The lawyer representing Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage in his federal civil litigation wants the computer hard drives and other evidence from several Courthouse offices, including one elected official and outspoken critic of him.
Attorney Gerard Geiger recently filed a discovery request to get the following items to be used as evidence in Halcovage’s defense against the 4 Jane Doe plaintiffs suing him for sexual misconduct:
- Complete copy of the computer hard drives or any other storage media for each County computer assigned to plaintiffs, Jane Doe #1, #2, #3, and #4;
- Complete copy of the computer hard drives or any other storage media for each County computer assigned to Clerk of Courts Maria Casey;
- All text messages on any County-owned cellphone assigned to Casey;
- Any security incident reports sent to or sent by the Schuylkill County Sheriff’s office regarding Halcovage;
- Copy of all email messages sent to or sent by any of the plaintiffs in the two years prior to the filing of their lawsuit.
Halcovage Attorney Seeks Hard Drives from Schuylkill Courthouse Computers, Including Maria Casey
Geiger sent a letter to the County’s attorney representing it in the lawsuit, Christopher Scott of the firm Thomas, Thomas & Hafer, of Harrisburg. The letter was sent on Feb. 17 and the County has 30 days to respond to it and whether it will produce this evidence.
We’ve learned that the County still has not produced this evidence to Geiger.
A trial is tentatively scheduled for September 2022 in this case. In March 2021, four Courthouse employees filed a sexual harassment and intimidation lawsuit against Halcovage, the County, and several Courthouse administrators for their complicity in the Commissioner’s alleged behavior.
Since filing the lawsuit, Halcovage has sustained numerous calls for him to resign from office. An impeachment investigation is currently underway in the State House of Representatives that could eventually remove him from office, too.
Halcovage continues to deny allegations against him.
Geiger tells The Canary he can’t comment on a pending discovery matter.
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