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Sources: Centre County officials get subpoenas in Parks Miller case

Centre County Commissioners, from left, Michael Pipe, Steve Dershem and Chris Exarchos heard allegations that District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller forged a document with the signature of Judge Pamela Ruest. Dershem and Exarchos were expected to be served with subpoenas.
Centre County Commissioners, from left, Michael Pipe, Steve Dershem and Chris Exarchos heard allegations that District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller forged a document with the signature of Judge Pamela Ruest. Dershem and Exarchos were expected to be served with subpoenas. CDT photo

At least two Centre County commissioners were expected to be served with subpoenas Friday, the latest development in the ongoing issues with District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller.

Information received by the CDT indicates that commissioners Steve Dershem and Chris Exarchos were to be given the subpoenas by state Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office.

“I am legally compelled not to answer that question,” Commissioner Michael Pipe said when asked if he had received a subpoena.

A spokesman for Kane’s office, Aaron Sadler, said he could not comment. County solicitor Louis Glantz did not return calls for comment Friday.

“I can neither confirm nor deny that,” attorney John Abom said Friday.

The Attorney General’s Office’s involvement in the case comes after the county hired Carlisle-based Abom and Kutulakis on Monday to represent them as investigations move forward into allegations that Parks Miller forged the signature of Judge Pamela A. Ruest on a court document. As a result of a search warrant served on Parks Miller’s office last Saturday, Bellefonte police seized a computer, iPad and cellphone.

Parks Miller’s attorney, Bruce Castor, a former Montgomery County district attorney, said he did not know anything about subpoenas issued in the case, but said it “doesn’t surprise me.”

“It is pretty evident that the commissioners and the solicitor and the police are all involved in a concerted effort to hurt the district attorney,” Castor said.

He suggested the county officials’ attempts to pursue the case were retaliatory and possibly politically motivated. Dershem and Exarchos are Republicans while Parks Miller is a Democrat.

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