In an article in the March 15, 2005Lancaster New Era the following was stated: "District Attorney Donald Totaro said today he received President Judge Louis J. Farina's permission to convene an investigating grand jury in February."The article also states, "For the third time in local history, an investigating grand jury has been convened in LancasterCounty."
In an editorial in the August 15, 2001 issue of the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal regarding the empanelling of a grand jury by District Attorney Donald Totaro in August of 2001, it states: "This is a powerful tool to be used only as a last resort by prosecutors faced with difficult unsolved crimes." "...the criminal justice system here works in full view of the public.It's a lot safer that way for both the innocent and the guilty."
I believe the citizens of Lancaster have a right to the answers to the following questions regarding the grand jury:
~ What reasons did you have to give the District Attorney permission to empanel a grand jury?
~ Aren't two grand juries within four years highly unusual?
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President Judge Louis J. Farina
March 30, 2005
~ Does this mean there is a serious crime problem the citizens are currently unaware of? Should the citizens of LancasterCounty be worried?
~ How much will this cost the taxpayers of LancasterCounty?
~ How long and how often do you anticipate the grand jury meeting?
~ Does this involve any recent murders?If so, shouldn't outside help be called in to solve those murders before a grand jury is empanelled?
~ Isn't this an expensive and lengthy process to try and solve very recent murders with two killers on the loose in the community?
~ Shouldn't the state Attorney General's Office be brought in first to offer assistance?
~ When and how will the taxpayers know the results of this grand jury?
I appreciate your time and consideration on this very serious matter.I will contact you tomorrow by phone for your response to these questions.
Editor, LIP News
This email just in: "I was at the Red Rose yesterday over lunch and I saw a woman with a name tag that said, 'Grand Jury Witness.'Here's her name and number.Do I win?Do I win?Do I win?P.S.I don't want to have dinner with you.Can you mail me a check and my press credential?Thanks."
Very funny,Dr. Fraud.We've talked about this.Your piece runs on Friday.Don't email me again.
UPDATE - LET'S CALL THE JUDGE 3-29-05
I called President Judge Louis J. Farina's office at I asked for Judge Farina and the woman who answered the phone (I'll ask her name tomorrow) asked who I was.She said, "You called yesterday."Yes, I told her I had.She said that Judge Farina was in a conference right then but she told him earlier I had called and she said, "I know he said there's not any information he can give you at all."
Now, there has to be some information he can give.This is America and taxpayer's money.So I agreed with her that I would make a list of my questions and fax them to him tomorrow morning.I will then give him a chance to review the questions and I will call his office Thursday morning.
Now, if you have a question for the Judge, please email it to me.I will post the entire fax to Judge Farina tomorrow morning.My initial list of questions is a follows:
~ Why did he give the District Attorney permission to empanel a grand jury?Isn't two grand juries within four years highly unusual and costly?
~ How much will this cost the taxpayers of LancasterCounty?
~ Does this mean there is a serious crime problem and should the citizens of LancasterCounty be worried?
~ What successes did the grand jury of 2001 have?
~ How long does he anticipate the grand jury will sit?
~ Does this involve any recent murders?If so, shouldn't outside help be called in before a grand jury is empanelled?Isn't this an expensive and lengthy process to try and solve very recent murders?What about the fact that there are two killers on the loose?
Again, if you have any questions for the judge email me and they will be added anonymously to the above list and faxed in to Judge Farina tomorrow.
~ A LOOK AT "TARGET:UNSOLVED MYSTERIES" BY JANET KELLEY IN THE NEW ERA, MARCH 15, 2005 will come tomorrow. Janet Kelley has been a reporter since I left Lancaster almost 25 years ago.This is Donald Totaro's second grand jury.So who is responsible for the big, fat lie?
~ COMING THURSDAY - A LOOK AT "CUSTODY FIGHT BEGINS OVER FRY BABY" BY BRETT LOVELACE IN THE INTELL.
~ ***REVIEW - "Harper has made a difference" by Patricia Poist in the Sunday News,March 27, 2005 is now posted Here.
UPDATE - LET'S CALL THE JUDGE 3-28-05
At this morning I placed a call to Judge Farina's office (717-295-3525).The woman who answered the phone said Judge Farina "will not be in the office today."I asked her about tomorrow and she said she expected him.She said a good time to call would be late morning or early afternoon - so we will place a call tomorrow.
LET'S CALL THE JUDGE!
Yes indeed and why not?Tomorrow LIP News will call President Judge Louis J. Farina and ask him why he gave District Attorney Donald Totaro permission to convene an investigating grand jury.Wow.Check back tomorrow.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DONALD TOTARO?
- CONTEST RULES -
FIND THE GRAND JURY
~ Witnesses are the only ones "allowed" to talk.Therefore, to prove there really is a grand jury and win, you must find a witness who has testified or will testify.Be the first to send me an email with a way to contact said witness and, once verified, you win!!
~ What do you win?Dinner with the LIP staff at the McDonalds on East King Street and a handmade, laminated LIP press credential that says, "Don't give me your LIP."
~ How do you find said witness?Some helpful suggestions:
1.Follow District Attorney Donald Totaro everywhere he goes.Never let him out of your sight.
2.Hang out at the courthouse and look for 23 people to enter the same room at the same time.
3.If there's a Lancaster Newspaper reporter hanging around, you're in the wrong place.Start over.
4.Follow Donald Totaro everywhere he goes.Never let him out of your sight.
5.Make nice with the courtroom folks.Take them coffee and donuts for a week and then ask, "Where's the grand jury?"If they give you blank stares, ask "Is there a grand jury?"
6.Follow Donald Totaro everywhere he goes.Never let him out of your sight.
Note - LIP staff, their families, relatives, friends, enemies and casual acquaintances are not eligible to enter.(Stop whining.)