By: Staff reports
Easton Express-Times Gets Some Help
The American Civil Liberties Union has stepped forward on behalf of the
Easton (Pa.) Express-Times to sue an ethics committee that allegedly
threatened criminal prosecution of the daily newspaper, The Philadelphia
The paper has been investigating an ethics complaint filed last year
during Easton’s mayoral campaign. The complaint, filed by mayoral
candidate Pat Vulcano Jr., asserted that Mayor Thomas Goldsmith used his
office to promote his candidacy.
ACLU Legal Director Stefan Presser told the Inquirer that John J. Contino,
executive director of the 22-year-old ethics commission, informed editors
and reporters at the Express-Times that they would be criminally charged if
they continued to report on investigation into the complaint.
Contino and Vincent J. Dopko, the commission’s chief counsel, declined
comment to the Inquirer.
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