Judge denies motions to dismiss Parks Miller lawsuit

Motions to dismiss Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller’s lawsuit against the county and a host of others are not being granted.

In an order filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Judge Matthew Brann denied six motions to dismiss, calling them moot.

The motions were filed by attorneys for the county and several officials, including all three commissioners, the administrator and solicitor; Parks Miller’s former paralegal; Centre County Judge Pamela Ruest; and several local defense attorneys. They asked that the court dismiss Parks Miller’s suit on a variety of grounds.

Brann dismissed the motions without prejudice in light of an amended complaint filed by Parks Miller’s attorneys on Oct. 13.

Parks Miller is suing for counts of defamation, injurious falsehood, emotional distress, conspiracy and more, all arising from the controversy that has engulfed the courthouse over the last months, including allegations of forgery that prompted a grand jury to investigate. The grand jury did not recommend charges against the district attorney.