The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 3, 2013

Stay involved in local government

At the April 10, 2013 Public Meeting of the Northumberland County Commissioners, during one of his increasingly common public tirades, Commissioner Vinny Clausi referenced my previously published open letter to county citizens regarding the circumstances surrounding Mr. Clausi's destruction of his county-owned computer hard drive. He also stated that in the week preceding that meeting, our former IT director, David Fisher, had given deposition testimony that showed that I was "totally wrong," in my prior statement, and he went on to say "you were out of order and as an attorney you should be ashamed, ashamed and embarrassed yourself."

I have now reviewed Mr. Fisher's sworn deposition testimony, which was provided under subpoena in the pending lawsuit against the county brought by two of its former Sheriff's Deputies. Contrary to Mr. Clausi's claims, the testimony given by Mr. Fisher is entirely consistent with the public statement I released regarding this matter.

Normally, when Mr. Clausi opens his mouth, he creates lawsuits and liabilities for our county. In this case, however, he has created an opportunity. He claims the deposition testimony says one thing, and I say it says the exact opposite. One of us has to be lying. With an official transcript of the deposition now available, we have the means of showing you who is lying and who is telling the truth.

I am publicly challenging both of my fellow commissioners to agree to release this transcript to the public and press. You can then determine for yourselves who is being honest with you about your county, and who is not. I predict that neither of them will agree to this kind of transparency. Do not be fooled when they claim they cannot release it due to it being part of a pending litigation. There is no risk to our County's legal position by disclosing this. The other side in the litigation arranged for the deposition and already has the information contained in it.

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