Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Feds Probe Proth -- Where Was the DA?

It was revealed recently that, in 2006, Luzerne County Prothonotary Jill Moran altered her office's records to protect her law partner. Moran is a partner with linked-in local lawyer Robert Powell.

When the IRS filed a large tax lien against Powell, Moran sprang into action. When the lien was indexed in the County records, she had it indexed to "John Doe". That way, anyone searching for liens on Powell wouldn't find it. Powell said that she "knew" the lien was a mistake and wasn't giving her partner any special treatment. The IRS subsequently filed papers showing the lien had been satisfied. (If the IRS had filed the papers against the wrong guy, they would have filed a withdrawal of the lien, not a satisfaction.)

The story broke last week. Luzerne County DA, and judge wannabe, David Lupas didn't lift a finger to investigate, inquire, or otherwise perform his job (something which some up there say isn't a surprise).

Fortunately, despite Luzerne County's absentee justice system, Moran will have to face an investigation -- by the Feds.

Another case of Lupas being asleep at the wheel -- or was it that he wasn't going to challenge fellow-Democratic row officer Moran and her donation-wielding, linked-in partner, Powell?

We report, you decide. All I know is that Luzerne County is screwed, again, as this guy is set to become the next judge up there. What they don't need is yet another judge like this one.


Having further thoughts. Not only does the DA need to be accountable for his hands off approach (he is now using the Federal probe as his excuse for not doing his job), but where is the President Judge in all of this? Silent. Where is the local county bar association? What about the Commissioners? Good Democrats all, they are not going to cross mega-Dem money man Powell and his henchlady on the inside; good NEPAers all, they are not going to do the right thing when doing the easy, get along, or profitable thing is available.

See the local bloggers up there on the topic: Gort42 and The Lu Lac Political Letter.


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Anonymous said...

more NEPA corruption:


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