The commissioners’ move forces Stedman to use either civil-asset forfeiture proceeds intended for use by the Drug Task Force, campaign money — he is seeking a county judgeship this year — or personal funds to pay for his legal expenses.
From today’s LNP story linked to immediately below.
He can’t use campaign money, can he? He’s running to be a judge! I don’t think he can use campaign money to pay his legal fees as District Attorney!
*** The human resources office also found that Stedman’s top deputy, First Assistant District Attorney Christopher S. Larsen, violated county policy by taking a personnel file out of the office. It recommended that Stedman discipline Larsen “up to and including termination” for his use of the file.
Larsen, however, remains on the job. He appeared in court this week.
From the LNP story that just went online, “Lancaster County Commissioners block DA Stedman from using taxpayer funds for lawsuit,” (click here).
Yup! That’s exactly what I said immediately below!
** The birthing happened while Osei was working at a Warwick Township group home Jan. 14. She called her supervisor to say she was in pain, and the supervisor called 9-1-1. A Northern Lancaster County police officer found Osei sitting on a toilet, and realized there was a baby partially submerged in the water, Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen presented in court.
From yesterday’s LNP article, “Woman pleads guilty to giving birth, leaving baby in toilet at Warwick Township workplace; will be sentenced at later date,” (click here).
Two items about this:
— First Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen is still with the district attorney’s office. Was he lying about going to the Georgelis Law Firm? Did Georgelis change their mind after the county commissioners stated he could/should be fired for his antics regarding ADA Mark Fetterman? Does anyone know? (Click here for “IS LARSEN OUT?”)
— The below is part of an excellent comment posted under the article on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page. She has been in jail since giving birth and I can’t imagine the trauma she has gone through. Women (and men) need to come to this woman’s defense!
* Judge Leonard G. Brown, III has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, April 11 in the Open Records lawsuit to obtain civil forfeiture records from the District Attorney’s office.
— The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records sided with LNP and reporter Carter Walker that the civil forfeiture records must be released.
— On February 26th of this year, District Attorney Craig Stedman appealed the release of the records in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas.
— On February 28th, the County of Lancaster filed a petition to intervene in the case.
— On March 1st, DA Stedman filed a motion strongly objecting to the county’s request to intervene.
— On March 15th, the county requested a hearing.
— The hearing is now scheduled for April 11 (see below).
THE CITY DID IT!
The city managed to livestream last night’s very short city council meeting – with a brief break (click here)! The report from the Human Relations Commission. was literally only two minutes long and it’s difficult to hear because the speaker was far from the podium microphone.
I need to buy a new pair of headphones and I will listen again and report back.
Please check back later today.