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Depositions to Take Place in June

After four-years of wading through the Pennsylvania court system, including a trip to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, an attorney for several Tullytown residents will soon be questioning former and present Tullytown police officers about alleged surveillance of candidates for borough office during the 2013 primary election.

In 2014 former Councilmen Ed Armstrong, Ed Czyzyk, George Fox and council candidate Robert Campanaro filed a Writ in the Court of Common Pleas against Tullytown Borough that could lead to a future lawsuit. Court etiquette in Pennsylvania is covered under "Rules of Civil Procedureā€, written by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Rules allow potential plaintiffs to gather information, aka discovery, prior to filing a lawsuit.

In their attempt to oppose discovery, Tullytown has suffered losses in the Court of Common Pleas, Commonwealth Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court while spending between $30,000-50,000 of taxpayers' money. Tullytown Borough has made all attempts to stop the foursome from seeking the truth.

For some background, the foursome have evidence that strongly suggests they were the subjects of illegal surveillance by the Tullytown Police Department, under orders from some unknown person or persons, during the 2013 election cycle. The potential litigants started receiving reports of the alleged surveillance in 2014 from other police sources that interact socially with Tullytown's police officers. Though initially questioning the legitimacy of the reports, the four continued to hear the same reports, and eventually filed a Writ in the Court of Common Pleas that they at the very least wanted to speak with several existing and former Tullytown Police Officers.

"This is not a witch hunt against Tullytown Police", the plaintiffs say but rather a means of proper fact-finding. In fact, Armstrong, Czyzyk and Fox, in their previous roles as council members, have showed nothing but support for the small town's police force. "We simply want to know if this happened, and who ordered it", said Armstrong.

How serious is spying on citizens for political purposes? Here's the short list of countries engaging in such activity: Bahrain, China, East Germany (former), Iran, North Korea, Romania, Russia, Syria andVietnam.