Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Judge Dally Sides With DA in Spat With Stoffa

Judge Dally Decision on DA's Independent Authority

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

We the people will not forget Stoffagift.

Anonymous said...

Did you think the court system (judge) would rule on the side of a non court type member?

As in politics, they take care of their own!

Anonymous said...

The County Executive and the County Council must join in on an appeal. This is a bad decision in many ways. If County Council inteds to reamin or be relevent and defend the Home Rule Charter form of government they must appeal.

Anonymous said...

Council has no spine. They will let Johnny Prosecutor have whatever he wants and pay lip service at budget time. Nothing new here, move on...

Bernie O'Hare said...

"We the people will not forget Stoffagift."

There goes the Fake Rev, off topic and off his meds.

Anonymous said...

Why can't the District Attorney pay his staff $ 120,000 a year if he wants to

Anonymous said...

Sure, why not. It's only taxpayers money. Oh, that's right Johnny Prosecutor thinks it's his own personal stash. Along with drug forfeitures, seized property and other goodies. Why play by the rules like other county agencies who cannot just reward their favorites by bumping them up in pay? How dare the unwashed masses question his authority.It's his budget, dammit!

Anonymous said...

Whether you agree with the decision or not, I don't think this one should be appealed. The Council was probably going to rubber stamp the DA's decisions anyway. This can be address better when the DA submits his budget for approval. It seems like it would be a waste to appeal this at this point. At least some kind of answer was demonstrated, either way it fell. I wonder if McClure's/Maclure's committee would have came to the same decision? Even though the DA is his buddy?

Bernie O'Hare said...

I would tend to agree. Stoffa's position in tis matter was primarily for Council's benefit, but they exhibited no desire to pursue the matter with him in court. Plus, Judge Dally's reasoning is brilliant. Who would have thought he was once a State Rep.?

Anonymous said...

"Plus, Judge Dally's reasoning is brilliant"

You're just kissing his ass so that in the event you have to face him, you can wink in hopes of a favorable decision, kind of like a campaign contribution...

Anonymous said...

Word on the street is that Jim Gregory is NOT an asshole!

Shaibu!

Bernie O'Hare said...

"You're just kissing his ass so that in the event you have to face him, you can wink in hopes of a favorable decision, kind of like a campaign contribution..."

I have known him for years and have liked him for years, and have always had a high opinion of his legal abilities. I am often highly critical of the court as well, as I was with the Onembo mess, something you fail to point out.

Anonymous said...

Bernie,

Have you seen the latest posts over at the COAF's blog? I wonder if the truly follow Christ? Those last posts were anything but Christian. Stay far away from them, lightning might get very close to them soon.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Just checked it. Oh well. If they bothered to read Judge Dally's opinion, they'd see that the DA won on the basis of the employee manual, not the HRC or the County Code. He does not have the powers he argued he had, though he persuaded me. I might add that, after he modified his initial request, I sided with Morganelli in this gentlemen's spat. That point seems to have eluded the Fake Rev.

Anonymous said...

There is nothing Christian about the WTP blog. It is pure, venomous hatred. A lynch mob led by a charlatan.

Anonymous said...

This is a bad decision Bernie and goes agaisnt the intent of the Home Rule Charter and the role of County Council in County governemnt.

As far as the "employee manual", it should be changed to reflect the intent of the Charter. Your argument might as well be used to allow Kraft to have everyone get voted in and do their own thing.


Why should the county executive cone before Couny Council for promotions, he is independentley elected. The excuse that coutny council will do it anyway is a bad execuse and not germaine to the discussion at hand.

Anonymous said...

This ruling has to be appealed. The manual they refer to is not approved by the legislative body of the County. The Career Service manual is approved by Council. Council acts as the salary board not Stoffa. The "employees manual" are rules that change from day to day because they are implemented by Stoffa not council. These employees rules are not the rules adopted by Council. No where in the state can the district attorney set salaries for his own employees. He shouldn't be allowed to do it in Northampton either. This ruling now allows the judges to raise the salaries of their court related employees without going to Council. The Controller can do the same. This is a bad ruling. Council must appeal this to a higher court and they should also hire a labor lawyer to take a look at "Stoffa's Employee manual" and reword the administrations manual to never allow this to happen again.

Anonymous said...

How refreshing and novel. A supervisor who actually recognizes the hard work and effort of his subordinates and has the shocking response of actually attempting to reward them just like the private sector. Government employees as much as the tea party nihilists want to rant do perform important functions for which they are for the most part paid paltry sums.

Contrast the fight of the DA to support members of his staff with the wimpish road block who provides no recognition, let alone financial reward for the efforts of dedicated employees under his control. Why? Spineless fear. Council will say no so why bother to even ask. News flash, they can only say no if you ask. Of his good qualities of which there are many, he is lacking the most important and essential quality of an executive - the strength to lead. Ah yes, Leadership. Even after the pernicious presence of the 1.3 million dollar perpetrator of fraud (a judicial finding affirmed on appeal and not a mere opinion) is long gone.