The LuLac Edition #1720, August 15th, 2011
PHOTO INDEX: REPUBLICAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY CANDIDATE STEFANIE SALAVANTIS AND STORM POLITICS HOST TIFFANY CLOUD.
Mark Ciavarella gets investigated, arrested, convicted and sentenced in a time line of 4 years. The Luzerne County District Attorney’s office remains in the hands of the Democratic party. Dave Lupas moves on to the Common Pleas Court bench and Jackie Musto Carroll becomes District Attorney. Both have landslide victories. Then the proverbial stuff hits the fan. Fast forward to 2011. For whatever reason the Luzerne County GOP, fresh from a dual win in the last county wide election of Republicans Walter Griffith and Carolee Medico (albeit candidates the powers that be didn’t like or endorse) fails to field a candidate for the District Attorneys office. An old reliable like Attorney Tom Marsillio have gone on to the Democratic party. Or maybe it’s just that no one asked any of the eligible Republican attorneys in the county to run. During the 2011 primary the Democrats decide they want to win a dual nomination for Jackie Musto Carroll. The GOP sleeping (and I use the term erroneously if not kindly) giants awaken and say, “not so fast my friend” and mount a write in campaign for one Stefanie Salavantis. Salavantis wins the GOP primary proving that when the Republican party sets their mind on something, they could actually pull it off. So on the day after the primary, there is a contested race for District Attorney. Then come those lazy hazy crazy days of summer, like Nat King Cole used to sing about. Those were the days of popcorn pretzels and beer. Then comes August 11th. A rude interruption but one of finishing business that started in the cold days of February. Mark Ciavarella is sentenced. Case closed right? Not really because people start to question the fact that this one little guy could not have acted alone. There had to be a few people in the District Attorney’s office, like the District Attorneys themselves that had to notice something, right? Since the sentencing, the political maneuvering has ratcheted up. First Stefanie Salavantis issues a statement saying that there needs to be a total restoration of integrity in the DA’s office. She said the same thing at the 6th District Summer outing. I heard the buzz words she was using and I thought, “game on”. Then last week Salavantis takes a very prominent role in political godfather Pat Salano’s outing. Solano doesn’t have parties on a whim, his get togethers always have purpose. On Salavantis’ FAcebook page are photos of her with every GOP big whig, a luxury the aforementioned Griffith and Medico were never accorded. The message is clear, Stephanie is our choice and we’re going to fight. Then this afternoon the Young Republicans issue this statement.
On August 11, 2011, the former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella was sentenced to 28 years in prison for his involvement in the “Kids for Cash” scandal. Ciavarella abused his judicial powers, thereby corrupting the juvenile court system in Luzerne County and destroying many young lives along the way.
Ciavarella’s criminal actions, however, could have been, and more importantly, would have been prevented had the elected officials of Luzerne County done their jobs. The Luzerne County court system, when run properly, provides checks and balances to prevent the abuse of power. Several of Luzerne County’s elected officials failed to perform their required duties, which would have prevented, or at a minimum, significantly limited the destruction caused by Ciavarella. District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll, who was the First Assistant District Attorney at that time, failed to perform the duties she owed to the residents of Luzerne County.
The Luzerne County Young Republicans hereby call for the removal of Jackie Musto Carroll from the office of the District Attorney of Luzerne County.
On May 27, 2010, the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice issued a report on the “Kids for Cash” scandal, detailing the “total collapse” of every “check and balance” in the Luzerne County Court system. Commission Chairman John M. Cleland, a senior judge on the Superior Court, blamed, among others, the current District Attorney, Jackie Musto Carroll, who “stood by and abdicated” her responsibility as a prosecutor. The report further concluded that Musto Carroll “demonstrated no initiative, interest, or concern with what was occurring in juvenile court.”
The Commission’s conclusions can be summed up by Musto Carroll’s own admission during her testimony, that she had never set foot in a juvenile court throughout her entire career.
Musto Carroll’s complete disregard for the minors placed in Luzerne County’s juvenile court system runs entirely contrary to her duty as the District Attorney to “safeguard the public.” The residents of Luzerne County need a fresh start in order to re-establish trust in the court system. As Luzerne County attempts to move forward, leaving its scandal-plagued past behind, the residents deserve that all of the parties who contributed, either through commission or omission, to the “Kids for Cash” scandal, be removed from office. District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll’s admitted negligence contributed to Ciavarella’s criminal and unethical activities and therefore warrants her removal from office.
After that release came the news that Salavantis is going up on TV this week with WYLN’s Tiffany Cloud. Here’s that release:
If you thought the race for Luzerne County District Attorney wouldn't be that exciting...guess again...
All indications are that DA Candidate Stefanie Salavantis is mounting enormous support. For those who wonder if political newcomer Salavantis is up for the task of taking on such a well-known political name in Musto Caroll...just wait until you see this interview!
TUNE IN TO STORM POLITICS, WYLN TV THIS WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17th 8PM TO WATCH THE FIRST SIT DOWN TELEVISED INTERVIEW WITH CANDIDATE FOR LUZERNE COUNTY DA, STEFANIE SALAVANTIS.
If you are out of the viewing area, you can livestream online this Wed 8PM @ WYLNTV.com. Additional airtimes: Thursday 8/18 @ 9:30PM, Sat 5PM, Sun 11AM, Mon 9PM, Tues 4:30PM. Please encourage your friends to all tune in as...
a political storm is coming...
No kidding. It will be a storm. The Republican party for whatever reason has decided they want the DA’s office. While most people want to forget the name Ciavarella, I’m afraid to report that won’t happen until after the General Election in November. While Mark Ciavarella sits in jail looking for his next home away from home, his name will be bandied about in just one more election. Unintended consequences sometimes beget political opportunities.