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District Attorney Passes Macungie Mayor's Request to Attorney General

Jim Martin said it would "inappropriate" for him to rule on a case to which he had a former tie.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said Friday that he would pass Macungie Mayor Rick Hoffman's request to investigate the hiring of Police Chief Edward Harry Jr. to the state Attorney General's office.

In a letter dated Oct. 11, from his position "because Hoffman alleged that Harry was holding the position in violation of the Borough Code," Martin said in a release.

Last year, Hoffman sued to gain access of Police Department schedules and other records.

At that time Martin joined the police department's suit because Martin said the mayor should not have daily operational control of the department nor access to records.

"Because of the fact that I intervened in the underlying lawsuit, I thought it would be inappropriate for me to rule on Mayor Hoffman's request," Martin said in the release.

Judge Michele Varricchio that the mayor is, indeed the top law enforcement official in the borough.

Martin has filed of that ruling.

Hoffman also has because the ruling did not provide enough money to cover his court costs, he said.

1MacungieVoice October 21, 2011 at 06:47 PM
"Hoffman also has filed an appeal because the ruling did not provide enough money to cover his court costs, he said." If Hoffman wants to keep things in the court he should pay for them out of his own pocket or find enough supporters to help you pay for it. This is such nonsense!! How is Chief Harry paying his legal battle? If Chief Harry needs donations to help pay his legal way, I'm in. That's how disgusted I am with this entire situation!
Robert Sentner October 21, 2011 at 09:10 PM
Amen, I'll second that Shana.........Just don't understand the whole thing....... alot of wasted tax payer $$$$$$$$$$'s in an economy where the money could be used for much better things. and what ever happened to "it's time to move on "
Bill Villa October 22, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Here are the Dirty Facts on DA Jim Martin ... http://bloggingdottie.blogspot.com/2011/03/dirty-facts-on-da-jim-martin_19.html

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