Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

An earlier comment suggested I contact the ACLU concerning my Commonwealth Court affirmation.
If you are still interested in pursuing this case, I would suggest that you give Vic Walczak, the legal director of PA's ACLU, a call. I think he lives in Upper St. Clair, and see if he would be willing to take this case to the Pa Supreme Court. 
Thanks for all of your efforts to identify these hunting and shooting locations so that residents can warn their children to stay out of harms way, and try to protect the safety of their family and pets.

December 12, 2016 at 11:10 PM
I contacted the ACLU and received this reply:

From: Info <>
To: egillen476 <>
Sent: Wed, Dec 14, 2016 8:59 am

 Thank you for contacting the ACLU with your question.  Unfortunately, the ACLU does not currently have a confidential system by which to process email complaints, or the resources to answer general questions about the law. 
The ACLU is a privately funded organization relying heavily on the services of volunteer attorneys.  We seek to preserve and extend certain constitutional principles, most of which are found in the Bill of Rights.  We are not a general provider of legal services.
We generally take only those cases in which the facts are not in substantial dispute and, more importantly, in which there is a significant civil liberties issue.  We give priority to cases where our participation can benefit a large class of people or lead to a positive change in the law.  Scarce resources are an unfortunate constraint, preventing us from taking many meritorious civil liberties cases.  As a result, we must be very selective in choosing which issues to address.
To obtain an answer to your question or other legal advice, we advise you to contact a private attorney or other legal services provider.   If you believe that your rights have been violated, you can complete and submit an online complaint form on our website at , or you may fill out and mail in a general complaint form, which is available at More information about the types of cases we take is available at
ACLU of Pennsylvania
PO Box 60173
Philadelphia, Pa 19102
p: 215-592-1513

Taking this case to the State Supreme Court is very expensive. I still haven't recovered from the first round at the Court of Common Pleas, thanks to our commissioners who appealed the PA Office of Open Records Final Determinations. My gofundme was helpful (thanks again to all who contributed) but left me with quite a legal bill. Unless Santa leaves me a check under the tree, I don't see how I can continue to pursue this. We don't have the right to know where or when arrows are flying or bullets are discharged in our densely populated community. I'm arranging a bus trip to Rolliers to meet with John in the paint department, so that he may advise us on soothing colors to paint our basements.*
Thanks, Kristen Linfante, for the sage advice.

*In case there are readers who do not recognize sarcasm, there is no bus trip to Rolliers.


Anonymous said...


The Supreme Court of PA does not take every case for which appellants ask for review. I don't know the percentage of cases that they actually review and decide, but it is low. Chances are they would not agree to hear your case at the Supreme Court level.

I don't know why somebody recommended that you be in touch with the ACLU about a further appeal. This is not the type of case that the ACLU handles (at any level).

Although I believe that your case was decided incorrectly by both PA courts, I also believe that the case has reached the end of the road.


E. T. Gillen said...

And Tony DeNicola laughs all the way to the bank.

Anonymous said...

I heart New York; the governor intervened and is having a city deer relocated instead of killed.

E. T. Gillen said...

I pray that nobody gets hurt or dies as a result of this secret hunt.