“GET BROWN OUT!”
** Attorney Michael Hess said that Stedman called him and said he knew he was friends with Todd Brown, the county’s chief public defender, who is also a Republican running to be judge. Stedman said, “I’ve got to do something. I have to win. Tell Brown to drop out. Get Brown to drop out and I won’t release any information on Fetterman.”
Hess said he told Stedman he “would never do it.”
* Attorney Michael Hess also confirmed to me something that I have been told by numerous others: ADA Karen Mansfield, who is also running to be DA, and Carolyn J. Flannery, the former ADA who is accusing Fetterman of unwanted romantic advances in 2008, are very close friends. In fact, Mansfield was a bridesmaid at her wedding in western PA within the last two years.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
HESS TELLS ALL!
Attorney Michael Hess of Burke & Hess has withdrawn as ADA Mark Fetterman’s attorney so he can talk to the press and tell them what really happened, he told me by phone this morning in a close to an hour long conversation.
Among many, many items that were discussed and will be coming to this site, he began by stating that District Attorney Craig Stedman first came to odds with Fetterman, who is running to succeed Stedman, over release of the civil forfeiture financial information. He said Fetterman believes the records should be released and he will do so if elected DA. Stedman adamantly opposes it and has appealed LNP’s Right to Know determination that the information is public and should be released.
CHAOS IN THE DA’S OFFICE! – 6
If you read the LNP story, “District attorney, veteran prosecutor clash over suspension,” you probably saw the comment below beneath it on Lancaster Online. It is excellent and on point. And I was thinking how serious this suspension of an Assistant District Attorney running to be the District Attorney really is. Unbelievable. What was Stedman going to tell the public?
Please check back later today.