Friday, October 23, 2009

The LuLac Edition #982, Oct. 23rd, 2009



A story in the Scranton Times implied that Lackawanna County President Judge Chester Harhut said that the next Common pleas Judge would be handling Juvenile cases. Republican Judicial candidate Frank Castellano touted his experience working with young offenders. Political observers see this as a leg up for the Castellano candidacy since the signal, if true seems to be going out that the new Judge would be dealing with cases in an area where Castellano is currently working. But here’s the curious thing, back in May during the Judicial debate/forum at Scranton University, then candidate James Tierney
Said before he decided to run for Judge, he met with all of the Judges and primarily President Judge Chester Harhut to see where the need was in the system. He was told that civil cases were at a dangerous backlog. Citing his experience as a civil attorney, Tierney made the point that if he was elected and assigned to the civil division, his background would serve the voters well. So in the primary Harhut indicated that civil cases would have the greatest backlog. Tierney had a close relationship with Harhut. Now the President Judge did a turnaround and now says the new Judge will be assigned to Juvenile Court. My question is did that civil backlog he talked about in May disappear and who should we give credit to for that great feat. I know Margie Bisignani Moyle would like to know.
Source: LuLac Edition #807, May 6th, 2009.


He’s back and this time he’s going for the Scranton Mayoral brass ring a third time. He spelled his name out for the crowd and asked for their support. The former councilman is running a write-in campaign for mayor. "While the challenges of a write-in campaign are many, so are the challenges we face today in Scranton, and both can be overcome," said DiBileo in a report in the Scranton Times. Mr. DiBileo was defeated for the Democratic and Republican nominations for mayor in May's primary election, with incumbent Democrat Mayor Chris Doherty garnering both. DiBileo’s big issues include the city's distressed status and high taxes - property taxes, more jobs, public safety concerns such as gang activity and the need for a mayor willing to work with City Council. DiBileo assured his listeners he only is interested in winning election to Scranton's top spot.


Final preparations are under way for the LuLac Political Letter Controller’s Forum/Debate at Bentley, Route 309 in Ashley Monday Oct. 26th, 7 to 9PM. The event is open to the public and all three candidates Republican Walter Griffiith, Robert Morgan and Wil Toole will participate.


The two candidates for Pennsylvania’s highest court faced questions on pay raises, campaign funding and judicial conduct in the first debate of their statewide race. Jack Panella and Joan Orie Melvin are competing for a single opening on the state Supreme Court. They debated at Temple University’s law school in Philadelphia on Thursday, less than two weeks before the election. Melvin is a 53-year-old Republican from the Pittsburgh suburb of Wexford. She is a state Superior Court judge. Panella is a 54-year-old Democrat from Easton. He is also a Superior Court judge. The two are competing for the seat vacated by Chief Justice Ralph Cappy, who retired last year. His replacement, Justice Jane Cutler Greenspan, agreed not to seek a full 10-year term. Joan Orie Melvin has made a few campaign stops to this area. (Edited 10-23-09:8:48AM).


The People's Republic of China explodes an atomic bomb in Sinkiang.........The NY World's Fair closes for the year (it reopens April 21, 1965).....The film version of the hit Broadway stage musical My Fair Lady premieres in New York City. The movie stars Audrey Hepburn in the role of Eliza Dolittle and Rex Harrison repeating his stage performance as Professor Henry Higgins, and which will win him his only Academy Award for Best Actor. The film will win seven other Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but Audrey Hepburn will not be nominated. Critics interpret this as a rebuke to Jack L. Warner for choosing Ms Hepburn over Julie Andrews.......

In the closing days of the 1964 Presidential election President Lyndon Johnson embarks on a whirlwind campaign tour across America’s major cities........A few members of the Pennsylvania National Guard get back from their work in Florida during the Hurricane Dora emergency.......Paul Kepner, 68 from Houston Texas arrives in Nanticoke by bike to see his family the Drapers and from Trucksville the Drehoffs. He is o his way to the World’s Fair after making the long trek....and 45 years ago the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was “Summer Song” (In the fall???? Hey this was the British Invasion and anything went!!!) by Chad and Jeremy.


At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you hear that Panella did nothing? I watched what Muroski said, what the Conduct Board said and what the US Attorney said. There is no truth to what you wrote. I gained a real interest in this after reading Gort and Lehigh Valley Ramblings. The facts are present, Lokuta's complaint was about case assignments, not kids for cash. It is times to get facts straight here. Not what a candidate is saying.

At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On this Harhut guy, is he using his position to try and influence an election? FBI are you reading??

At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julie Ever the Lady Andrews recorded an Album in Nashville
years ago. When asked her impressions of the South she said it was the only place she'd been where shit was a two syllable word!
And she was right.

At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Your Bi Female Fan said...

Jane Orie Melvin is kind of cute. What kind of figure is she hiding under that robe?

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very good question. Why was the position civil for Tierney and now slated as juvenile, the only place that Castellano has any experience? It would appear that Bisignani-Moyle has upset the apple cart in Lackawanna County and the good old boy network is scrambling in an attempt to save their status quo. Shame on them. Just another reason to vote for Bisignani-Moyle.

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of facts, here is a real kicker, Controller Candidate made a real rag out of Griffith's campaign report mistakes. Are you ready for this? Morgan filed his current report today and had a whole 15 minutes to spare. Wonder what he was afraid of? Bet he never figured that Piazza would get it posted for the weekend. Anyway, here is a chance for Griffith to get a little payback. Morgan, the finance expert who found fault with Griffith's inability to file a simple report made his own booboo. He filed a $10,000 loan he made to his committee and filed it on Schedule "E" which is used for refunds and such things. Bobby apparently also has a problem following simple instructions. His loan should have been filed under contributions in excess of $250 and more. I bet Bobby will blame his campaign treasurer but bottom line, Bobby signed the report which is nothing less than attesting to the report's completeness and accuracy. Go get um Walter. This is going to be fun.

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

heard you on sue henry's show. you are very good in terms of talking about politics, especially on the local level.

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems short-sighted to drive things for juvenile cases. What happens down the road if other judges retire or move on to other things? With Castellano, we would then be left with a one-trick pony who only knows juvenile cases, who is then learning on the job when it comes to felonies, civil litigation and so on.

I believe Moyle is the far better candidate as she has the depth, breadth and preparation to support far more needs in the courtroom down the road.


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