About: John DiLiberto

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Recent Posts by John DiLiberto

If a legal dispute has no Internet footprint, is it still relevant?

A few months ago we were notified about a complaint filed in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in December 2006 by Little Flower Manor nursing home (located in Wilkes-Barre’s Heights section) against one Betty Jane Barrett and her sister, Suzanne MacNeely. Betty Jane was at the time, and remains to this day, the wife of Wilkes-Barre City councilman Bill Barrett.

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US Constitution supplanted by the Laws of War

The 2012 NDAA, or National Defense Authorization Act, for those of you just joining us, uses the term “belligerent act” to define who can be detained, who’s considered a spy under this, and then the government in court refused to define that term. . . . We have all these categories where we set aside a group of people and we apply this label and we say, people with this label don’t have any rights. After 9/11 we allowed that to happen with Guantanamo Bay. We allowed them to say, oh, well, these people don’t have any rights, and yet we say, well, they’re natural, unalienable rights. If they’re unalienable rights, no government can take them, and no government can give them. . . . Now it’s coming back to haunt us.

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Occupy for Justice rally held on Luzerne County Courthouse steps

The third in a series of local judicial reform rallies, the “Occupy for Justice” event of July 17 drew participants to the south-side, main steps of the Luzerne County Courthouse. Pennsylvania District Eleven Congressional candidate Andy Ostrowski was the featured speaker, as he worked in conjunction with civil rights icon Jesse Epps and his America Rebirth Tour (A.R.T.) team to make the gathering a reality.

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Mayor Leighton’s emails hacked

On December 15, 2013, the Independent Gazette was notified by the Wilkes-Barre City Taxpayers Association (WBCTPA) that the group had received an email from Justin Bodnar, of Wilkes-Barre. That email contained several back-and-forth emails between Mayor Tom Leighton and other city officials and residents. The Bodnar email’s payload, as it were, appeared to have been obtained illegally, which led the taxpayers association to immediately notify the city administration, speaking with Police Chief Gerald Dessoye, who committed at that time to conducting an investigation into the release of the Leighton emails.

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Property tax group meets to strategize

President Joyce Dombroski-Gebhardt encouraged supporters of the legislation, filed as SB 76 in the state Senate and HB 76 in the House, to call in to local talk radio shows to tout its benefits amidst public criticism by opponents. One of the meeting attendees offered a brief report of his recent lobbying of state legislators at their Harrisburg offices. Board member Tom Gow Sr. stated that Senate support for the bill stood at 25 of 50 members as of March 12, with House support at 87 of 202 members.

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LEAKED Custody4Cash video: Lackawanna courts want this video taken down … why?

When was the right to free speech, once protected by the First Amendment, declared illegal? When the courts decided what—where and when—could by spoken of or report on; that is when. When GAG ORDERS issued by courts against the press, litigants, professionals, and non-litigants became a popular form of intimidation; that is when. Judge for yourself whether or not this video needs to be removed.

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