Investigate or pass it on.
That’s the message Pennsylvania’s Senator John Eichelberger (R-30), Senator John Blake (D-22), Senator Mike Folmer (R-48), and Senator-elect Rob Teplitz (D-15) have sent to District Attorney Ed Marsico in regards to the City of Harrisburg’s debt crisis.
The basis of the letter sent on December 12, 2012 from them to him is the two days of hearings that took place in front of the Senate Local Government Committee, chaired by Senator Eichelberger and co-chaired by Senator Blake. The hearings were held in order to better understand the Harrisburg Incinerator Forensic Audit Report and the overall structure of the financial transactions that indebted the City of Harrisburg.
For a long while there has been public outcry for the investigation of the City’s debt crisis, but overall, that furor has seemingly fallen on deaf ears within the justice system, especially at the local level, i.e. Dauphin County’s district attorney. However, after reviewing the Forensic Audit Report and hearing testimony from eighteen individuals during the Senate proceedings, the signed PA legislators point out to Dauphin County DA Marsico that there’s a lot more on the public record than ever before.
It’s important to note that sending a letter to Marsico is definitely a matter of protocol. The senators who signed the letter have been clear that they have also sent letters to the Pennsylvania Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane as well as the U.S. Attorney Peter Smith’s office.
The implication, though, seems to be that they know that the transcript is worth investigation—research, inquiry, cross- referencing, and verification. A lot was said and now it deserves greater review that only those with judicial authority can do to ask more questions, to access more information, and to delve deeper into what’s been proclaimed and claimed.
If Dauphin County’s district attorney won’t do it, then onto the next in line. But with this public letter, the DA will undoubtedly have to respond publicly to declare what he’ll do—take it on or pass it on?
Read the letter: