Accused of false swearing
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Ex-Montgomery County Commissioner James R. Matthews is now headed to trial after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false swearing and waiving his upcoming formal arraignment this morning, April 4, according to a Times Herald article. Matthews had initially been accused of perjury in connection with testimony he gave to a grand jury, the article states. That felony charge was dismissed at Matthews' preliminary hearing. The article also states: "The grand jury investigation, initiated in March 2010, recommended that Matthews be indicted on both charges in connection with his testimony during the investigation which revolved around campaign contributions and expenditures by the county commissioners, the awarding of county …
Court ruled that recently enacted ethis ordinance does not apply to the district attorney's office.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman and invalidated the county’s ethics ordinance. Ordinance 09-1, which was enacted in 2009, placed a mandatory ethics code on all county offices, both elected and appointed. Chairman James Matthews and Vice Chairman Joe Hoeffel passed the ordinance while Commissioner Bruce Castor opposed the legislation. Ferman said she believed the ordinance was invalid and against the law because she is an independently elected official and the county should not have control over her office. Ferman filed a lawsuit with the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in May 2009. The court ruled in favor of Ferman, as did the Commonwealth Court when the …