When will this circus ever be over. I wonder if this is the court clerk who will be going to the big house with Conahan and Ciaverella. Would that just be a hoot. He looks like he has something to hide.
Clerk of Courts seeks to intervene in Ciavarella suit against commissioners
By Terrie Morgan-Besecker email@example.comLaw & Order Reporter
WILKES-BARRE – Luzerne County Clerk of Courts Robert Reilly on Friday filed a petition seeking to intervene in the lawsuit filed by President Judge Mark Ciavarella that challenges cuts commissioners made in the court’s 2009 budget.
The petition, filed by attorney Peter John Moses, argues that decisions affecting the funding of the court system directly impact the operation of his office. It seeks to grant Reilly the right to take part in various court proceedings related to the lawsuit.
Reilly is upset by the commissioners’ decision not to fund four positions within his office. The loss of the positions has left his office incapable of fully meeting its responsibilities and has “threatened the adequate administration of justice,” the petition states.
The clerk of courts handles the filing of criminal cases and associated duties, including collecting and distributing court costs and restitutions, collecting and returning bail money, certifying and distributing court orders and the scheduling and conduction of hearings and other proceedings, the petition says.
“If the clerk of courts is unable to timely file documentation of criminal cases, alone, for example, trials may not be timely scheduled and criminal defendants could be released and charges dismissed for a lack of a speedy trial,” the petition says.
Ciavarella filed suit against the county, its commissioners and salary board in December. The suit contends personnel cuts the commissioners made to the court’s 2009 budget will impede the administration of justice.
Senior Judge C. Joseph Rehkamp of Perry County, who was specially appointed to preside over the case, issued a preliminary injunction barring commissioners from implementing cuts in court branches. That order did not protect the clerk of courts office, however, because it is funded out of the county’s general fund.
Moses said a hearing will be scheduled at which Rehkamp will hear evidence and rule on whether Reilly’s office can intervene.
Terrie Morgan-Besecker, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 570-829-7179.
I wonder oif this is the same county clerks office that screwed up on the charges for Bryan Kocis. I would think that they might want to keep their mouths shut and not draw attention to the fact that they are incompetant. I was reading some of the comments left at the timesleader with regards to the pending arrests and I can only say that Luzerne County is not kind when it comes to saying how they feel about those Judges.
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Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Updated: Today at 6:26 AM Sources: Judges to be charged
County court system has been under investigation
By Terrie Morgan-Besecker firstname.lastname@example.org
Law & Order Reporter for the Times leader
WILKES-BARRE – Two sources familiar with federal investigations involving the Luzerne County judiciary said authorities have concluded their probes and are expected to file charges soon, possibly as early as next week.
The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said two county judges and a county court official are expected to face charges. The sources could not say what those charges will be.
They also declined to publicly identify the suspects because the charges have not been filed.
Speculation that the filing of charges was imminent has run rampant throughout the county courthouse during the past few weeks.
U.S. Attorney Martin Carlson declined to comment when reached late Wednesday afternoon. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has a standard policy of not confirming or denying the existence of an investigation.
The investigations into the county have been public knowledge for several months as federal agents have served search warrants and subpoenas on several court offices.
Federal agents in June served a search warrant on the county’s Juvenile Probation Department seeking financial records related to the placement of juveniles at the PA Child Care and Western PA Child Care centers. Those centers were formerly owned by attorney Robert Powell of Butler Township.
Paul McGarry, administrative director for the court system, said previously that the FBI sought administrative records, including billing statements and records for the number of children who were placed at the centers.
In August, FBI agents served subpoenas on the county treasurer’s office seeking records related to the court system. Sources previously said that investigation focused on whether money confiscated from gambling raids was turned over to the treasurer’s office.
The sources said the investigation began after it was learned that some court orders directing the forfeiture of gambling proceeds did not go through the District Attorney’s office, but instead were presented directly to the court administrator’s office – a departure from standard procedure.
It could not be determined Wednesday whether the pending charges are related to those investigations, or whether other persons may also face charges.
Also in the citizens voice they have this story.
Court appointments won’t be processed,
chief clerk explains
Luzerne County Manager/Chief Clerk Doug Pape said the recent appointments by the court judiciary will not be processed because they don’t fill vacancies.
THE CITIZENS’ VOICE FILE
BY MICHAEL P. BUFFER STAFF WRITER
Published: Thursday, January 22, 2009 3:47 PM EST
WILKES-BARRE — Senior administrators for Luzerne County commissioners said Wednesday they are not going to process personnel appointments ordered by Luzerne County President Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr.It’s the latest flap in an ongoing struggle between county commissioners and judges over how much taxpayer funds will go to the judicial branch this year. On Tuesday, Ciavarella issued a court order to transfer his executive secretary Ann M. Hoedl to a new job in court administration and another order to appoint Joseph A. Dessoye as a senior law clerk for Judge Joseph M. Augello.“There are no vacancies for these positions, so we will not process them at this time,” County Manager/Chief Clerk Doug Pape said.Director of Human Resources Doug Richards said Hoedl and Dessoye won’t be paid unless they are appointed to replace someone in a job that had been approved by the county salary board.
Hoedl would take a pay cut from $45,703 to $39,338 in her new job, and Dessoye’s salary would be $39,455, according to court and county documents.
Last month, the judges obtained a temporary injunction to stop cuts in court spending of $3 million, and officials agreed to maintain 2008 personnel and funding levels in the judicial branch while the case is litigated. On Tuesday, Commissioner Chairwoman Maryanne Petrilla said the order to transfer Hoedl violated the agreement, but Ciavarella maintained it was allowed under the agreement because her new job is “an open position in the 2008 budget.”Judicial officials did not respond to messages seeking comment on Wednesday’s development.
The 2009 budget adopted by county commissioners last month eliminated funding for 138 full-time jobs, including 55 in the judicial branch. The litigation stopped plans to lay off 34 court employees.The budget eliminated funding for 65 vacant jobs, and judges have filled at least 10 of those jobs with court orders issued over the last six weeks. County chief solicitor Vito DeLuca said county administrators “will honor” appointments to court jobs that existed in 2008. The county has roughly 1,700 full-time employees, and about 360 work for the judiciary.
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Well I was browsing around on you tube thanks to Mason Wyler and his post about cute guys who can sing. I was looking at all of the videos of the cute guys and I found a video about a show in England called Xfactor. I saw this video of this sort of cute guy who looked like he was going to cry he was so nervous but when he opened his mouth he gave me chills. Guess who was a judge on the show no body but Simon Cowell. Leon totally looked like he could play Oliver Twist. I was expecting him to ask for some figgy pudding. He was just so cute you could not help but root for him.
Well Leon was so nervous that I think the judges felt sorry for him. He went to the audition alone and when he got accepted to be on the show he cried. Through his tears of happiness he called his mother and told her he had made it on the show. Now when I see someone who has a dream and it comes true it just makes me feel good. Leon had a dream to be a singer and he went for it and he won the competition. A shy 18 year old kid from Scotland who started singing in public in a karaoke pub. If you watched American Idol last year you might remember Simon saying to David Archuleta that he had a number one single with the Mariah Cary song that David sang, well this is the guy who had that hit.
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I got sucked in and watched all of the videos of him on Xfactor and I saw a star being born. It really is amazing what a good hair cut and some grooming and getting your teeth fixed can do for ones self esteem. The fact that he has a great voice does not hurt him either. Oh yeah and after all of the fixing that they did the boy is just plain hot now. At the ripe old age of 20 he has a album out and it is really good. So if you like Sinatra and Michael Buble and jazzy pop music that swings you will love this guy. Check him out he has a website where you can see his videos and listen to his music.
This song really swings.
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