A hearing scheduled for Tuesday involving lawsuits filed against county government by elected officials has been postponed, according to the Centre County Court Administrator’s Office.
The hearing would have involved suits brought by Centre CountyJudge Jonathan D. Grine and District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller.
Huntingdon County Senior Judge Stewart L. Kurtz was scheduled to hear arguments on a motion by Grine to drop co-defendants in his suit, the Harrisburg-based McShane Firm. The firm opposes because its attorneys argue it would deprive them of the opportunity to seek legal fees and travel costs incurred when they were named party to the suit.
The portion of the proceedings involving Parks Miller would have dealt with a contempt motion filed by her attorneys last month.
County attorneys asked Kurtz to continue the hearing because Craig Staudenmaier, special counsel hired by the county as a state Right-to-Know expert, had an unavoidable conflict that day and could not attend, according to court documents. Attorneys for the McShane Firm also filed a motion to continue citing conflicts.
A date and time for the rescheduled hearing has not been set.