Since MASD lost there appeal , what should they pay Ms. D for compensation ?
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#1 Mar 24, 2014
The exchange between Ms. D's attorney CL and the MASD attorney GM was priceless.
CL vehemently proclaimed it is far, far, far from being over. I think this was a shot across the bow of the MASD and the taxpayers and a clear putdown of MASD attorney GM as being on another planet.
I speculate the that CJ and Ms. D may and should seek additional remedies from the civil and federal courts. This seems like a slam dunk and will cost the MASD significant more $$$$$$$$.
I love MASD Attorney Beard's quote when he said she "violated community standards and failed to provide a good example for her students."
It seems like this proclamation was selectively applied to Ms. D and the other perpetrators who watched the door were exempt from this moral standard. Talk about fixes and favoritism.
We all know the role played by an indicted former late superintendent and his city hall lunch buddy in covering this up to appease the union and MASD administration. Where were the MPD then mayor on this one?
Does this bring any negativity to the Port?
#2 Mar 24, 2014
I couldn't agree more...
#3 Mar 24, 2014
WHAT community standards? Who set those standards?
#4 Mar 24, 2014
What did the appeal process cost the tax payers of McKeesport and who decided to appeal this case when this was clearly a slam dunk for Ms. D ?
#5 Mar 24, 2014
When you have no standards, there's nothing to set..........o)~
#6 Mar 25, 2014
I would like to expand upon your question. What did the entire legal process from day one cost the taxpayers of MASD? Add to that the anticipated monetary settlement with possible ensuing actions and adjudications in civil and federal courts.
With costs, settlements to date, and future legal risks, this could approach $2 M to $3 m. No wonder his attorney CL was so confident and cheerful -- he should because he has few more slam dunkers. The is a bases loaded HR for CJ and Ms. D, and it should be.
All the MASD elected official who voted against her and MASD union officials and MASD administrators who perpetuated this failed witch hunt should be surcharged for all costs to the MASD taxpayers. Unfortunately, the late Dr. Risha cheated justice with death.
#7 Mar 25, 2014
HOW ABOUT MORAL TURPITUDE doctrine or standard or statute. I think the Cornell School scandal may fall into this category.
Assault, gross indecency, and adultery should apply to the Ms. D case and related incidents one would think if the MPD or DA did their job, i.e., no invention by the power brokers.
Crimes Committed Against Person, Family Relationship, and Sexual Morality
Abandonment of a minor child (if willful and resulting in the destitution of the child)
Adultery (see INA 101** repealed by Public Law 97-116)
Assault (this crime is broken down into several categories, which involve moral turpitude):
o Assault with intent to kill, commit rape, commit robbery or commit serious bodily harm
o Assault with a dangerous or deadly weapon
Contributing to the delinquency of a minor
Incest (if the result of an improper sexual relationship)
o Involuntary (where the statute requires proof of recklessness, which is defined as the awareness and conscious disregard of a substantial and unjustified risk which constitutes a gross deviation from the standard that a reasonable person would observe in the situation. A conviction for the statutory offense of vehicular homicide or other involuntary manslaughter requires only a showing of negligence will not involve moral turpitude even if it appears the defendant in fact acted recklessly)
Rape (including "Statutory rape" by virtue of the victim's age)
#8 Mar 25, 2014
Change invention to intervention -- sorry for the error.
#9 Mar 25, 2014
McKeesport Skool Bored members , that corrupt local Teacher's Union & every single member of the MDC including the Senator & Risha's estate should pay . Those who controlled these puppets should be liable for all of the court costs & Mrs, D's. lost wages . Including the 'Whistling Peeper & his - at that time - mistress . Why should the taxpayers continuously pay for these corrupt politician's crimes , their court costs & penalties ??? Impeach them all - put them in jail & seize all their monies & properties to cover these costs . Good luck to you , Mrs. D - hopefully this will bring some light to this garbage dump of political corruption Muck' Sleazeport has become .
#10 Mar 25, 2014
You have expounded and erupted with my suppressed internal feelings and opinions so I do not have to replicate your truth and transparencies.
I would just like to add one item to complete "things to do and reveal" list you crafted so well.
The secretive report somehow anonymously provided to the Tribune Review should be printed verbatim for all to know the breath and depth of the cover ups by the late Dr. Risha, then mayor, MASD school board, administration, and teachers union.
They should all be surcharged accordingly.
#11 Mar 29, 2014
Who were the school board members when they voted on this, I forgot already.
#12 Mar 30, 2014
That said, who is currently the sexiest teacher in the MASD?
#13 Mar 30, 2014
The ones that appeared to vote for it were: Maglicco, Brown, Washowich, Kondrosky, Chiaverini, Lepretto. They each should be surcharged.
McKeesport Area School District fires teacher in sex scandal
Published: Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
McKeesport Area School District's board of directors voted 6-0 to fire a teacher who allegedly had sexual relations with another teacher in district classrooms.
Angela DiBattista was charged with immorality in an alleged 1999-2004 affair with Patrick Collins, a fellow teacher and former McKeesport Area Education Association president.
The decision came without comment toward the end of Wednesday's board meeting. District officials referred comment to solicitor Gary Matta, who was not at Wednesday's meeting and did not return calls requesting comment.
Director Thomas Maglicco made the motion to approve the recommendation of dismissal from hearing officer Thomas M. Costello. Director Jim Brown seconded it.
"Due to my previous involvement," director Patricia Maksin said, "I must abstain."
Maksin was MAEA vice president and Collins' successor as president. She also was a witness during a series of hearings conducted by Costello last summer.
Board president Wayne Washowich Sr., vice president Steven Kondrosky and directors Joseph Chiaverini and Joe Lopretto also voted yes, Lopretto by phone.
Directors Mark Holtzman and Christopher Halaszynski were absent. It may have been a turning point rather than the final word in the case. DiBattista could appeal the decision to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
She also reportedly retained counsel for a lawsuit, separate from her attorney for the hearings.
Attorney Charles LoPresti declined comment, saying he wanted to wait "until we get official word" from the district and could talk to his client.
The hearings recalled events between June 2004, when DiBattista and Collins allegedly had a confrontation in a classroom from which DiBattista emerged with a black eye and May 2006, when Collins accepted a $53,000 settlement and retired. According to testimony last summer, DiBattista refused an offer of a settlement that was smaller because she had less tenure.
"It is not the district's fault that (Collins) had 33 years (tenure) and (DiBattista) 12," said Carl Beard, the Altoona attorney hired as special counsel by the McKeesport Area School District in January 2006. "Both were treated equally under the circumstances." LoPresti called his client a scapegoat. Beard said DiBattista had a hard life but wasn't a scapegoat.
DiBattista's brother John M. Zoscak testified that he didn't believe his sister's original claim that she hit herself with a coffee cup or pie tin that she threw at Collins.
Zoscak asked his sister, "Did Pat Collins hit you?" He said his sister replied, "Yes, he hit me."
Collins allegedly threatened to tell his wife and DiBattista's now- deceased husband of the affair if DiBattista ended it.
In his closing argument last July, LoPresti referred to an alleged offer of immunity by Matta and fellow MASD attorneys Jack Cambest and Jacob Skezas.
LoPresti said allowing his client to teach for nine months after Collins faced a March 2005 disciplinary hearing showed the district fulfilled its part of the bargain.
MASD special counsel Carl Beard argued that DiBattista violated community standards and failed to provide a good example for her students.
In his conclusion last July, Beard refuted LoPresti's claim that DiBattista was offered immunity if she testified against Collins at his hearing.
"It just doesn't make sense that (Cambest, Matta and Skezas) would make a carte blanche guarantee," Beard said.
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#16 Mar 30, 2014
Three city employees on the board voted to fire her.
#17 Mar 30, 2014
OH! Well, they can help pay Ms. D from payroll deduction.....not a problem !
#18 Mar 30, 2014
The six that screwed up potentially $2,000,000 of the taxpayer monies should be surcharged and those three still on the board (Tom, Steve, and Joe) impeached.
#19 Mar 30, 2014
We never lose. This must be a bad dream.
#20 Mar 30, 2014
Justice is usually fairly dispensed once outside the boundaries of Allegheny County and the control of the AC Democratic political machine.
That could be why Mr. Camworst and his team came in second on this one.
#21 Mar 30, 2014
Pat Risha even brought in that special counsel from Altoona. We paid him a lot of money to work things out for us. I wonder if it's time to work a deal like Ralph Imbragno.
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