PCRLN, Borough of Centralia, and Past and Current Residents Petition Attorney General Kathleen Kane for Investigation of Fraudulent Mine Fires
The Borough of Centralia, Pennsylvania, along with some of its past and current remaining residents, and the Pennsylvania Civil Rights Law Network have filed a formal petition to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to conduct a formal investigation into allegations of fraud and public corruption regarding the mine fires that have allegedly burned beneath the Borough of Centralia for decades, but which are, in reality, a total sham and fraud, involving Pennsylvania politicians and lawyers over decades.
It is believed, and has been alleged, that the real objective has been to gain access to a coal vein, known as the "mammoth" vein, which contains billions of dollars worth of some of the purest anthracite coal in the world. Scientists who have studied the area know that the fires are not, and never were, the threat that they were represented to be, but the courts, including the federal courts in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, have avoided efforts to address these obvious issues.
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first federal case
We sadly announce the passing of Miles Thomas at the Holy Spirit Hospital on Wednesday, February 15, 2102, at the age of 75. John Luciew of the Patriot followed the
, and the reunion, and published an article in the Patriot News
announcing Miles’ death, and giving a kind tribute to Miles, and his efforts to be reunited with his dog named Baron. John did a great job covering what was a very real and uncomplicated public interest story, and Miles remained specifically grateful to John until the end.
Miles lived the most dignified of lives by all measures. Miles had a successful career as a stockbroker and investment banker, and was a devoted husband. He was a member of the Harrisburg School Board who was known for his commitment to the community, and served for years on the Dauphin County Republican committee. Miles spent the last of his life’s saving’s, including his house and most of his personal possessions, in the care of his wife of many years, who had suffered with alzheimers until her death.
After his wife’s passing, Miles had experienced brief periods of homelessness, living, at times, out of his car, with his collie … Continue Reading ››
case of Miles Thomas
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
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 ››
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 ››
PCRLN call out to Senators Casey and Toomey
In what is truly a tragic saga involving a father’s involvement in domestic relations proceedings in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, Andrew Kundratic, who has lost over five years of his relationship with his daughter, against both their wills, has sued his former lawyers and that of his ex-wife in federal court, claiming their manipulation and abuse of the courts to gain political advantages and to retaliate against him in violation of his constitutional rights. We introduced Andrew's first case generally in the
, and he is represented by Don Bailey.
The divorce case, in which Andrew was represented by Luzerne County attorneys, was proceeding during the time that former Luzerne County Judges Conahan and Ciavarella were being prosecuted in the federal courts for masterminding the kids-for-cash scandal that rocked the legal world, but somehow has fallen quickly silent. Three of the defendants in the case, attorneys Lumbis, Gartley, and Shucosky, were running for election to the seats vacated by Conahan and Ciavarella, who were convicted and sentenced on criminal corruption charges. Gartley, who was plaintiff’s wife’s attorney, won the election, and is now sitting as a Luzerne County Judge.
Gartley also … Continue Reading ››