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Was Part of the Halcovage Defense Against Jane Doe Lawsuit Revealed?

The Commissioner says he’s got a story to tell the court.

part of schuylkill county commissioner George Halcovage's defense strategy is revealed in his response to Maria Casey's motion to intervene in the case

We may be getting an indication to, at least in part, the defense Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage will put up against a federal sexual harassment lawsuit he’s facing.

Those defense details were spelled out – again, at least in part – in his attorney’s response to a Motion to Intervene in that lawsuit by Clerk of Courts Maria Casey.

Casey objects to Halcovage’s attorney, Gerard Geiger, seeking her work computer hard drive and work phone records. Geiger filed a response to Casey’s motion last week.

READ: Halcovage Attorney Says Casey Is Hiding Evidence On Her Hard Drive And Phone

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Halcovage Defense Strategy Partially Revealed?

In addition to outlining the many reasons why Geiger believes Halcovage is entitled to view those devices, he also alluded to the County Commissioner’s defense against the allegations he faces.

Halcovage is being sued by 4 Jane Doe plaintiffs who claim they were sexually harassed by him over the course of several years, up to nearly a decade in some instances. Those women – all Schuylkill County government employees – are suing the County, too, and a few Courthouse officials for their complicity in the Commissioner’s alleged behavior.

A trial in this case is currently scheduled for later this year.

Up until this filing last week, Halcovage has remained tight-lipped. He denies the allegations he’s facing. In this response from his attorney however, we get at least an indication where his defense may be heading.

In one response, Geiger says Halcovage believes that state legislators may have held off on launching their impeachment investigation against him had they heard his side of the story on “what really happened.”

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Geiger writes that the lawmakers in Harrisburg may have “rushed to judgement” in starting their probe.

Later in this response, Geiger suggests Halcovage is anxious to tell that story.

“Halcovage is not ‘defiant’,” as Casey suggests in her motion, he writes. “(Halcovage) looks forward to explaining to the court what really happened.”

“A Mix of Anecdotes”

Overall, Halcovage believes the women can’t state a cause of action. That means he doesn’t believe they have a reason to sue him. The reason? A lack of details.

In the response to Casey’s motion in which she cites the “very detailed 76-page complaint” against his client, Geiger writes the following:

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The complaint, which in its original form was 76 pages, is a mix of anecdotes extending back a decade and is not very detailed with respect to when events occurred.

Plaintiffs were not able to, or chose not to, provide specific dates when events allegedly occurred, sometimes not even knowing what year an even occurred.

Many of the events have no supporting documentation of having occurred because plaintiffs made no complaints to the County or to Halcovage.

Later in the response, Geiger adds to the argument that the Does’ complaint lacks specifics. He writes:

The plaintiffs have made allegations where they cannot even explain what year they claim Halcovage may have made an off-color remark. These were remarks they never reported, despite claiming how traumatized they were.”

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  1. It's me

    March 30, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    Pretty poor defense if you ask me.

  2. PTFloridians

    April 1, 2022 at 8:45 am

    Sounds like all these drama queens, with their “me too” leanings, collaborated on a grand hit piece, on George.
    …IF someone says something off color, sexually or otherwise, it’s the responsibility of the receiver, to vocally inform the person, saying those things is NOT welcome, immediately… especially in a County setting where Code of Ethics violations could be in play. This appears to have gone on for way too long and finally hit a boiling point
    …sounds like 2 wrongs don’t make a right, in this personally charged dramatic scene, but it’ll all shake out for sure.

  3. PTFloridians

    April 1, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    This thing is about to go sideways…the DOJ is in town and they’re mad. The Skook Courthouse and leadership will be turned upside down and shook down. I hope it all shakes out, with truth and justice being served fairly and firmly.

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