“Becky promised me that she was going to post what names she has sneaked onto this board but I haven't seen it yet. I find it interesting that she spends so much time writing about this board and the posters and yet can't post on here herself! I guess that's what you do when you live in Philly and want to write everyday about Lancaster.”
Ron Harper, Jr. posting on Talkback last night
You know, I’ve been having some fun with Harper, but no more.I honestly don’t know who he thinks he is. What a nasty, spiteful person. I find it interesting that Harper spends so much time posting on the board and wonder how he supports his family.Shouldn’t he be digging up dirt on Democrats?And for your information, Harper, I’m moving back to Lancaster in September.There will be much more on all of this at a later date.
I spoke to J. Dwight Yoder Friday afternoon by phone.He is the attorney for the plaintiffs in the Millersville “Streaker” lawsuit (click here to read it).He said the Millersville Police filed a standard reply, saying they did nothing illegal, and the case is currently in the discovery stage.Yoder said it will most likely go to trial in October in Federal Court in Philadelphia.He said the bottom line in the case is whether the police had a legal basis to enter the women’s house.I will keep you updated on the status of the suit.
Please also see below today's column where I am reprinting an article from the home page of this website, "KELLEY AND COOLEY LIE" regarding this lawsuit and the Lancaster New Era's slanted coverage of it.
A DATE IN COURT
This urgent email in from Lancaster First:
“A hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2006, regarding the lawsuits against County Commissioners Molly Henderson and Dick Shellenberger filed by the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority, Penn Square Partners, and the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster.
Please join us in Courtroom 2 (to be presided by Judge Madenspacher) on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at . We need to show our support and appreciation for Dick Shellenberger and Molly Henderson, who are putting forth their supreme efforts to protect our tax dollars.
Courtroom etiquette is such that most times, the doors are shut promptly at the start of the hearing; after that, usually only the press will be let in and out of the courtroom. PLEASE arrive early to make certain we can all get a seat.”
This email in from Jerry Policoff who heads Progressives for LancasterCounty:
“Just a reminder that Progressives for Lancaster County and Progressives for Pennsylvania will meet Monday evening, July 10th at at my place (address below). So far I am not expecting any out-of-towners other than Diana and David Grubbs from Harrisburg, and of course Chuck Pennacchio, so I am confident I can handle the crowd. No need to RSVP at this point if you haven’t already done so. Just show up (let me know if you need directions).
We’ll start off with Greg Paulsen who will give us some direction on how we can help elect Lois Herr. I think we should set the rest of the specific agenda at the meeting. We’ll want to decide on a steering committee of perhaps 4 to 6 people (volunteers up to now include myself, Jane Shull, Keith Stamen and Connie Woerner). Chuck will have a lot to say about the state organization and then we can weigh in as to where exactly we want to go and how we can get there.
For more information, please contact Policoff at (717) 295-0237.
VOTE HERR IN!
I am going to have more on Lois Herr, who is running against Joe (he’s the pits) Pitts in the 16th District in the coming days.Please go to her website, www.loisherr.us, and read up on this remarkable woman.This is from the home page of her site:
“Thank you for visiting my website and for your interest in our campaign for Congress. The people of Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District, like people all over America, want and deserve change. They are hungry for an end to the culture of blind ideology, corruption, cronyism, and incompetence personified by Representative Joe Pitts, Tom DeLay, Rick Santorum, and the Bush Administration.
The status quo is not working for the hard-working people of south-central Pennsylvania.
Each day, the government borrows over $1 billion from foreign banks to fund tax cuts for the wealthy and pork-barrel ‘bridges to nowhere.’
Each day, families are at risk of losing everything they have worked for because a loved one becomes ill.
Each day, working families struggle with rising gas prices and heating costs while oil companies post record profits, lie to Congress, and get huge tax breaks from Joe Pitts, Tom DeLay, and his friends.
Each day, families all across Pennsylvania fear for the safety of family members who are fighting overseas. These men and women are fighting with courage and honor in a war with flawed purpose and no apparent end. More tragically, other families grieve for their service members, or tend their wounds.
The people of the 16th District are ready and eager for leadership and integrity. I want your vote to help bring government back to the people.”
VOTE FOR LOIS HERR IN THE 16TH!
~ “Flap” This! ~
KELLEY AND COOLEY LIE
“The Fourth Amendment provides:The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
(From the Federal lawsuit against the Millersville Police – click here.)
Janet Kelley’s February 23, 2006 article, “Women sue Millersville cops in ‘streaker’ flap,” (click here) never once mentions the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.Her article never once mentions that the women allege not only illegal entry into their home for forty-five minutes, but also that the Millersville police officers illegally searched their house.The lawsuit says Officer Peifer, “…opened the pantry door, went into the bathrooms and opened the closet at the top of the steps.”He also “…searched Bimler’s bedroom, her closet and the closet underneath the steps.”
Kelley, at the end of her article states, “Peifer, a 26-year veteran of the police department, was named Officer of the Year in 1995.”She never mentions that the lawsuit says the following, “It is believed and therefore averred, that Defendant Rochat [the Millersville Police Chief] failed to properly train Defendants Peifer and Tartara and / or had knowledge of Defendant Peifer’s past misconduct…”
I do not know what Peifer’s alleged “past misconduct” was, but I doubt a lawyer would put that in a federal lawsuit unless he has valid proof of past misconduct.Don’t you think Kelley would mention it and look into it?
Kelley also tells a huge lie that is based on the word “lie.”Her article says Peifer told Skubon, “If you like, I will read you your Miranda rights.”
No.The complaint reads that he said, “If you lie I will read you your Miranda rights.”
What’s the big deal?It’s huge.The lawsuit is alleging that he is threatening her that if she doesn’t tell him what he wants to hear, he will arrest her.He was not being “nice” and “professional” and offering to read her her rights.
Okay, so you’re saying it could be a typo.After all, it’s only a matter of a “k.”I have one or two typos in my copy of the complaint on this site.Well, Janet Kelley has been a reporter for over 25 years and has numerous editors.She is quoting a federal law suit and the “mistake” should have been caught.The New Era should print an apology and a correction.
The complaint is public information.Anyone can go to the courthouse and get a copy.No one’s “permission” is needed to print it.How did Kelley get wind of the lawsuit filed in Philadelphia?The plaintiffs didn’t tell her and neither did their attorney, J. Dwight Yoder. It is my speculation, and it is speculation only, that the Millersville Police tipped her off and wanted to try and reduce the impact of the suit when word did get out.Why else would Kelley write that Peifer was named “Officer of the Year” but never once mention the lawsuit’s “past misconduct” allegation?
Who wrote the headline?They are calling this a “flap.”This isn’t a “flap.”If even half of what the three plaintiffs allege in their suit is correct, this is a blatant and reprehensible violation of their constitutional rights and the two Millersville Police Officers should be fired.
Speaking of liars, please go to this threadunder the LOL Talkback to read PSP’s Nevin Cooley’s latest email and the excellent responses to it.I am so tired of his lying and manipulation that I just can’t stand thinking about him for one more second today.
It’s a gorgeous day.Enjoy it.I will see you tomorrow.
7-10-06 - Please note the above link no longer works as the Lancaster Newspapers have changed all my links, other than directly to articles, to come back to this site. What a hoot! There will be more on this later...