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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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 first federal case
, 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 ››
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 ››
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 ››
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 PCRLN call out to Senators Casey and Toomey
, 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 ››
Roger Snyder is a 3-time elected Republican West Donegal Township Commissioner in rural western Lancaster County. In 2007, Roger became the target of a raw political power grab from some old time local gadflies and political operatives - a chief of police and some of his cohorts - in the style of Tamany Hall meets Mayberry. This “clan” was able to orchestrate a complaint to the state ethics commission on the eve of the 2007 elections, and arranged for the release of the charge publicly so it could be used in campaign materials, in the hope of unseating Roger. Roger, however, did win the election, and was completely vindicated after a hearing before the state ethics commission of all the bogus charges against him. Roger sued the local politicos who orchestrated the plan along with officials with the ethics commission who became complicit with them, and his case remains pending.
Roger’s case tells a parallel story related to the treatment of his attorneys in this case, and he was a witness at the Bailey hearing. Judge Kane was originally assigned to the case, and the case was reassigned to Judge Lawrence Stengel, of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and a former … Continue Reading ››
While incarcerated in the Snyder County Prison on April 17th, 2007, twenty-nine year-old Jeremy Wayne Dock was beaten by guards and/or others while in protective custody for "his own safety." Former Snyder County District Attorney Michael Sholley, current District Attorney Michael Piecuch, Coroner Bruce Hummel, Prison Board Solicitor Robert Cravitz, PSP Trooper Richard Blair and Dr. Barbara Bollinger (the county's hired pathologist) insist he committed suicide by hanging himself with a bed sheet. In our opinion (and based on the limited information they've given us access to); we strongly disagree with their consensus!
The previous summer, Jeremy was coerced by Snyder County Probation, Officer Kerry Davis into working as a confidential informant for Gary Heckman, an agent from the PA Attorney General's Office. He was released from jail for the explicit purpose of making controlled drug purchases and did as they requested throughout the summer. As summer ended Jeremy was expected to make buys from Jay, a heroin dealer in Allentown, which he refused to do because he feared retaliation. Jeremy became unproductive for them, so he was again incarcerated at the Snyder County Prison on probation/ parole violations for a supposed 'hot urinalysis' test.
Jeremy's girlfriend contacted Gary Heckman to ask for his help. … Read More
In this case of the homeless man and his dog, Judge Jones threw out 2 federal cases where the man had his dog stolen by some humane society folks. The case went through two injunction hearings, and Thom Lewis became a real issue and obstacle, despite being a competent and dedicated collie rescue. For some strange reason, the humane society folks, who are believed to be connected to defendants in the Lewis case, as well as to a local news channel personality, would not simply give the man his dog back. Mr. Thomas was originally represented by Andrew Ostrowski, who fought the humane society and the lawyers, and even the judge, and ultimately got the dog returned to Thomas. Judge Jones, nevertheless, dismissed the two cases. Mr. Bailey is representing Thomas in the appeals. Many of the connections that were the basis of the allegations of Bailey in the Lewis case were revealed throught the bizarre handling of the Thomas case.
Motion for Reconsideration
Motion for Summary Relief
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 Mayor was involved at the time with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in an ongoing inquiry into alleged racial problems in the police department under Kellar, all of which was revealed during discovery. Judge Jones would not, however, permit even the deposition of Reed, and although Adams' case was allowed to go to trial, the developing circumstances as reflected throughout this site caused him to settle his case for minimal value without going to trial.
Motion to Compel Sanctions
Brief Opp Summary Judgment
The gravamen of this complaint is an attempt by some American citizens, and a Pennsylvania borough, to redress egregious violations of their rights by a group of private persons, with the connivance of state officials and entities. These defendants covet billions of dollars worth of extremely valuable anthracite coal which lies beneath the surface of the Borough of Centralia.
These persons and entities, by and through political connections and the manipulation of governmental agencies and entities, are, among other things, illegally taking the property of the plaintiffs through the unlawful use of government police power.
The original government pretense, if indeed it was ever legitimate, has long since expired. In short the purported “Centralia Mine Fire” which allegedly threatened the Borough of Centralia no longer provides, or never did provide, a viable explanation for the application of government power (exercise of eminent domain) and the taking of these American citizens’ property.
Plaintiffs allege that their rights are being violated by abusive government officials and entities, in concert with private persons, and that they have been exploited by the defendants to accomplish their unlawful ends.
The persistent efforts of this private/government enterprise have resulted in a massive and continuing fraud reflective of both civil and … Continue Reading ››