Former paralegal appeals federal suit against Parks Miller, Centre County

Michelle Shutt is not letting her case go.

The former paralegal for Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller has filed an appeal of the federal lawsuit she brought against the DA and the county.

On Monday, attorney Kathleen Yurchak filed the summary of the appeal in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Shutt sued Parks Miller and Centre County for violation of First and 14th Amendment rights. Parks Miller was also sued for charges including abuse of process, defamation and injurious falsehood.

The charges stemmed from a controversy that has engulfed the courthouse since 2015, when allegations were raised that Parks Miller forged a fake bail order as part of an investigation. Shutt signed an affidavit regarding those allegations.

The case was referred to the Office of the Attorney General and placed before a grand jury, which declined to recommend charges against the DA. In a press conference after that announcement, Parks Miller said it was “crystal clear” that Shutt committed perjury and made false reports.

Parks Miller subsequently sued Shutt, the county, the commissioners, the administrator, the solicitor, Judge Pamela Ruest and a number of defense attorneys — including Bernie Cantorna, who won the primary election for DA on both tickets. Like Shutt’s, that case is currently in the Third Circuit, appealing dismissal by the same judge from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Matthew Brann.

Shutt’s filing says Brann should have granted her leave to amend her complaint and that he stepped on the toes of a jury by making conclusions that should have been saved for trial.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce