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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * JUSTICE IS NOT SUPPOSED TO WORK THIS WAY!

    Posted on March 18th, 2019 Becky 27 comments

    LIVESTREAM FAIL REDUX!

         At one point this afternoon, 38 minutes of last Tuesday’s city council meeting were posted on the city’s YouTube channel (click here). Apparently the meeting went for 2.5 hours and late this afternoon even the 38 minute video was no longer available.
          The city took over and announced publicly that they will now be responsible for livestreaming these meetings. If they do not have staff that is capable of handling this function they need to outsource it to someone/a company that does. Period.
         There will be more tomorrow.

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    *    On March 15th, the County filed a “Motion for Conference” with Judge Leonard G. Brown III requesting resolution of the County’s “Petition to Intervene” in the District Attorney’s appeal of the release of his office’s civil forfeiture records (see below).

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    POLITICAL FAVORS
    BY DA CRAIG STEDMAN!

         In any other case, a defense lawyer suggested at her trial, Katie West likely would have been charged with a crime.
         However, police said they used “discretion” and compassion in not charging West, who survived a 2012 crash that killed her husband and youngest son.
    From the LNP article by Brett Hambright, (now the DA’s spokesman), “Police used “discretion” in not charging surviving driver who was on heroin,” (click here).
         So the fact that Katie West is then County Commissioner Scott Martin’s sister had nothing to do with the decision?  And the police made this decision and DA Stedman didn’t have the ultimate call?     
          This is just one of many cases where Stedman did favors for political friends and colleagues. It is obviously absolutely unacceptable for a district attorney or a judge!
    Please check back later today.  
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * REPUBLICANS: REMOVE STEDMAN AS A JUDGE CANDIDATE!

    Posted on March 15th, 2019 Becky 21 comments

         The below email in from city councilwoman Janet Diaz on the livestream of Tuesday’s city council meeting. Thank you and there will be more on this to come.

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    RAISING STAKES & MONEY!

    **   A commenter pointed out that this is not an inserted photo of money – it is a photo on a screen in the room and it is a drug stash. I apologize for the error.

    *   I love the huge pile of money they inserted into the photo (click here to read the PennLive story).

    GOODBYE, STEDMAN!

    (Click here)

         The arrogance of this man is simply stunning. You just killed your career, Stedman! You are not king.
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * IS AMBER STRAZZO LYING?

    Posted on March 14th, 2019 Becky 9 comments

    ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT
    IS A GREAT THING!

       

    From the LNP editorial of February 19th (click here).

         Why isn’t LNP demanding answers? Is there a tape of Tuesday night’s meeting and if so, why isn’t it posted? Did the city take this over to shut it down?
         There will be much more tomorrow.

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    A comment posted on Lancaster Online under today’s article, “Lancaster police disciplined 27 officers in 2018, including 1 termination,” (click here).

       That puts the situation in context. LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher begins his article with this sentence:
          Lancaster city police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser put last year’s number of civilian complaints in context in his report to City Council on Tuesday.
          Stuhldreher is a terrible reporter and slants everything for the city and keeps the public in the dark about MAW Communications and other crucially important items. That is why it is so important that these meetings be livestreamed.
          I have emailed Amber Strazzo and all of the city council members this morning asking when the livestream of Tuesday’s meeting, including Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser’s report, will be available for public viewing.

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    WHERE IS THE VIDEO?

         Easy answer: they took it over to shut it down.
    This comment in yesterday about the city livestreaming their meetings.
         Tuesday night’s city council livestream is still not up on the city’s YouTube channel (click here). Is Amber Strazzo lying to me? She told me in an email published here yesterday that it would be up by yesterday afternoon. Where is it?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * NO LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE!

    Posted on March 13th, 2019 Becky 13 comments

    WITHDRAW, STEDMAN! – 2

         There’s no surprise in the LNP story, “Stedman suspended Fetterman for reasons ‘related to political campaign activities,’ violating policy county,” (click here).
         On February 12, I published the below (click here for the original). Withdraw your candidacy for judge today, Stedman! 

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          From numerous sources, this is what I was told about Fetterman’s suspension:
         Fetterman was suspended after a verbal blowup at a meeting with Stedman on Wednesday, January 30th.  The meeting occurred after Fetterman’s attorney, Michael Hess of Burke and Hess, wrote a letter critical of Stedman to the Republican Committee of Lancaster County. 
        The letter called out Stedman for meddling in the district attorney race and actively supporting his Assistant District Attorney Karen Mansfield to replace him among other things.  Actively supporting a candidate for another office is a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which applies to candidates for judge. 
         On the Saturday morning after Fetterman was suspended, the county commissioners had an emergency meeting and directed Stedman to reinstate Fetterman.  Stedman didn’t follow personnel policy when he suspended Fetterman.  The County was afraid of a lawsuit because Stedman suspended Fetterman for political reasons. 

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    **   “We were unable to get the livestream going last night, however the meeting was recorded and the files are currently exporting. The video will be available on our YouTube page by this afternoon.”
          This email just in and below. Hire Tony Dastra for heaven’s sake! This is unbelievable!

    *    I have emailed Amber Strazzo and apparently they are trying to get something up (click here)! The frame on the far left with the empty chairs…stay tuned…

    THE CITY FAILS AGAIN!

          Where is the livestream of last night’s city council meeting? This is unbelievable incompetence! I will be making phone calls and sending emails today.
    Please check back later today. 

  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** IMPORTANT ITEMS ON THE AGENDA!

    Posted on March 12th, 2019 Becky 2 comments

    BLATANT WHITE PRIVILEGE!

         $50,000 unsecured bail (see the charges on his docket below). District Judge Scott E. Albert should be removed from the bench!

    WILL AMBER BE AVAILABLE?

            City Council meets tonight. Will the city manage to livestream the meeting? Click here for tonight’s agenda.
            And NewsLanc.com has the below article up (click here).

    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * AMBER STRAZZO WAS “NOT AVAILABLE!”

    Posted on March 11th, 2019 Becky 9 comments

    HAVE A BACKUP!
    HOW HARD IS THAT?

          Going forward, the plan is to livestream all of council’s meetings, including committee meetings. Strazzo [city communications and marketing manager Amber Strazzo] had previously livestreamed some city meetings and special events, but the city had not committed to a regular schedule.
          …To provide the service, the administration recently bought a camera and related equipment, costing around $2,800, Strazzo said.
    From the LNP article, “Lancaster city begins regular livestream of City Council meetings,” (click here).
          Meanwhile, there are no two ways about this topic: We applaud Lancaster officials for arranging to livestream City Council meetings. It’s a win for transparency and for making local government proceedings available to more residents.

    From the second-half of an LNP editorial shortly after the above article (click here).
           And yet, last Monday night’s very important city council committee meeting was not livestreamed because Amber told me in an email that she was “not available.” Then have a backup person or two or three! How hard is that? This is ridiculous and the city council members should absolutely ensure the city livestreams these meetings.
         There will be more tomorrow.
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    **   A couple of quick notes today as there is so much going on:
    —  Haverstick’s brother, Fritz Haverstick, is an attorney at the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office.
    From the LNP story, Lancaster County DA’s office won’t say how law firm will be paid,” (click here).
          They are talking about Matthew Haverstick and the Philadelphia law firm, Kleinbard, that is representing DA Stedman. The article details many of the cases they have handled for Republicans across the state but LNP does not tell you that Kleinbard also represents William Murry in his ongoing lawsuit against LNP!
         And there is a viral story about Fritz Haverstick and very bad behavior that has been going around for more than a year…
      LNP has rehired reporter Dan Nephin who they laid off over two years ago. In fact, he has this morning’s lead story in print about Sears closing. Nephin is thrilled and Tom Knapp, who was fired by LNP, posted this on Nephin’s Facebook page:

    $1,590 GONE!

    *    Barton retired in November and received three pension payments before the board’s ruling. The ruling means the city overpaid him by about $1,590, Hopkins said.
         Barton is not obliged to return the money because the city was at fault in paying it, the board said.
    From the LNP story last week, “State board says Lancaster can’t bypass firefighters’ union to tweak retirement rules,” (click here).
         I wrote about this almost a year ago and it is below. City council discussed this and discussed this and Patrick Hopkins carried on and said an actuarial accounting had to be done in these situations and he changed the actuarial number from one meeting to another!
         And now we learn the city is out $1,590 because of all of this. Granted that’s not much but it just shows the incredible incompetence of these people. And there is no livestream of this latest meeting available. There will be much more on that to come and the original of the below is here:

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    THERE IS NO VIDEO OF
    LAST WEEK’S CITY COUNCIL

    COMMITTEE MEETING!

    From the front page of today’s LNP print edition.

         Oh, yes, when no one is watching corruption goes wild! So today, we’re moving from the county and DA Stedman to the city and Patrick Hopkins and more. Let the sun shine in!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – * OVER $5 MILLION FOR NOTHING!

    Posted on March 7th, 2019 Becky 16 comments

    STEDMAN LOSES IT!

    (Click here)

    —  This in an email: ROFLMAO as if it took the commissioners
    —  From LOL’s Facebook page: 
          —  Boo hoo.
          —  It’s fun to watch them squirm after the public gains info
          —  He has gotten far too comfortable in his position. The endless train of excuses for questionable actions speak for themself. Soft on crime should be his only reputation. I don’t see why Lancaster County would even want a judge like him. It’s just a paycheck to him.
         Stedman is not fit to be a judge. This is unbelievable! There will be much more tomorrow.

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    NOT ACCEPTABLE!

    *    We do not have video from Monday’s meeting. I was not available to operate the system. The minutes will be posted on our website when they are approved.
         This is the message from Amber Strazzo, the city’s Communications & Marketing Manager, in the below email received this morning.
         This is not acceptable!

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    LANCASTER CITY SCAMMED!

          

    The latest LNP article and a comment posted under it on Lancaster Online (click here).
        
         This comment into this site yesterday (thank you and click here for the link to the actual complaint):
         Something very interesting in the complaint MAW filed with the FCC…
        Eron Lloyd is listed as MAW’s Director of Information and Communication Technology and an individual who can testify first hand knowledge to the alleged complaints.
         According to the Reading Eagle, Mr. Lloyd “pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a bribery scheme in which representatives of engineering firms provided campaign contributions to former Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer in exchange for city contracts.” He is currently awaiting sentencing.
         Yes, google Eron Lloyd in Reading, PA! He is awaiting sentencing. Unbelievable! Did anyone in Lancaster take a bribe?
    Please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHERE’S THE MONEY, STEDMAN? – 2

    Posted on March 6th, 2019 Becky 21 comments

    LACK OF INTEGRITY!

         The Democrats decided to have a little “fun” with the Stedman situation on their Facebook page. Meanwhile, their Democratic candidate to replace Stedman, Hobie Crystle, has a Facebook page and is collecting signatures (click here).
         Now we just need a replacement candidate for judge! Stedman has proven over and over again in the last few months that he does not have the integrity, honesty or transparency – among other qualities – to be a judge!

     

    IMPROPER USE OF FUNDS!

        

    University of Pennsylvania law professor Louis Rulli quoted in the LNP article, “DA spent $21,000, intended for drug enforcement, to lease SUV, records show,” (click here). 

         And the DA’s “explanation” is he’s on call 24/7? Oh, please!
    Please check back later today.

     

  • WE NEED A NEW JUDGE CANDIDATE! – 2

    Posted on March 2nd, 2019 Becky 29 comments

    ALL-OUT WAR!

              

         Yes, it’s all-out war between Stedman and the county and Stedman and LNP (click here for the latest LNP story with the above headline in print). This is remarkable and deeply disturbing.

             From the story there is this (Stedman’s filing is not yet on the Prothonotary’s site):
         Stedman, in his filing Friday, says the commissioners’ explanation is faulty because case law has established that a district attorney has complete control of seized assets and a county may not consider those assets for budgeting purposes.
         You are paid by and work for the public, Stedman. Everyone has a right to know what happened to seized assets.
         And LNP managing editor Tom Murse is waiting for Stedman to “correct the record:”
         “Please let me know as soon as possible how you and your office intend to correct the record,” Murse added.
          Stedman has been making a fool of himself and the District Attorney’s office non-stop for several weeks now. When will the Republicans remove him as a candidate for judge? 
  • WE NEED A NEW JUDGE CANDIDATE!

    Posted on March 1st, 2019 Becky 10 comments

    IT’S YOUR MONEY!

    From the county’s “Petition to Intervene” (click here to read the entire petition).

         Yes, the county (and the public) have to know. Unbelievable!

     

    WHAT IS THE DA HIDING?

    (Click here)
        
          DA Craig Stedman is getting boxed in! What is he hiding? This is the public’s money and the public has a right to know how it is collected and disbursed.
         And this man wants to be a judge? We need a new candidate for judge!
    Please check back later today.
  • UPDATE – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ALL KINDS OF NEWS!

    Posted on February 28th, 2019 Becky 2 comments

           The below Right to Know request was sent into the County today online. I am making phone calls this afternoon. This is shocking! Does Stedman understand that he and everyone on his staff is paid by the public?

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    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

         The beldow email just in. If anyone has a copy of Stedman’s email please send it to this site:
         Stedman sent an email Monday to all employees that contains an agreement not to discuss anything that goes on in the office with press, outside attorneys, etc.  It must be signed and on his desk this week.  He is trying to stifle all discussions that relate to his transgressions or the Fetterman – Larsen – Mansfield matter.  Maybe everyone in the office should lawyer up.

     

    OPENNESS IN GOVERNMENT!

        

         The headline from page A-3 of today’s LNP print edition (click here to read it online).

          Good for Commissioner Craig Lehman! The public has a right to know.
          There is all kinds of news: Mayor Sorace hires Jess King to be her Chief of Staff; The Criz is in the news; city council gets an update on the Lancaster County Convention Center; should there be a citizen’s review board for the police and seven F&M students steal trees!
    Wow! Please check back later today.

  • UPDATE * PROTECT & SERVE?

    Posted on February 26th, 2019 Becky 6 comments

     — There is a city council meeting tonight at 7:30 pm. You can watch it on the City of Lancaster YouTube channel (click here). On the agenda tonight: “Economic Impact Study Report: Lancaster County Convention Center.”

    *    Officer William Hamby has been in the news before. The below comments are posted under the LNP story about convicted former Sgt. Raymond Corll, (click here).

     

    THEY WENT TOO FAR!

         The below excellent comment into this site under yesterday’s post. Where is the Mayor? Where is city council? Where is the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission? Where is the NAACP? Where is LNP?
          Why has this racist police force been allowed to harass and terrorize minorities in the city for years? This is absolutely sickening!

    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – IS HE FIT TO BE JUDGE?

    Posted on February 25th, 2019 Becky 5 comments

    COULD THIS
    HAPPEN TO YOU?

    — WOULD IT HAPPEN TO YOU?

         I am switching up today and will come back to Stedman shortly because these lawsuits against the Lancaster City Police just keep coming. The below is the “Factual Allegations” portion of a lawsuit against the City of Lancaster, City Officer William Hamby and City Officer John Doe brought by Harry Espada and Doneekia Dean.
         It was first filed in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas and then moved to Federal Court because it alleges civil rights violations. They are demanding an amount not in excess of $50,000 and other costs. The suit states the estimate for the repair of the vehicle is over $8,000.
          They are represented by Kevin C. Allen of the Lancaster law firm of Crystle – Allen Law, LCC. Because it was first filed in Lancaster court you can read the full lawsuit here on the Prothonotary’s site. 

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    STEDMAN CAUSED
    THE TURMOIL!

         Yesterday’s LNP editorial (click here).

          But what about Stedman potentially becoming a judge, LNP? Doesn’t that raise serious concerns?
    Please check back later today.

  • ** – * TELL IT TO…

    Posted on February 23rd, 2019 Becky 17 comments

    **   I took this screenshot of the below four stories lined-up yesterday on Lancaster Online. How sad and horrific. Yes, Lancaster County is a “special place!”

    DEMOCRAT
    RUNNING FOR DA!

      

    *     Click here for his biography on his law firm website, Crystle-Allen Law.

    YOUR EDITORIAL BOARD!

         Even though I was born at Lancaster General, lived most of my 51 years here and have a family tree showing Eshlemans arriving six generations ago, I don’t know what “Lancaster County values” are.
    From the above LNP column (click here). 

          It is incredibly ironic that LNP managing editor Tom Murse tweeted and linked to the above column last week. You see, it is LNP that tells the residents of Lancaster County they are “special” and “unique” almost weekly in their editorials.
         They did it on January 27th with their editorial about Mayor Sorace’s “State of the City” speech (click here). Their final sentences:
          And we certainly agreed with the mayor when she said Lancaster is “a special community. And there is more work to be done.”
          The notion that Lancaster residents are a “special community” or have “special values” is absurd. In his column Eshleman says this:
         Then there’s U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts, who lives in Chester County but also represents Lancaster County. In 2004, Pitts said, “There’s a theme to my work in Congress, and I say it all the time … I want to bring Lancaster County values to Washington ….”
         Pitts knows ‘em, for sure, but don’t you wonder if the folks of Chester County aren’t miffed that Pitts doesn’t take their values to Washington? Perhaps they have none.
         And the reason Lancaster County is so Republican and men like Pitts stayed in office so long is because of the Steinman family and thus, LNP, endorsing these fools for years. 
  • * JUDGE THIS: “BROUHAHA” OR CRIME?

    Posted on February 22nd, 2019 Becky 4 comments

    — LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    IT’S ILLEGAL!

        From LNP’s interview with attorney Michael Hess (click here).

    *    When Hess told me the same thing, I said, “Call the attorney general!”

    LNP’S ANALYSIS: WAY OFF!

       

         The in print headline to yesterday’s LNP front page story on DA Craig Stedman and a comment posted under the story on Lancaster Online.

         So it was all just a “brouhaha?” Really, LNP? Threatening a man’s lawyer to get a candidate out of the race or Stedman will release damaging information on his client is just a “brouhaha?” Um, wrong! It’s illegal!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** STEDMAN’S LIES “CARRIED HIM THROUGH!”

    Posted on February 21st, 2019 Becky 7 comments

         The majority of Dhara Lalani’s lawsuit against Steinman Communications is contained in “Exhibit A” which is her very lengthy and very detailed “Charge of Discrimination” she filed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission prior to the lawsuit.
          The basis of her complaint is against Robert Krasne, the Chairman of the Board and the publisher of LNP (he is referred to as “Bob” in the below very brief excerpt). Because this names a lot of former and current employees and involves specific and sensitive information, I am taking my time to work through all of the allegations.

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    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    DISCRIMINATION ALLEGED!

    *    Please check back for this developing story and thank you to the emailer for the heads up!

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    5TH GRADE CRAP!

    (Click here)

         What an absolute joke! “Analysis” my butt! And it took three, count them, three reporters to put out this 5th grade crap!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * & STEDMAN WANTS TO BE A JUDGE!

    Posted on February 19th, 2019 Becky 11 comments

    WHO WILL THE
    REPUBLICANS CHOOSE?

          

                              Todd Brown                          Heather Adams

         We will see what tonight brings. If the Republicans care about justice and decency and honesty, they will endorse Todd Brown to be a Lancaster County Judge and Heather Adams to be the District Attorney. Stay tuned and check back tomorrow.

    **     I texted Attorney Michael Hess this afternoon and asked him what he thought would happen tonight. His response is below:

    *    The Republican Endorsement Convention is tonight from 7 to 9 pm at the Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster.

     

    CHAOS IN THE DA’S OFFICE! – 7

     

          My article from February 14th is on the left (click here for the original), LNP’s two articles from today are on the right (click here and here).

         The best response is posted below the article on Lancaster Online:


         This is all unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.

  • * DEMAND ANSWERS!

    Posted on February 18th, 2019 Becky 2 comments

    — Taking the afternoon off. LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    (SIC!)

    *     These quotes from Robert Krasne from the LNP story shown below may be the only time I have or ever will agree with this man.
           But what cracks me up is the reporter corrects Krasne’s spelling! Really! Krasne must have emailed or written his statement and used the wrong spelling of “principles” – and rather than simply correct it – the reporter pointed it out with “(sic)”! LOL!

    WHAT IS STEDMAN HIDING?

              

         District Attorney Craig Stedman, who is paid by the public to protect and serve the public, doesn’t want the public to know how much civil forfeiture his office collects and what ultimately happens to it? Why not? What is he hiding?
          And this man wants to be a judge? Demand answers from this “public servant!”
    Please check back later today.

  • LARSEN OUT!

    Posted on February 17th, 2019 Becky 5 comments

    AND A WHOLE
    LOT OF WHITE PEOPLE!

    From today’s front page article in print and online titled, “Party’s picks up for grabs as Feb. 19 republican endorsement convention approaches,” (click here).

    *

         And LNP also has this glowing story on their front page (click here for the story online).

         I wonder how many of the 1,100 who “avoided jail” last year were minorities? Did you look that up, reporter Jeff Hawkes? Do minorities get the same opportunities to “avoid jail?”

         The above photo of the members of the Veterans Court treatment team by LNP photographer Suzette Wenger that accompanies Hawkes’ story shows a lot of white people! How is this possible? The racism is Lancaster County is astonishing!

  • THE BIG STORY? THEY FORGOT ADAMS!

    Posted on February 16th, 2019 Becky 1 comment

    WHAT HAS LNP
    FAILED TO TELL YOU?

         On Friday morning I received LNP’s email “Power & Policy.” Several minutes later it came in again with the below note! They completely “forgot” that Attorney Heather Adams is running to be district attorney!
         What else has LNP “forgotten” or failed to tell you about these candidates?
    *
  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** – WHO VETTED THESE CANDIDATES?

    Posted on February 15th, 2019 Becky 7 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    MARRIED TO A FELON!

    *     An email sent to Kirk Radanovic, Chairman of the Lancaster County Republican Committee, yesterday by Attorney Michael D. Hess.

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    WHO IS FIT FOR OFFICE?

    From left, former disgraced Sheriff Mark Reese, Representative Bryan Cutler and DA Craig Stedman.

          

    Republican candidates for District Attorney – From left, Heather Adams, Mark Fetterman and Karen Mansfield

    More from Attorney Michael Hess is coming  later today.

  • UPDATE – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – HOW MANY DA OFFICES HAVE A “SPOKESPERSON?”

    Posted on February 14th, 2019 Becky 7 comments

    “GET BROWN OUT!”

    Brown

    **   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.”

    [Editor’s note: The conversation was so astonishing that I dialed back the number for Burke & Hess and asked for Hess to make sure I really was talking with him and it was confirmed! Hess also told me he called LNP and told a reporter everything he told me. Coming tomorrow – Stedman threatens to fire Fetterman multiple times. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!]
    ***

    Mansfield

    *    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.

         Hess stated it was the day after the first straw poll that Fetterman won by a large margin, that Flannery made her allegations.
         From the LNP article regarding that vote (click here):
         In the three-way race to replace Stedman, Fetterman received 69 of the 114 votes, or nearly 61 percent. Assistant District Attorney Karen Mansfield received 24 votes and private-practice attorney Heather Adams won 21.
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    *** 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.

  • **** – *** – ** – * WHERE’S THE MONEY, STEDMAN?

    Posted on February 13th, 2019 Becky 22 comments

    — Doing some research this afternoon. Posting tomorrow will be sporadic if at all. LIP News will absolutely return on Friday. —

    **** ABC-27’s recent photo of Debra Slaymaker-Walker leaving the District Judge’s office after her preliminary hearing. Does this new law say this is no longer “legal?” How could that even be possible?

    ***   The statute, unlawful use of an audio or video device in court, makes it illegal for anyone to capture, record, transmit or broadcast a photograph, video, motion picture or audio of a proceeding or person within a judicial facility or in an area adjacent to that facility.
         That would include witnesses, defendants, lawyers or other parties involved in such proceedings.
    From the press release below.
         Wow! Does this mean no more pictures of the alleged perp. walking into the District Judge’s office? Really? Does anyone know?

    **   Stedman’s spokesperson, Brett Hambright, is busy this morning. Click here to read the below press release!

     

    *     I wrote in detail about this ridiculous editorial – click here. Where’s the $149,950 laser-shooting crime scene scanner, Stedman?

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    OVER 40 UNSOLVED MURDERS!

    The beginning of the recent LNP editorial, “Given the key role DNA played in finding Christy Mirack’s killer, launching Unsolved Homicide Unit seems smart,” (click here).        

         One of the callers over the last few weeks with information on the goings on in  the District Attorney’s Office asked me: “Why would Stedman only have $10,000?” I didn’t and don’t have an answer. It’s absurd! There are over 40 unsolved murders in the last 25 years. Where’s the money, Stedman?
    Please check back later today. 

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * THIS IS PUBLIC INFORMATION!

    Posted on February 12th, 2019 Becky 14 comments

    WITHDRAW, STEDMAN!

          From numerous sources, this is what I was told about Fetterman’s suspension:
         Fetterman was suspended after a verbal blowup at a meeting with Stedman on Wednesday, January 30th.  The meeting occurred after Fetterman’s attorney, Michael Hess of Burke and Hess, wrote a letter critical of Stedman to the Republican Committee of Lancaster County. 
        The letter called out Stedman for meddling in the district attorney race and actively supporting his Assistant District Attorney Karen Mansfield to replace him among other things.  Actively supporting a candidate for another office is a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which applies to candidates for judge. 
         On the Saturday morning after Fetterman was suspended, the county commissioners had an emergency meeting and directed Stedman to reinstate Fetterman.  Stedman didn’t follow personnel policy when he suspended Fetterman.  The County was afraid of a lawsuit because Stedman suspended Fetterman for political reasons. 
         There are still multiple disturbing questions about ADA Karen Mansfield and they will be coming shortly. And Stedman needs to withdraw his name as a candidate for judge. What a horrendous mess and conduct by Stedman. Let us hear from the third candidate for district attorney – Heather Adams.

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    CHAOS IN THE DA’S OFFICE! – 5

     

    *    LNP finally has the story up that was reported on this site a week ago (click here for the LNP story)! Stedman did suspended Fetterman and the county got involved!
         And there is this from the article:
         The clash between two politically ambitious prosecutors offers a rare glimpse into the work environment in an office that is typically buttoned-up and image-conscious; it is the only county department, for example, that employs a full-time media specialist at taxpayer expense to handle press inquiries and control the flow of information from local law enforcement to the public.
         Oh, this is rich. That person, of course, is Brett Hambright, LNP’s former court reporter who LNP now re-writes for all of their court “reporting” (see yesterday’s afternoon update on this site).
         Hambright is a liar and that’s why Stedman hired him!

     

    WHERE’S THE MONEY? – 2

        

         I wrote about this on February 7th (click here and there is a link to the full appeal by the DA). What is the DA trying to hide? Where is the money and where is it going?
    Please check back later today.    

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * WHO’S IN BED…

    Posted on February 11th, 2019 Becky 11 comments

    LNP: WE DON’T
    HOLD JUDGES ACCOUNTABLE!

         I am going to switch up this afternoon because it just amazes me how awful LNP is in every single regard! Agreed, they absolutely should not “pretend” that a reporter was present, but if you pay for LNP and read the above article you will see that they say a version of “according to the district attorney’s office” ten times (click here)! And it is taken directly from DA spokesperson Brett Hambright’s press release (click here).

    Ashworth

         The comments section under the LNP story was closed very shortly after the story went up – probably because of the outrage over the light sentences. But LNP does not name the elected judges that gave the light sentences even though Hambright does!

         It was Judge David Ashworth who gave the mother, Susie L. Rehm, one to two years in prison followed by four years of probation and it was Judge Jeffrey Wright who gave the father, Geoffrey Bussard, the sentence of five years probation.

    Wright

         These judges are elected! The public needs to know what they are doing! And besides not even stating who the judges were, LNP would never think to question the judges about the light sentences. No, LNP never questions judges or the DA or the police!

         LNP is so incredibly awful and they are seeking summer interns they will teach that a huge conflict of interest is okay and doesn’t violate journalism ethics and that they never question judges, the DA or the police and they rely on the slanted DA spokesperson for all their court related news! They are simply awful.
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    [Editor’s note: Hambright does not mention the defense attorney’s involved, because of course, he is writing for the prosecution. But again, this is something the public should know and LNP should at the very least look them up. According to their dockets, Rehm had public defender Daniel Martin Straszynski and Bussard had private attorney Michael E. McHale.]

     

    ABSOLUTE FICTION!

        Posted on Lancaster Online under the article, “Convention center exceeding goals for economic impact, study says,” (click here).

    *     Do look at the responses in the graph from the HVS report below. They only had 44 responses and they don’t tell us whether they are from restaurants, retail stores, art galleries, parking garages or gas stations! And only 9% say it is “essential” and those are probably high-end restaurants that most citizens can’t afford. Otherwise, the responses are dismal for the convention center/Marriott Hotel. What a sad joke!

    WITH SCOTT MARTIN?

           Three glowing articles on LNP’s Marriott Hotel/convention center on Lancaster Online and in print yesterday.
     
          Under a plan brokerd by Scott Martin — then a county commissioner, now a state senator — the county guaranteed the convention center’s construction debt. In return, Wells Fargo lowered the risk premium to a manageable rate. The county’s guarantee remains in effect for the life of the bonds.
    From the LNP article above, “Collaboration agreement, economy help keep convention center on solid financial footing,” (click here).
         Yes, and LNP has certainly thanked Scott Martin many, many times over with their coverage or lack thereof! This is why every code of journalism ethics in this country states that LNP’s arrangement/ownership is unacceptable and unethical. And it obviously is and they lie to the public!
    Please check back later today.