhoods that were more mixed. And in Lancaster, being white and living in a black neighborhood meant that you were a lost cause. A piece of nothing in the way of the demolition.

      However, there was one area in Lancaster where the poverty was a public joke. Sunnyside. If any part of Lancaster needing renewal existed, it was Sunnyside. But the people there were white, pugnacious, and not afraid to fight. In some sense, they were as immune as the upper crust. So, how were they dealt with? In the millions and millions spent, the people of Sunnyside received one community water spigot. One water faucet.

      Where am I going with all of this? Look no further than the PSP project. Remnants of those ruling families once again decided that a top-down “renewal” of the city was in its best interest. This time around, the poor didn’t even get a waterspigot. Instead, again, they got hosed.

      Why did the paper target Murry? Did he jump line at the squash courts at the Hamilton Club? Do any of the local power brokers have interests in other states that are in direct competition with his? Will this spread beyond the borders of one commonwealth state to another commonwealth state?

      We know about how reporters broke the law and found themselves out the door at the paper. Granted immunity in exchange for testimony against Dr. Kirchner. If Newhouse has been equally used in this latest case, is tossing her a bone by featuring her podcast now and then enough to ensure her fealty to a former employer? Will she “go rogue” and most importantly does she have her own attorney to look out for her best interest? I hope so. And I hope she sees the parallels between her and the former reporters.

      As for the paper giving up its sources, I imagine that they will argue that their first amendment rights trump disclosure. The fly in the ointment is whether they were doing this to try to ruin someone for reasons that had nothing with news but rather some some sort of vendetta that had zero to do with the pursuit of the truth. But what may turn out to be interesting is that the defendants are not going up against some poor illegal person roughed up by the cops. Murry is a worthy adversary and has been around long enough to know where the bodies are buried, metaphorically speaking. I still think that might decide if the case is settled rather than dirty laundry being aired in court.

      Or was it as simple as a reporter’s own personal reasons to go after him? And tangling up the paper in pursuit of a completely unrelated outcome? The case could end up refocused on something akin to a personal slight known only to parties with their only power being the pen and a very big audience.

    7. This is not uncommon in places where the population grows faster and develops multi-layered populations where before there was just the ruling class and everyone else who lives there. In Lancaster’s case, one ruling class entity also owned the newspaper, TV station, and radio station. Owning all the media, it was easy to frame the news in whatever way they decided was in their best interest.

      There were names that immediately struck “awe” in the non ruling class. And families with those last names held sway for a long time. To the general populace, families with those last names could very little wrong. They were the benefactors. The magnanimous.. the people who knew what was best for the rest of us. And if you possessed one of those last names, you got away with a lot. Especially the kids. In the seventh ward, kids were sent to reform schools for minor infractions. In School Lane Hills, if you did much worse, well… boys will be boys. Even if you broke into a judge’s backyard and dumped all of his wrought iron furniture into his swimming pool.

      About the time of urban renewal push in Lancaster, cracks started appearing in the upper crust. The media was sued to break up the monopoly. For one of the first times, outsiders took notice of what was going on. Media broke up. When urban renewal was pushed, Earl Rebman took out a full page ad decrying it. Now, Earl was very wealthy BUT he was in the business of selling to the “rest of us” so he wasn’t part of “the crust” and made zero dent in changing the course of action concerning the renewal. But the people he sold to took notice. Unfortunately they had no voice.

      Back then, there was poverty in the seventh ward but it was poverty spread over more than just blacks and latinos. Parts of the seventh ward were still overwhelmingly white. In urban renewals way were neighborhoods that were more mixed. And in Lancaster, being white and living in a black neighborhood meant that you were a lost cause. A piece of nothing in the way of the demolition.

      However, there was one area in Lancaster where the poverty was a public joke. Sunnyside. If any part of Lancaster needing renewal existed, it was Sunnyside. But the people there were white, pugnacious, and not afraid to fight. In some sense, they were as immune as the upper crust. So, how were they dealt with? In the millions and millions spent, the people of Sunnyside received one community water spigot. One water faucet.

      Where am I going with all of this? Look no further than the PSP project. Remnants of those ruling families once again decided that a top-down “renewal” of the city was in its best interest. This time around, the poor didn’t even get a waterspigot. Instead, again, they got hosed.

      Why did the paper target Murry? Did he jump line at the squash courts at the Hamilton Club? Do any of the local power brokers have interests in other states that are in direct competition with his? Will this spread beyond the borders of one commonwealth state to another commonwealth state?

      We know about how reporters broke the law and found themselves out the door at the paper. Granted immunity in exchange for testimony against Dr. Kirchner. If Newhouse has been equally used in this latest case, is tossing her a bone by featuring her podcast now and then enough to ensure her fealty to a former employer? Will she “go rogue” and most importantly does she have her own attorney to look out for her best interest? I hope so. And I hope she sees the parallels between her and the former reporters.

      As for the paper giving up its sources, I imagine that they will argue that their first amendment rights trump disclosure. The fly in the ointment is whether they were doing this to try to ruin someone for reasons that had nothing with news but rather some some sort of vendetta that had zero to do with the pursuit of the truth. But what may turn out to be interesting is that the defendants are not going up against some poor illegal person roughed up by the cops. Murry is a worthy adversary and has been around long enough to know where the bodies are buried, metaphorically speaking. I still think that might decide if the case is settled rather than dirty laundry being aired in court.

      Or was it as simple as a reporter’s own personal reasons to go after him? And tangling up the paper in pursuit of a completely unrelated outcome? The case could end up refocused on something akin to a personal slight known only to parties with their only power being the pen and a very big audience.

    8. Or was it as simple as a reporter’s own personal reasons to go after him? And tangling up the paper in pursuit of a completely unrelated outcome? The case could end up refocused on something akin to a personal slight known only to parties with their only power being the pen and a very big audience.

      I think you might have something there. I think Kara (who I had previously noted on this site as a dangerous reporter) got her back up for some reason and drew the others in – and it kept them busy and made them look good “holding public officials accountable.” There was also a petition for Murry to resign and I always felt Kara was deeply involved in that behind the scenes.

      I think it all began with the legal bills involved with the former superintendent. They wouldn’t reveal what they were for and that began this saga with Kara. And then the kicker:

      In a prepared statement Thursday, Allison Petersen, an attorney with Levin Legal Group — the Montgomery County law firm that the board hired to investigate Nodecker — said the district investigated 46 allegations of improper conduct against Nodecker made by multiple female employees.

      Wow!

      School board accuses former superintendent of misconduct; Nodecker calls statement a ‘desperate’ move

    9. PS the strange case of Aument and Martin versus Reese. Why would it compel two state senators to get involved?

    10. I vaguely recalled the Nodecker part. Those are pretty damning allegations against him. Did he sue thre district? Was that career ending?

    11. Taking a page from the Gary Kirchner story/saga, I am betting that LNP will hang the “taper” out to dry when push comes to shove. Reveal sources? Never…if you are a real journalist. They lost all credibility w/me on that one, alone, years and years ago. God rest his soul.

    12. Stop Cryin Chris!

      I speculate there is one very important piece of information that clearly explains why LNP has vigorously attacked both Murray and Reese. Did Murray and the other school board members get illegally taped saying things outside of the sunshine laws? Yeah. Did Reese’s exotica stories portray Reese as a pervert scumbag who should be publically beaten by his wife? Yeah.

      But let’s be honest. We got lots more problems in Lancaster then these two. But! The Manheim School Board led by Murray stopped giving their mandatory advertisement money to LNP. And during Reese’s reign before he turned pervert, took almost a million dollars in advertisement money from LNP and gave it to the Central Penn Business journal. BUT! The corrupt commissioners gave the money back to LNP after LNP started doing their hit pieces on Reese. Why? Because LNP threatened a lawsuit against the county if the county did not continue to advertise with LNP and overturn Reese’s advertising decisions.

      How many criminals have been wrongfully let go from the prison this year? Several! But LNP ain’t reporting on any of those safety issues cause the commissioners gave LNP their advertising million back. Someone should do a right to know and you’ll see how shady all these fools are. All about greed and nothing to do with the public good.

    13. Stop Cryin Chris!

      Aument and Martin had to do something. Because of the constant one sided articles bashing Reese yet never discussing what that broad wrote back to Reese/ taxpayers were demanding that there senators and reps do something about this guy. He ain’t showing up to work and he’s still getting paid.
      I was one person that wrote both these guys and told them that someone needed to remove Reese so the sheriff department can appoint an acting sheriff so the department gets some leadership. Ain’t good for morale when your boss is always in the paper, that chick still works there and parades around like queen tut and there is no one running the show.