One particular news outlet, Lancaster Newspapers (LNP), has waged an all-out campaign to misrepresent events, refuse to investigate matters which do not fit their narrative, minimize and print only selective facts, as well as ignore the truth. Their purported stories stem from an obvious bias and political agenda.
DA Stedman has provided a wealth of information about the actual facts listed below- almost all of which have been ignored by LNP. Yet the facts below are essential to provide context, fairness, and most of all: the truth.
DA Stedman has always worked cooperatively with every Board of Commissioners (BOC) and if an issue arose, then conversations were had, resolutions discussed, and progress achieved- all to the benefit of the taxpayers we serve.
Recently, however, instead of picking up the phone and having a conversation about any questions or concerns, this BOC has chosen a path of only communicating with DA Stedman via legal filings and media releases in partnership with LNP which have been incredibly misleading.
With regard to forfeiture in general – the LNP editorial board misleads the public by refusing to mention that DA Stedman changed the general policy regarding forfeiture in Lancaster County to a post-conviction county. This is in stark contrast to many other counties as well as the OAG and in keeping with what the top priority of what reformers advocate.
Failure to include this critical fact is unmistakably indicative of a pattern of intentionally misleading the public on DA Stedman. There is no way to reasonably justify omission of this policy as fair when writing about the issue of forfeiture reform.