Grand jury #33 that busted football coach child molester Sandusky is onto the Penn Pike
By Peter Samuel
The 33rd Pennsylvania Investigating Grand Jury (33GJ) gained fame by busting Jerry Sandusky a well-known university football coach on scores of child molestation charges, plus others who covered for the queer creep. 33GJ is also striking fear into guys at the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Court documents were today released that say a three year long investigation by 33GJ covers the Turnpike's "employment practices, procurement practices and use of (state) resources to conduct political activities."
140,000 Turnpike documents have been turned over to 33GJ.
These tid-bits turned up because the Turnpike Commission is asserting attorney-client privileges to deny the grand jury certain especially sensitive documents which the state attorney general wants released.
The Turnpike through Conrad O'Brien lawyers in Philadelphia has filed an appeal to the state supreme court in Harrisburg against the Office of the Attorney General which persuaded a judge the grand jury should have complete access to Turnpike documents.
This is revealed in recently "Unsealed" (no longer secret) court filings.
They show the Turnpike has been resisting release of documents for some time, because their appeal to the state supreme court is against a 'hand-em-all-over' ruling against the Turnpike by a senior judge Barry Feudale in April.
Feudale is the judge supervising 33GJ.
The documents say that agents of the state attorney general have succeeded in copying all the hard drives and a Microsoft Exchange server. They want access to emails between Turnpike commissioners and lawyers, which the Turnpike has so far withheld.
In its filing with the supreme court the Turnpike's lawyers argue that attorney-client privilege is state law and that breach of it, as urged by the office of the attorney-general will "work to the detriment of candid advice, sound decisionmaking, and ultimately good government."
One justice dissented but the other supreme court judges ruled they should take the Turnpike appeal.
The story was broken by Ben Present of The Legal Intelligencer called the 'oldest law journal in the United States.'