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DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I LEAK

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille was troubled enough by Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaking information from a grand jury investigating the former Philadelphia NAACP leader Whyatt Mondesire that he authorized a special grand jury investigation into the matter.
Yet, it appears that Castille has leaked secret information about this new grand jury examining Kane:
“Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille told reporters that some of the documents in question constituted grand jury material, which would be confidential…. Questioned by reporters at the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering in New York, Castille countered that at least one of the documents that appeared in the Daily News story should have been confidential. ‘It was a detective's statement,’ said Castille, speaking to two reporters at the Metropolitan Club.” (Philadelphia Inquirer 12/14/14)
So, because of grand jury secrecy rules, there is a detective’s statement that Kane should not have provided the Daily News. If she is precluded from revealing it because it is secret, then how can Castille discuss it?
Furthermore, would not Castille’s revelation that the detective statement is at the center of the new grand jury investigation be a further violation of grand jury secrecy rules?
The law is incredibly clear that Castille is violating the law because discussing anything in a grand jury is verboten:
“All evidence, including exhibits and all testimony presented to the grand jury, is subject to grand jury secrecy, and no person may disclose any matter occurring before the grand jury, except…Defendant in a Criminal Case…[and] A grand jury witness may disclose his or her testimony”. (PA Code Rule 556.10)
We suppose that Castille could say that he is not violating the secrecy rules because he wasn’t sworn in as part of the Mondesire grand jury proceedings.  Fair enough, but that in turn raises further questions.
First, how much different would this excuse be than Kane’s for leaking information from the Mondesire grand jury:
“Reading prepared remarks, [Kane] acknowledged that her office had released information, but said it did so ‘in a way that did not violate statutory or case law regarding grand jury secrecy.’….’Nothing she said suggested in any way that she committed a crime - because she didn't commit a crime. She didn't cross any ethical line," said Gerald Shargel, a New York City criminal defense lawyer.” (Philadelphia Inquirer 11/19/14)
It sounds like Shargel’s interpretation of the law is based on his reading of Title 42 which seems to give Kane wiggle room from Rule 556.10 given that she was not part of the Mondesire grand jury, and consequently, not sworn into secrecy:
“a juror, attorney, interpreter, stenographer, operator of a recording device, or any typist who transcribes recorded testimony may disclose matters occurring before the grand jury only when so directed by the court. All such persons shall be sworn to secrecy, and shall be in contempt of court if they reveal any information which they are sworn to keep secret.” (Title 42 Subchapter D Section 4549)
If this interpretation also applies to Castille openly discussing that the detective’s statement was at the center of the grand jury investigating Kane, then who leaked to him the information that the detective’s statement was at the center of its investigation?
Who has the authority over the Chief Justice to authorize a grand jury to investigate the leaks from a grand jury that is investigating leaks from a grand jury?
Categories: Philadelphia

#PA6: Obvious Thing Happens

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:36
The job little Jiminy Gerlach has been trying out for this whole time is finally his. In Congress, he fought against health insurance expansion and for unaffordable corporate tax breaks. And now...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

More changes proposed for Ardmore's Cricket Avenue

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:24
ARDMORE >> More change may be on the way for Ardmore’s Cricket Avenue, where a number of residents are already worried that the character of their street and neighborhood are threatened by redevelopment.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion board adopts 2015 township budget with no tax increase

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:10
ARDMORE >> With two additions, Lower Merion commissioners voted 9-5 Monday night to adopt a 2015 budget that sets General Fund spending next year at $60.58 million, about 2.5 percent higher than in 2014.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore RevitalizationPa. authorizes grants for Ardmore Cricket Lot, train station projects

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:07
ARDMORE >> A key piece of the complex puzzle that Lower Merion Township’s plans for Ardmore revitalization have become is now in place.
Categories: Lower Merion

Veteran's Court Judge: Stone did not display violent tendencies

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:07
COURTHOUSE >> The judge who oversees Montgomery County’s Veteran’s Court said Thursday the 35-year-old Iraq war veteran found to have killed six people in Montgomery County on Monday did not display violent tendencies.
Categories: Lower Merion

PHOTO: Baby born at Bryn Mawr Hospital on 12-13-14 at 15:16 military time

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:37
Every baby is unique, right? New King of Prussia parents Christopher and Christina Biele welcomed their new baby boy, Colin Alexander, on Saturday, Dec. 13, or 12-13-14, and at 3:16 or 15:16 military time.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: Burglary on school property

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:21
Burglary on school property>> Lower Merion police say someone forced their way into the rectory of the former St. Justin Martyr Church that is now owned by the Lower Merion School District adjacent to Welsh Valley Middle School sometime between Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 6:18 a.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Police: 1 of 3 arrested for shoplifting at Bala Cynwyd Lord and Taylor

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 13:21
Lower Merion police arrested and charged Natasha Robinson, 29, of the 5000 block of Pine Street in Philadelphia with retail theft after police say she attempted to take three purses from the Lord and Taylor store in Bala Cynwyd Dec. 10. The three bags were valued at $964.
Categories: Lower Merion

In Wake of Tragic Bus Accident, a Reminder of Pa.'s School Bus Laws

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:34
A Bensalem teenager boarding a school bus was struck and killed Wednesday by a driver who failed to stop for the bus, authorities said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Attention Shoppers: Protesters Planning 'Die In' Event at KOP

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:18
“Demonstrations are not permitted on mall property,” the King of Prussia Mall says.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore RevitalizationPa. authorizes grants for Ardmore Cricket Lot, train station projects

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 11:09
ARDMORE >> A key piece of the complex puzzle that Lower Merion Township’s plans for Ardmore revitalization have become is now in place.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Seeking Historic Preservation Consultant Services

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-12-18 10:45
The current consultant is retiring.
Categories: Lower Merion

Custody battle possibly spurred Bradley Stone to kill

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 10:38
LANSDALE >> As police officers and Montgomery County detectives commenced the manhunt Monday for Bradley William Stone, 35, an Iraq War veteran who allegedly killed his ex-wife and five members of her family Monday morning in a shooting spree, some details began to emerge about Stone.
Categories: Lower Merion

More changes proposed for Ardmore's Cricket Avenue

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 09:55
ARDMORE >> More change may be on the way for Ardmore’s Cricket Avenue, where a number of residents are already worried that the character of their street and neighborhood are threatened by redevelopment.
Categories: Lower Merion

Shop for the Best Electronics This Holiday With the Patch 2014 Tech Gift Guide

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-12-18 09:30
Discover the latest gadgets for the best prices.
Categories: Lower Merion

$1.3M Montgomery School Lane Home for Sale in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-12-18 09:17
Find other properties for sale in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Suburban Square's Saint James bistro to close Dec. 30, reopen

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 08:31
ARDMORE >> The Saint James, the “new American bistro” that opened in late 2012 as the centerpiece of a renovated central courtyard at Ardmore’s Suburban Square, will serve its final meals before 2014 is rung out.
Categories: Lower Merion

Police arrest 8 in warrant sweep on the Main Line

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 08:31
Multiple Main Line police departments Tuesday announced the arrests of eight people on outstanding warrants after they responded to letters telling them they were due money. All they had to do was to call for an appointment and show up at a storefront office.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bradley Stone's manner of death inconclusive; cause of death released for victims

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-12-18 07:53
NORRISTOWN >> Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Walter Hofman said Wednesday the 35-year-old Iraq War veteran who killed his ex-wife and five of her family members did not die from self-inflicted stab wounds.
Categories: Lower Merion