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Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller holds a press conference in regard to charges recommended against two State College police officers Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at the Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte.
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Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller holds a press conference in regard to charges recommended against two State College police officers Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at the Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte.

Almost two months after leaving office, Stacy Parks Miller is set to head back into a courtroom.

This time she won’t be a prosecutor. She won’t be a defense attorney. She’s the reason for the appearance.

The Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board has rescheduled a disciplinary hearing for the former Centre County District Attorney.

The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. April 23 at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg. It is the third time a date for the hearing has been set. The first appearance was set for November but was continued. That was rescheduled for December but was delayed again.

Parks Miller’s second term in office was marked by controversy, law suits and high-profile challenges. The disciplinary complaint was filed in February 2017, and the investigator noted two main issues in his documents.

The first was allegations of ex parte communications, including emails and texts between Parks Miller’s office and two of the county’s judges. Bradley Lunsford has retired, but Judge Jonathan Grine accepted a letter of counsel from the Judicial Conduct Board for his part in the communications.

The second issue is Britney Bella, the Facebook persona used by Parks Miller and her office to “snoop” on people related to cases, according to an office email. That communication went to people that worked in the DA’s office, including now District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker and Sean McGraw, an assistant DA under Parks Miller who left the office to go into defense before returning to the prosecution to work for her successor, Bernie Cantorna, as deputy DA.

McGraw and Cantorna were both sued by Parks Miller for defamation in federal court. That case was dismissed by a trial judge and on appeal.

The former DA has said she is confident she will be vindicated at the hearing.

“Like before, I am very much look forward to telling the truth and having the allegations heard,” Parks Miller told the Centre Daily Times Thursday.

“At least 12 allegations lodged against me during political warfare were dismissed and/or resolved in my favor,” she said. “These allegations are the remaining ones that we could not agree on. I have an expert opinion from the very person that wrote an opinion the Office of Disciplinary Counsel relies on, indicating that I did not violate ethics. I am very hopeful for a fair hearing board.”

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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