New Nancy Drew Mystery for Lower Merion Township

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This is going to be a who is on first Nancy Drew Mystery kind of thing.

So once upon a time there was this judge named Robert C. Daniels. I know nothing about him, only heard about him a couple years ago when he died. You see his obituary noted cause of death in the obituary as a fall down the stairs at a friend's house. The friend lived in Bryn Mawr. As in Lower Merion Township.

Here:

Robert C. Daniels, 73, of Villanova, former superior court judge.
By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: October 05, 2011

Robert C. Daniels, 73, of Villanova, a former Superior Court judge and former chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, died Monday, Oct. 3, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from head injuries suffered in a fall at a friend's home Saturday.

Judge Daniels, a lawyer with more than 40 years experience in civil trial and appellate litigation, was appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell in 2007 to serve an unexpired term on the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Since leaving the court in 2008, he had been with the firm of Elliot Greenleaf in Philadelphia.

So one would think that was the end of it.... until very recently. Until the news broke in The Legal Intellegencer and The Philadelphia Inquirer and elsewhere that the late Judge's family and/or his estate was suing the friend in whose house he met his untimely demise.

Here:

Family of former Pa. judge sue attorney and catering firm in his death By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: March 15, 2013

The widow and children of Robert C. Daniels, a former Pennsylvania Superior Court judge and chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, have sued prominent lawyer Sherrie R. Savett and a Philadelphia catering company, charging negligence in his death.

The suit, filed Tuesday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, says Daniels was attending a party at Savett's Bryn Mawr home to celebrate the engagement of her daughter when he fell down a flight of stairs to the basement and cracked his head.

An ambulance took Daniels to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he died two days later, on Oct. 3, 2011. He was 73.

Daniels' wife, Diane, witnessed the accident, according to the suit. The house was crowded and a basement door was open, the suit said, when a member of the "catering staff suddenly and without warning barreled out of the kitchen area" close to Daniels. He fell backward down 12 steps when he could not grasp the handrail. The suit claimed that the engagement party continued uninterrupted after the fall.

Three months after the accident, the floor plans to Savett's home were removed from the Lower Merion Township's Building and Planning Department and the signature of the individual who checked out the plans had been whited out, the suit said. Those plans had not been returned, it said.

Harry G. Mahoney, Savett's attorney, said Wednesday that "this was a terrible accident but it wasn't Sherrie's fault." Daniels and Savett "were close friends. She was very upset that he fell, as was everyone else," Mahoney said.

So, ok wow this is going to be ugly. Will this be the case of the connected suing the connected? After all Ms. Savett is connected right? She is a managing partner at an extremely prestigious law firm, right? An amazing attorney by all accounts and whip smart? And wasn't she married to a political player who has played all sides of the aisle named Bob Rovner? (click on this to see a cute photo taken at The Piazza at Schmidt's opening a couple years ago on the society blog Philly Chit Chat.) Ms. Savett also seems to do a lot of charity work and is found often in society pages, on society blogs and in the Jewish Exponent. And wow is the attorney mentioned as hers? is this the Harry Mahoney as in a/k/a Hank Mahoney former commissioner in Radnor???

Only the interested parties know what is going on here, and truthfully there is only ONE thing that made me post this: the thing in the paper about plans for her home getting signed out of Lower Merion Township and not only mysteriously disappearing but NO ONE seems to know who signed them out and WHY?

Is it just me or does that seem a little strange? Wonder what Township Manager Doug Cleland has to say? Is this something really ugly in Lower Merion that could be uncovered by this litigation as some sort of by-product?

The law suit will be on public display because of the players, what I want to know is who in Lower Merion Township allowed those plans to be signed out, where they went, and who they were signed out to? Why have those plans disappeared or does this happen all the time?

Here is the quote from The Philadelphia Inquirer again:

....Three months after the accident, the floor plans to Savett's home were removed from the Lower Merion Township's Building and Planning Department and the signature of the individual who checked out the plans had been whited out, the suit said. Those plans had not been returned, it said.

Here is more press on this whole odd thing:

ABA Law Journal:
Tort Law
Former judge’s family sues over his fatal fall at party hosted by securities class action lawyer
Posted Mar 14, 2013 8:55 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

A prominent securities class action lawyer is facing a lawsuit by the estate of a former Pennsylvania judge who died after falling down the stairs during a party at the lawyer's home.

The family of former Judge Robert Daniels filed the suit on Tuesday in Philadelphia court, the Legal Intelligencer (reg. req.) and the Philadelphia Inquirer report. The defendants include managing shareholder Sherrie Savett of Berger & Montague and the catering company providing food at an Oct. 1, 2011, engagement party for Savett’s daughter.

Daniels, 73, joined Philadelphia firm Elliot Greenleaf in 2008 after serving on the court for a year as a result of an appointment to fill an unexpired term, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer obituary.

Family of Pennsylvania judge sues attorney over fatal fall during party at her home

By Amaris Elliott-Engel All Articles

The Legal Intelligencer

March 14, 2013

....Savett's personal counsel, Harry G. Mahoney of Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North, said, "Judge Daniels' death was an unfortunate accident. Ms. Savett and Judge Daniels were very close friends but Ms. Savett was not responsible for the accident. Judge Daniels was attending a party at Ms. Savett's home and he was attempting to put some dishes on a shelf inside of a stairway leading to the basement when he lost his balance and fell."....The complaint also alleges that the party was continued even after Daniels was taken to the hospital, and that emergency responders were directed to the back of the property through the side yard "in an apparent effort not to disturb the ongoing party.".....

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....Three months after the accident, the floor plans to Savett's home were removed from the Lower Merion Township's Building and Planning Department and the signature of the individual who checked out the plans had been whited out, the suit said. Those plans had not been returned, it said.

Regardless of these legal allegations, this is what is most disturbing for LM residents:

This never ends under Cleland's "leadership".

Bonuses to township employees where the record of commissioners approving them can't be found (and nobody knows who approved these bonuses)... police reports and arrest affidavits fabricated and based on lies... police dash cams "malfunctioning" or the tapes going missing anytime someone complains about LMPD misconduct or an unarmed citizen is shot and killed by the LMPD... Business privilege taxes going uncollected for years, yet it is nobody's fault and no documentation is found pointing to fault...

The list goes on and on. And now this. What it all points to in my view is Cleland being a corrupt and/or incompetent township manager who, IMO, endorses, condones and approves of township documents being altered or secretly removed to cover-up township misconduct.

And, it appears the commissioners endorse, condone and approve of this as they turn a blind eye.

There can be no doubt Lower Merion government is beyond redemption as long as Cleland and the majority of commissioners run this mess know as LMT government that I see as unethical, immoral and criminal.

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Brotherhood of Thieves ~ As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.

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