Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller has withdrawn some documents but that isn’t where new lawsuits will end, her lawyer says.
Prothonotary records show that Parks Miller pulled back on two separate cases, in which she had filed praecipes for writ of summons against a list of defendants. In one case, it was Centre County. In the other, it was Bellefonte, the borough’s police department, Chief Shawn Weaver, former Ferguson Township officer Brian Sprinkle, his new employer PATC Tech and county Commissioner Michael Pipe.
“Kindly withdraw without prejudice plaintiff’s writ of summons issued by the court in the above-captioned action on July 28, 2017,” wrote her attorney Bruce Castor.
The request was filed against the county on Aug. 28 and against the remaining defendants on Aug. 31.
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The suit initiated never moved far enough to detail the charges in the case, but Parks Miller has previously sued both the county and Pipe in connection with the allegations of forgery raised against her in January 2015. Those allegations were referred to then-Attorney General Kathleen Kane for review. The AG presented them to a grand jury, which decided the signature in question did belong to a judge and declined to recommend charges.
Parks Miller’s federal case against the county, Pipe and his fellow commissioners, Judge Pamela Ruest, the county solicitor and administrator, a number of defense attorneys and her former paralegal Michelle Shutt, was dismissed. She appealed but the Third Circuit Court upheld U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann’s decision, except as it applied to a count against Shutt.
Castor said the withdrawal is not the end of the case.
“As we were preparing the complaints, we discovered additional information that we want to investigate and incorporate before writing those facts and issues into the civil actions,” he said.
Castor, who was Pennsylvania’s attorney general for a short time in 2016 after Kane was convicted on perjury, conspiracy and obstruction charges, said he originally filed the documents due to timing.
“As two years was upon us since the grand jury exonerated DA Parks Miller, I filed the writs since I believed the statute of limitations was about to expire. I no longer think that,” he said. “So the time crunch I originally was worried about is not present with this new information. Thus, I thought taking the time to be careful took precedence over getting something filed with timing not an issue anymore. Just a delay.”