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      Once again, LNP reporter Jeff Hawkes refuses to disclose the race and ethnicity of a Lancaster County jury. The jury in the above case decided today was all white and mostly middle aged or older.
      On July 22 of this year, Hawkes wrote about Judge Lawrence Stengel retiring and I was surprised and pleased to see a quote  from Stengel  which I wrote about as follows (click here for the original on this site and here for the LNP article):
     There will be much more on Hawkes and the unbelievable racism at LNP tomorrow.


*    MANHEIM TWP.: A resident of the 300 block of Fern Lane received a call Dec. 14 saying they won a $3.5 million prize but needed to transfer $18,645.13 using a Walmart-to-Walmart transfer. The victim transferred the funds.
From today’s police log (click here).
     Do not ever send money! Oh, my heavens! Hang up!


Becky –
Thought you’d be interested to know that since Stedman announced he wants the Republican endorsement for the judicial vacancy in Lancaster County, all of the judicial candidates EXCEPT Todd Brown, the Head Public Defender, have withdrawn their names.  Stedman, unless he gets stained by the scandal he did nothing about – First Assistant Chris Larsen banging  a subordinate in and out of the office – is the shoo-in.  That, by the way, is why the First Assistant isn’t running for DA. 
     This email in yesterday from someone who has provided good information in the past (thank you!).
      Please note the information in this email has not been independently confirmed. I will work today to get the official word on this.
     As of 8:30 am this morning, the following are listed on the Republican Party website as candidates seeking the party’s endorsement to run for judge (click here).
Please check back later today.


  1. huh? says:

    Public defenders don’t always care about their clients. They always care about the judge and DA. And their own next career move.

  2. Brickerville Resident says:

    How much privilege does a defense attorney have in jury selection ? From my case study i believe they can have some leverage. If that is the case – then what are these public defenders doing allowing this ? From my research, i think the blames here falls to the public defender. Please correct me if im wrong.

  3. Becky says:

    A friend did ask me why Larsen wasn’t running to be DA. I said, “I guess his affairs caught up with him.” 😉 🙂