Six seeking seat West Manchester dist...

Six seeking seat West Manchester district judge seat

There are 43 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Apr 30, 2011, titled Six seeking seat West Manchester district judge seat. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

Many candidates running for district judge in West Manchester Township cite their background in law enforcement as making them qualified for the job.

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john doe 000069

York, PA

#1 Apr 30, 2011
I am so glad this prick is retiring. What a piece of dirt. I don't feel if your a DA or a cop you shouldn't be allowed to run for a district judge. If a cop becomes a district judge they believe the lies the cops tell.
In The Know

United States

#2 May 1, 2011
Usually law enforcement officers run for these jobs and win.

I get the impression quite often in a big race like this (six candidates) that one of the candidates running is the annointed one (backed by political insiders) and others run to split votes so the annointed one wins.

All that aside, the times we are in are tough and getting tougher.

If I were voting on May 17th for this position, my pick would be Andy Blair.

We need Blair to literally be "in the right place at the right time."
creep

York, PA

#3 May 1, 2011
Is this for real? So in Pennsylvania, the police can literally be the judge as well? How does this even resemble fairness. On top of that, no law degree is required? And these are the people that not only hear cases but, authorize charges, search and seizure warrants, set bails, and basically have complete control over people's lives? The people of the commonwealth are really ok with this? WOW!
my vote is for Ken

York, PA

#4 May 1, 2011
You got my vote Ken! When you win, all the old people will have snow blowers instead of shovels and everyone will be happy. WTF?
Hanover proud

York, PA

#5 May 1, 2011
Law degree??? Please, you do not even need a brain. Just go to 19-1-03, you'll see what I'm talking about
creep wrote:
Is this for real? So in Pennsylvania, the police can literally be the judge as well? How does this even resemble fairness. On top of that, no law degree is required? And these are the people that not only hear cases but, authorize charges, search and seizure warrants, set bails, and basically have complete control over people's lives? The people of the commonwealth are really ok with this? WOW!
weep

York, PA

#6 May 1, 2011
creep wrote:
Is this for real? So in Pennsylvania, the police can literally be the judge as well? How does this even resemble fairness. On top of that, no law degree is required? And these are the people that not only hear cases but, authorize charges, search and seizure warrants, set bails, and basically have complete control over people's lives? The people of the commonwealth are really ok with this? WOW!
They are retired from the police force! This is at a level below actually appearing BEFORE the higher courts. I imagine that you also think that "common jurors" should also have "law degrees"; the ones who actually determine guilt! Dumb and dumber (YOU and Johnny Doehead IQ69)!
John R

Harrisburg, PA

#7 May 1, 2011
I looked over the candidate info and like Blair as well.

USAF vet ( was a police officer there) and has been with York Township PD for 25 + years. Seems to have a lot of good creds and is already teaching kids at VoTech. Is in charge of the Detective Unit with the department.
THANKS FOR THE VOTE

York, PA

#8 May 2, 2011
my vote is for Ken wrote:
You got my vote Ken! When you win, all the old people will have snow blowers instead of shovels and everyone will be happy. WTF?
Only a small portion of my interview was used in the article. I was just stating the reason why and when I desided to run. It was two years ago and after the hearing I determined that I wanted to hearings were fair for people who came into the DJ's office without a lawyer. The facts are that they had cleared the sidewalk but the plow truck showed up in the middle of the night and put frozen snow back onto the sidewalk. They tried to remove it but were unable. The ticket was written a week after the storm. The law/policy/ordanance for that township stated stated that snow had to be removed 8 hours after the end of snow fall. It never stated that they were responsible for any plowed snow. I brought this to the attention of the township attorney and his response was, they didn't argue that. That is not fair! But here is some info that was not put into the article.

Kenneth LEVECK

Decisiveness, Integrity, Unselfishness, Knowledge, Loyalty, and Dependability.

25 YRS, United States Marine Corps, Honorably Retired.

Recipient of over 40 Personal Decorations, Service Awards and Commendations.

Pursian Gulf and Afghanistan War VETERAN
member of the USMC Anti-Terrorism Battalion deployed to Afghanistan.

7 YRS Deputy Sheriff, York County

Experienced and trained in District Judge responsibilities including; Court Room Procedures, PFA's, Search Warrants, Arraignments, Bail hearings, Civil Actions and Summary trials.

I have the ability to make fair and timely desisions whether it's leading 200 Marines in Afghanistan or serving warrants here at home. I have dedicated the past 32 years to defending my country and community, both as a Marine and Deputy Sheriff, and now I ask for your support as I seek the office of Magisterial District Judge.

THANK YOU

KEN LEVECK
changed my vote

York, PA

#9 May 2, 2011
I was looking seriously at Blair too, untill Ken threw down on his resume. I know now who the point man for the seal team was, but he was to modest to add that. Ken you should be running for Sheriff, all that in just seven years???? Thats more then the Rickster did his whole career there at YCSO and he's the Sheriff now! Ken, you got my vote, sorry Blair, stick to teaching.
John R wrote:
I looked over the candidate info and like Blair as well.
USAF vet ( was a police officer there) and has been with York Township PD for 25 + years. Seems to have a lot of good creds and is already teaching kids at VoTech. Is in charge of the Detective Unit with the department.
Really

Harrisburg, PA

#10 May 2, 2011
THANKS FOR THE VOTE wrote:
<quoted text>
Only a small portion of my interview was used in the article. I was just stating the reason why and when I desided to run. It was two years ago and after the hearing I determined that I wanted to hearings were fair for people who came into the DJ's office without a lawyer. The facts are that they had cleared the sidewalk but the plow truck showed up in the middle of the night and put frozen snow back onto the sidewalk. They tried to remove it but were unable. The ticket was written a week after the storm. The law/policy/ordanance for that township stated stated that snow had to be removed 8 hours after the end of snow fall. It never stated that they were responsible for any plowed snow. I brought this to the attention of the township attorney and his response was, they didn't argue that. That is not fair! But here is some info that was not put into the article.
Kenneth LEVECK
Decisiveness, Integrity, Unselfishness, Knowledge, Loyalty, and Dependability.
25 YRS, United States Marine Corps, Honorably Retired.
Recipient of over 40 Personal Decorations, Service Awards and Commendations.
Pursian Gulf and Afghanistan War VETERAN
member of the USMC Anti-Terrorism Battalion deployed to Afghanistan.
7 YRS Deputy Sheriff, York County
Experienced and trained in District Judge responsibilities including; Court Room Procedures, PFA's, Search Warrants, Arraignments, Bail hearings, Civil Actions and Summary trials.
I have the ability to make fair and timely desisions whether it's leading 200 Marines in Afghanistan or serving warrants here at home. I have dedicated the past 32 years to defending my country and community, both as a Marine and Deputy Sheriff, and now I ask for your support as I seek the office of Magisterial District Judge.
THANK YOU
KEN LEVECK
There must be a reason that they " forgot " to include all of this stuff. Your corps time is great but Magistrates don't take hills. You seem to have a lot of courtroom time as an OBSERVER. Thats what deputies do, they are courtroom security.

You stand there and watch the room. You dont actually particiapte in any of the proceedings. Deputies provide a valuable service but they dont do investigations , obtain warrants , file charges against people , testify , and actually PARTICIPATE in hearings.

How many people have you investigated and charged with crimes ? How many times have you actually participated in a trial or a hearing as the charging officer ?

Stop overstating your " credentials". Either you have the formal training to be a magistrate or you don't. None of the other candidates ( as far as I can tell) have the training school. Go back to tending your courtrooms , it's your job.

THANKS FOR THE VOTE

York, PA

#11 May 2, 2011
changed my vote wrote:
I was looking seriously at Blair too, untill Ken threw down on his resume. I know now who the point man for the seal team was, but he was to modest to add that. Ken you should be running for Sheriff, all that in just seven years???? Thats more then the Rickster did his whole career there at YCSO and he's the Sheriff now! Ken, you got my vote, sorry Blair, stick to teaching.
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Thanks for the vote of confidence. Wish I could have been involved in the raid. Semper Fi to the brave men and the hundreds of support personnel that carried out this daring operation. If anyone is in the West Manchester Mall Wall Mart, take a look at the Honors the Heros wall. There is a photo of my son and me in OUR Dress Blues. Had a photo taken with a miniture set of Dress Blues. Also, say a prayer for the accident victims of the Make A Wish Accident that happened Sunday in Adams County. I was in the convoy with my Make A Wish daughter and we were five trucks behind the accident vehicles. A super Semper FI to all the first responders and law enforcement professionals that helped us take care of the injured. Penn Township Heavy Rescue (49?) truck, YOU ARE IMPRESSIVE! Don't want to forget Southeastern Adams Vol Emergency Services (29?). It was an honor to help/work with both these teams that day. SEMPER FI!

EMAIL me at [email protected]

THANK YOU AGAIN

KEN LEVECK

Don't mean to leave anyone out but we were a bit busy.
Anchor Clanker

York, PA

#12 May 2, 2011
THANKS FOR THE VOTE wrote:
<quoted text>
Only a small portion of my interview was used in the article. I was just stating the reason why and when I desided to run. It was two years ago and after the hearing I determined that I wanted to hearings were fair for people who came into the DJ's office without a lawyer. The facts are that they had cleared the sidewalk but the plow truck showed up in the middle of the night and put frozen snow back onto the sidewalk. They tried to remove it but were unable. The ticket was written a week after the storm. The law/policy/ordanance for that township stated stated that snow had to be removed 8 hours after the end of snow fall. It never stated that they were responsible for any plowed snow. I brought this to the attention of the township attorney and his response was, they didn't argue that. That is not fair! But here is some info that was not put into the article.
Kenneth LEVECK
Decisiveness, Integrity, Unselfishness, Knowledge, Loyalty, and Dependability.
25 YRS, United States Marine Corps, Honorably Retired.
Recipient of over 40 Personal Decorations, Service Awards and Commendations.
Pursian Gulf and Afghanistan War VETERAN
member of the USMC Anti-Terrorism Battalion deployed to Afghanistan.
7 YRS Deputy Sheriff, York County
Experienced and trained in District Judge responsibilities including; Court Room Procedures, PFA's, Search Warrants, Arraignments, Bail hearings, Civil Actions and Summary trials.
I have the ability to make fair and timely desisions whether it's leading 200 Marines in Afghanistan or serving warrants here at home. I have dedicated the past 32 years to defending my country and community, both as a Marine and Deputy Sheriff, and now I ask for your support as I seek the office of Magisterial District Judge.
THANK YOU
KEN LEVECK
I would greatly appreciate your vote so that I may some day become a "TRIPLE DIPPER" on retirement (like ALL the OTHER "Double Dippers)! "Fair Winds and Following Seas"!
FACTS

York, PA

#13 May 3, 2011
Really wrote:
<quoted text>
There must be a reason that they " forgot " to include all of this stuff. Your corps time is great but Magistrates don't take hills. You seem to have a lot of courtroom time as an OBSERVER. Thats what deputies do, they are courtroom security.
You stand there and watch the room. You dont actually particiapte in any of the proceedings. Deputies provide a valuable service but they dont do investigations , obtain warrants , file charges against people , testify , and actually PARTICIPATE in hearings.
How many people have you investigated and charged with crimes ? How many times have you actually participated in a trial or a hearing as the charging officer ?
Stop overstating your " credentials". Either you have the formal training to be a magistrate or you don't. None of the other candidates ( as far as I can tell) have the training school. Go back to tending your courtrooms , it's your job.
Just another Deputy Sheriff hater? How about reading the YDR voters guide? All the info is in there. The candidates can't control what is written following an interview. The reporter just gave some additional info about the candidate. The way I see it is all the so called "real law enforcement" officers are PRO procecution. How are you going to teach those old dogs new tricks. Pro procecution vs neutral observer. The deputies may sit in on the proceedings but I see it this way, They get to see every legal procedure there is in the courts. Every day, every trial term, every type of hearing. It's like being in a legal classroom everyday. Think of all the cases they hear. And yes, they write charges and go to hearings too. Maybe not at the level of your loved one but your loved one doesn't have the courtroom time they do. As for his military background, that is probably just the tip of the iceburg. 25 years in the usmc, anti-terrorism team, leading US Marines in afghanistan. Seems like a good time to be a Vet and an anti-terrorism one to boot. The way I see it is you are trying to knock him down because he is a threat to someone you know that is running for the same position! Or are you the one running? There is no requirement that a candidant has any law enforcement background but it helps. So does the military background. That proves dedication and loyalty to a higher cause other than themselves. That is what tips the scale in his favor. You said it yourself, ALL OF THIS STUFF! That stuff is allot of experience and quals the others do not have. Go read the YDR Voters Guide and then respond. Get informed. Get the FACTS.
back off

York, PA

#14 May 3, 2011
Hey sunshine....eat a bowl of f#*k. You are obviously a self righteous A$$hole. You know little to nothing about being a deputy sheriff, sure they do courtroom security, but that is just a very little part of what they do. The only thing you were correct on, is they do not investigate, however skank mouth, they do everything else you mentioned, so before you slam someone learn more about what you think your talking about. Pa is an A$$ backward state, because you can go to any other state and the Sheriff's office is the lead agency, but you would not know that because you probably spend all your time sitting at home touching yourself or you just got out of jail, because a deputy tracked your scank A$$ down and locked you up. As far taking hills, respect the man for what he did, I'm sure you never did anytime in the service or you were kicked out for again, touching yourself, so go back to doing that, its obviously your job.
Really wrote:
<quoted text>
There must be a reason that they " forgot " to include all of this stuff. Your corps time is great but Magistrates don't take hills. You seem to have a lot of courtroom time as an OBSERVER. Thats what deputies do, they are courtroom security.
You stand there and watch the room. You dont actually particiapte in any of the proceedings. Deputies provide a valuable service but they dont do investigations , obtain warrants , file charges against people , testify , and actually PARTICIPATE in hearings.
How many people have you investigated and charged with crimes ? How many times have you actually participated in a trial or a hearing as the charging officer ?
Stop overstating your " credentials". Either you have the formal training to be a magistrate or you don't. None of the other candidates ( as far as I can tell) have the training school. Go back to tending your courtrooms , it's your job.
All things considered

Manheim, PA

#15 May 4, 2011
If voters look at the each candidate's qualifications, and experience, there's one who stands out, Keith Albright. Albright has the most experience serving his entire career in York County. His knowledge of the criminal justice system is second to none. He is a longtime resident and homeowner in West Manchester, and has a long history of caring for people. He's a family man, who will work hard to served the people in a fair and honest manner. A vote for Keith Albright is a vote for a bright future.
FACTS

York, PA

#18 May 4, 2011
Its the truth wrote:
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Albright , the FORMER chief who got bumped down to patrolman last fall ? Than , some patrolman with 9 years on is his replacement ??
Albright , the chief who hired the trainwreck of an officer who has now been arrested twice ?
ALL of the candidates live in West Manchester, MOST for a long time,. Because they must to run for the office !!
Several of the candidates have lengthy police careers with vast amounts of experience in the local court system actually presenting cases.
Hinds , Leveck and Green have little to no courtroom experience actually presenting cases. Leveck supporters , if he is so good and has so much knowledge from simply SITTING in a courtroom....he should run for downtown judge !! Why bother with such a little position of magistrate ??
I think ALL of the candidates are "family men " , Hinds slightly different of course.
Albright is surely going to have to work hard so that people dont find out about his recent career oopsies.
I do love your Albright inquires. BUT that said, The only people you don't talk about is Blair and Vangreen. So who do you represent? What does PRESENTING CASES have to do with the quals of an MDJ? You mention that a couple times. I said it before, thats PRO-procecution. And since people keep supporting leveck to the level that you feel he should run for "downtown judge" then you have to agree that he may know more than the average person that just sits around. Now some facts! Vangreen can only serve one term. He's 60 years old, 61 by the time he would take office, 6 year term and he would be 67 when he seeks another term which he can't finish. Albright is 54. So 55 when he takes office, gives him 2 terms and he will be 67 when he seeks another term which he can't finish. Leveck is 51, 52 when he takes office, 6 year term gives him 3 terms before the mandatory retirement age of 70. Blair is 50, 51 when he takes office, he can do 3 terms. Hinds at 46, could do 3 terms but is unqual'd. Green can do 3 terms but is unqual'd. So where do we go from here?
Facts Only

York, PA

#19 May 5, 2011
you cant handle the truth wrote:
Chief's being busted down seems to happen alot in PA. Who was the cop arrested twice?? West York should just flush the toilet and get rid of all the terds there, do not think any of them are worth a d#*n.
<quoted text>
I did some checking, and you are not reporting truth. I checked with the borough officials, and Albright was not busted down to patrolman. In fact, his bosses were very surprised and upset that he was stepping down. He told them he needed time to run for District Judge, and in fact, they granted him permission to run while still employed as a police officer. I inquired about the hiring proceedure, and I was informed that the Police Chief does not hire. The officer who was arrested, was hired through the civil service commission, and West York Borough Council. So voters I suggest you too check into any questions you may have, and come to the same conclusion that I did, and vote Albright. I also checked and learned that Albright is not receiving any help from any other current or past political figures. That means no favors or paybacks due later.
loser finder

York, PA

#20 May 5, 2011
And you are probably on welfare, food stamps and collecting unemployment, so your a triple dipper too...Loser -----The man earned his retirement
Anchor Clanker wrote:
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I would greatly appreciate your vote so that I may some day become a "TRIPLE DIPPER" on retirement (like ALL the OTHER "Double Dippers)! "Fair Winds and Following Seas"!
LEVECK the best choice

York, PA

#22 May 6, 2011
Its the truth wrote:
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Leveck supporters , if he is so good and has so much knowledge from simply SITTING in a courtroom....he should run for downtown judge !! Why bother with such a little position of magistrate ??
Hey dipstick, if you knew anything about Judges of the Common Plea Courts vs. District Magistrates you would know to be elected to the position of Judges of the Common Plea Courts you must be an attorney.

The position of District Magistrates is meant for the common lay person, thus no requirement of being an attorney although some are. The office of District Magistrates was created to replaced the old Justice of the Peace which was a position held by the common lay person, your and my neighbor to hear minor cases or determine if a charge has the merits to be bound over for the Court of Common Pleas,( downtown judge) as you put it.

I have known and worked with Ken Leveck since he has been a deputy. Although I do not work with him on a daily basis I find his character to be highly regarded, he is honest, he respects the position he holds and the uniform he wears. His lifelong experiences and service to this great nation puts him a step above and MOST important, Ken has common sense and is intelligent too.

If I were in trouble I would want Ken Leveck hearing my case as I think he would give you or me a fair shake; after all isn't that what you want in a District Magistrate.

There are a lot of good candidates running but with Ken as least he not part of the “Good Old Boy System” or mentality.
york cares

Garden City, NY

#23 May 6, 2011
I agree with Facts Only...before you print things that you don't know for a fact you should do research. Albright did not get bumped down as you are calling it, and did not hire the policewoman that got arrested. Get your facts straight... borough council is the one who does the hiring not the chief. People post things on her without knowing the whole truth and make people look bad only to hide their own monsters in the closet. I hope people look at the real truth before they vote on May 17th.

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