Satori Farm eviction update – bankruptcy court allows eviction to proceed – sanctions avoided

In a two-hour "hearing" this morning, Steven Conklin once again had his requests to be heard denied, and had U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Mary France lift the automatic stay of the eviction proceedings in light of the filing by Conklin that stayed the eviction that was scheduled for January 23, 2012.  Judge France also lifted any stay that was effected by the filing of Andy Ostrowski, and the lease he has with Conklin for Satori Farm, but recognized that the lease gave Ostrowski a possessory interest in the property for which separate state court proceedings would need to be initiated. The theme of the "hearing" was again, "where is the due process?"  Indeed, it was not a "hearing" at all, as that term is understood in a court of law, i.e., the orderly presentation of witness testimony and documentary evidence in accordance with the Rules of Evidence. Ostrowski strenuously asserted that this is all he was requesting, and was prepared to proceed at all times, and he resisted Judge France's and the attorney for Grenen Brisic's efforts to extract information without being sworn in as a witness, and allowed to present evidence and cross examine witnesses on his own.  This is requesting … Continue Reading ››

Steve Conklin plea for assistance – a true victim of corrupt courts in need of reform

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Miles Thomas, Baron the dog, and abc27 news – the role of the media in maintaining cultural climates

Perhaps even on a parallel with the courts, the media as an institution has the unique ability to affect cultural attitudes and climates.  One need only listen to the “liberal media” and “conservative talk” outlets accuse each other of abusing this access to discern that there is some truth to the proposition.  This article discusses that principle in relation to the political and cultural climates as they exist in central Pennsylvania, and the local media’s role in setting these climates. We previously introduced you to the case of Miles Thomas before the disciplinary proceedings against Bailey really commenced in earnest.  Miles filed two cases, and two motions to open judgment.  In the first case, Miles claimed, and proved, that a Harrisburg Humane Society Officer, William Sandstrom, unlawfully took, and then would not return, Miles dog, his personal property, beloved to him. The case was actively covered by some local press, the Patriot News included, and John Luciew of the Patriot News did a fine job keeping attention on this matter, which the federal court, Judge John E. Jones, proved impotent to deal with.  For some unexplained reason Judge Jones would not simply order the Humane Society folks to return the dog, and … Continue Reading ››

From Yardbird.com – Paterno takes the fall

A large part of the legacy of the Penn State/Sandusky scandal has been lost this week with the passing of legendary coach and Penn State benefactor Joe Paterno.  The what he knows and when he knew its and what he should have dones are now forever academic.  We posited that Paterno was, to a degree, a victim of the Penn State/Good old boys network of attorneys, politicians, and judges who have been acculturated to control and conceal institutionally damaging information.  This has been discussed in the Margo Royer matter as well.  All that will be further said at this point is that Pennsylvania has lost a larger-than-life man whose legacy may have been unfairly tarnished by those to whom responsible charge of the information was entrusted. Bill Keisling of Yardbird Books has published a well-researched analysis of the Sandusky scandal in the larger context of the political use of the Office of Attorney General by Governor Tom Corbett, with detailed discussion of the primacy of the bonusgate scandal.  Keisling explores in detail how Corbett dedicated untold resources to the political prosecution of legislators in comparison to the deliberately impotent effort to investigate the Sandusky allegations, and the real costs involved in … Continue Reading ››

Bailey case updates – clients continue to be mistreated on motions to open

Attorneys take cues from the courts and seek sanctions from Bailey client As we brought to you in our update on the Bailey class clients who have filed their own motions to open judgment, Judge A. Richard Caputo denied the motion filed by Deborah Phillis, and the opinion was immediately released into the public domain through a private research service.  Caputo’s Orders in the Miles Thomas and Jeffrey Dock cases were released to the same service.  Another Caputo Order conspicuously came through the same service sanctioning Bailey in the Dave and Pam Morris case, who have filed a motion to open of their own.  Caputo piles on. In accord with the serious developing theme, i.e. the Conklin case and Bailey disciplinary proceedings, none of these Bailey clients are getting due process hearings, or any procedure whatsoever. The first attorneys to take the bait, so-to-speak, come from the Harrisburg law firm of Shumaker Williams, through attorney Michael Rowan, who has filed a Motion for Sanctions sanctions against Deb Phillis, citing a lack of any reasonable basis to her claims that she has suffered prejudice because of who her attorney is that affected her case before Judge … Continue Reading ››

UPDATE: Satori Farm still open as bankruptcy filings stay eviction – thank you occupy movement

As Steve Conklin, his 84 year-old father, family, and around 50 friends from PCRLN and the occupy movement waited and worked in the cold rain and snow, saving whatever remnants of Satori Farm that could be loaded on trucks and put into storage that they could, word was received, about 2:10 p.m., that bankruptcy filings made this morning had automatically stayed the eviction.  No court has granted relief at this point - it is a stay as a matter of law, and is expected to be addressed promptly.  We expect that Conklin will be faced with eviction again soon. Regardless of the thrust of this article - the fact that the eviction was put off - it was a truly inspiring to participate in the effort where those in attendance were united only by their humanity and sense of fairness that lay beneath all the things we experience as Americans, indeed as world citizens.  Food was brought in, labor supplied, and the entire event was webcast live around the world, with viewers as far away as Sweden, France, and Denmark, and the support streamed in, and never let up among those in attendance.  After the stay was announced, one of the … Continue Reading ››

Mariani gets an “F” in Constitutional Law 101 – Steve Conklin and his 84 year-old father to be forcefully evicted by state and local officials who the U.S. Supreme Court defines as lawless

In our Constitutional Law 101 article, we referenced the very simple analysis by which United States District Judge Robert D. Mariani could only reach one conclusion, a conclusion that most of us were first introduced to by the third grade – that in America, property cannot be taken without due process of law, which means a fair and impartial hearing before a fair and impartial tribunal.  Steve Conklin had neither, not even an unfair hearing in a partial tribunal - he had none whatsoever, and his property is scheduled to be taken away, by force, Monday, January 23, 2012.  The Supreme Court of the United States in a case called Hovey v. Elliot, 167 U.S. 409 (1897) instructs that this will be a lawless act.  The new federal judge, and 30 year union attorney, is condoning and fomenting lawlessness by rogue state officials.  This is the only conclusion that can rationally be reached under the law. We talked in prior posts of the skepticism with which we viewed Mariani's eleventh hour grant of the second TRO on January 4, 2012, and the expressed skepticism was the most favorable spin we could put on the move, as there … Continue Reading ››

Racism (unfortunately) still thrives in central Pennsylvania – racist police chief in Harrisburg, 50% black and 70% minority, commonly used “N” word

To follow up on the theme of race discrimination, we reintroduce you to the summary of the Julian Adams v. Harrisburg City Police case, originally posted on July 16, 2011. While our studies will make some suggestions for how the race debate may need to change or be adjusted to reflect cultural development in the time since the passage of the civil rights legislation of the 60s, by no means, as is suggested by some commentators, has the existence of discrimination on the basis of race been eliminated, and we will continue to bring you case examples as evidence that much still needs to be done. The Julian Adams case involved a Harrisburg City Police officer who was effectively terminated based upon a completely manufactured charge that Adams lied under oath. He was later actually terminated when he filed a federal lawsuit.  The Chief of Police of Harrisburg, Charles Kellar, was very close to then-Mayor Steven Reed and is widely-known to be racially insensitive at least – there was evidence that he used the “N” word frequently, for example.  The facts of the case are more specifically set forth in the Brief in Opposition to Summary Judgment filed by … Continue Reading ››

Where is the race debate in these civil rights issues?

In light of the Martin Luther King, Jr, holiday, the issue of race discrimination, which has not been discussed to this point in any detail, is being addressed here.  In the Welcome page, the primary mission of this site was outlined – access to fair courts.  While our early efforts, as specifically stated in the Welcome, have been structured around the case against Don Bailey, and contextual articles related to that effort, we also pointed out that the issue of race discrimination remains a pressing issue in the 21st Century.  Nothing has specifically been addressed to the race issue to this point, however, because 1)  the issue of race (except as to the clients Don Bailey has represented and continues to represent) has not been directly implicated in the proceedings, and 2) the issue of race reflects much broader social and cultural issues that will take significant effort to present in the proper context.  With Martin Luther King day upon us, however, we feel it is appropriate to direct some introductory comments to this most important topic, and one that will remain a focus of our efforts.  Incidentally, Don Bailey was in the U.S. Congress, and voted for Martin … Continue Reading ››

Supreme Courts act in Silent Synchrony – Bailey disciplinary motions Secretly denied – once again no due process!

On August 9, 2011, Don Bailey filed a 20 page King’s Bench Petition with several hundred pages of attachments, raising issues regarding the very integrity of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in light of the kids for cash scandal, and, among other things, the fact that the Supreme Court Disciplinary Board is not duly constituted as a matter of law, the law over which the Supreme Court has exclusive province.  There is only one non-lawyer member of the Board, and there are required to be two, and the one is the brother of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Max Baer.  The Board bringing and prosecuting the charges against Bailey is not able to do so as a matter of law, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (the role of that of the United States to follow), will not even address that among a myriad of other major and supportable issues raised by Bailey.  This is affecting dozens of Bailey clients, and it is unlawful on its face. The August 9, 2011 King’s Bench was dismissed less than 6 business hours after it was filed, and the case was allowed to proceed to the hearings we have discussed generally here as a mockery of due … Continue Reading ››