INTRODUCTION: This little blogpost is about a bad man running for District Attorney, right now, in Montgomery County in the elections ending November 2015. This man is also representing Centre County District Attorney -Stacy Parks Miller – as Stacy’s Plaintiff’s lawyer in a massive civil suit that she leveraged against Centre County. So, this very bad man acts in capacities both to sue us, and acts in the capacity to represent us as a lawyer – (in very bad faith). As a lawyer representing Centre County, he has taken an oath to protect the interests and public safety of the Centre County citizens, and clearly Castor has done everything to hurt us and nothing to protect us. This little blogpost is about Bruce Castor.
These cases are only six, but I could go on and on; there is no shortage of skeletons to be found in Bruce Castor’s closet. I could talk about the sex crimes of disbarred attorney Mike Sargent, who was once the Dean of Villanova Law School, and Bruce Castor’s crooked involvement with him and subsequent representation of him. I could talk about Corbett, Asher, Kane, Lunsford, Lee, Marrone, Dr. Robb, Rendell, Sandusky, Hoeffel, Godschalk, Matthews, Poulls, Cosby – I could tell you about these cases that aren’t featured here, or tell you worse details if the cases are here. You could fill a book with Castor’s corruption, but I for now, let’s just start here.
So, here we go:
- TRIAL OF VINCENT FUMO – (2009) – In 2009, Castor was called as a witness to testify in the criminal politician of Vincent Fumo. He was just a witness, but his testimony became center stage of the trial. He was an admitted thief and the news broke in Fumo’s trial. He testified under oath that he had illegally misused taxpayer funded state time, resources and state employees. Castor was not supposed to be the star of the Fumo trial, but he stole the show with his witness testimony. An extensive investigation into Castor’s “apparent violation of the Montgomery County Code of Ethics, and possible violation of State and Federal laws,” was launched by District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. Ferman, was notably, also, a political ally of Castor, friend of Castor, Castor had been her former boss when he was DA, and, Ferman, Castor had – arrogantly and obnoxiously – touted himself as a mentor to the female prosecutor (If you are a member of the press and you ask Castor about Ferman, he will tell you he invented her). Bottom line is that Ferman was hardly an objective party to conduct an investigation into Castor’s criminal behavior and under oath admission to THEFT of taxpayer funded time and resources. It would be like Bradley Lunsford launching an investigation into the criminal behavior of Stacy Parks Miller, or Kathleen Kane investigating Parks-Miller (Wait, that happened already). When Ferman’s investigation into Castor’s criminal activities transpired that year, it was during a year that had been a year of scandal in Pennsylvania politics. Supreme court justices, politicians and other members of the judiciary system had been charged, criminally prosecuted and jailed for far lesser offenses than Castor admitted to in the Fumo trial. Still the investigation was rather quiet, and nothing really came of it, except that Castor got off scot free, was never held accountable for these acts that other politicians had committed to much lesser degrees and had been charged as felons for. Ferman and Castor were friends. At the present, it’s a much forgotten investigation into much forgotten criminal admissions. At the present, it’s a subject matter that Castor avoids discussing at all costs. Even as he defends Stacy Parks Miller for allegation of the same criminal theft and political corruption, it’s a much forgotten about dirty little Castor secret. (And don’t be fooled, there are quite a few of those.) Below is an excerpt of the cross examination of Castor at Vincent Fumo’s criminal trial:
Here is the exchange between Assistant U.S. Attorney John Pease and Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. about using county property in 2004 while running for state attorney general. Castor was the Montgomery County district attorney at the time.
Pease: “You and Mr. [Christian] Marrone and your campaign consultant aren’t meeting in your office to talk about cases, are you?”
Pease: “You’re talking about campaign work, correct?”
Pease: “And also you’re meeting with fundraisers inside your county district attorney’s office during the course of the workday to talk about campaigns, aren’t you?”
Source: Audio recording of court testimony”
*Here is the link, if you want to read about the twisted tail of Christian Malone & Vincent Fumo – please dig, the extent of Castor’s corruption and manipulation of the system may other shock your moral sensibilities: http://articles.mcall.com/2009-01-28/news/4297101_1_castor-e-mail-system-political-activity
- BILL COSBY – (2005) – Bruce Castor is most known for his failure to charge Cosby in 2005, when he was D.A. and conducted an investigation into the 2005 drug and rape of one of the many Cosby victims. Castor was, back then, Montgomery County’s defective and sub-par District Attorney.
In 2005, Bill Cosby was a complicated more complicated matter, publicly – not evidentiary – speaking. He wasn’t a monster in 2005. Cosby had not yet been vilified by the media as a sexual predator, and his sexual crimes against women quiet rumors, as opposed to front page news. Prosecuting America’s Dad, and an iconic for racial equality and promoter for equal education of America’s minority youth: That would have been an unpopular move, and one that would have brought questions and controversy, so Castor proceeded on a politically careful path – ignoring the evidence, conducting a halfhearted investigation and keeping it quiet to the media – he never charged Cosby, and regrets it to this day.
Bruce Castor has not really admitted to his wrongs, but the mistake is a glaring shining shit stain on his already less than impeccable record. It was a catastrophic error on his part not to charge Cosby, and critically, it reveals that he will sideline his commitment to being a zealous prosecutor on behalf of victims of crime, for his own self promotion and sake of staying ‘popular’ with the media. Castor didn’t prosecute Cosby not because (as he claimed) there was not enough evidence, but because it would not have been in Castor’s best political interest to bring down this sex offender in the era before every lawyer in the country wanted to. Castor did not prosecute Cosby, because Castor was more concerned about his image, an image that would have been questioned and scrutinized and criticized if he were to move on charging Bill Cosby, who was still a saint back then. It would have been “uncool” of Castor to charge Cosby, way back when, before vilifying Cosby had been made cool by the press, and long before the movement to bring down Cosby had been mainstream.
Political motives ran, even more than at first glance, incestuously and deeply complicated for Castor in 2005 when it came to deciding whether or not to prosecute Bill Cosby. Bruce Castor’s father had served as an attorney in the real estate transaction wherein Cosby purchased his Montgomery County mansion where the alleged 2005 drug and rape of the victim occurred. Castor’s father had been instrumental in helping the Defendant purchase the crime scene where the rape occurred. Castor never divulged this to the victim’s attorney, nor to any of Cosby’s attorneys, he kept this connection quiet – and, the Cosby investigation concluded, quietly, with no charges. Bruce Castor had believed he had done the gentlemanly thing.
We talked a bit about why women might have their own reasons not to “come forward,” particularly years ago. “Well, I agree that there’s often times when women are sexually assaulted that they don’t come forward right away, [SAID BRUCE CASTOR] but I can’t remember a time that they waited a year. I mean, it’s a long time ago. But I needed some corroboration, because the victim in this case didn’t remember what happened.” [BECAUSE SHE WAS DRUGGED] “I mean, she had bits and pieces, and I had a theory about what had happened, but in order to corroborate the theory, I needed some forensics.” He talks about blood and urine and fingernail and hair samples, all of which would have been useful.
But didn’t the other women who came forward at the time provide some corroboration? “The answer is, under some circumstances, yes. It’s not corroboration in its strict sense, but it can be used for what’s called ‘the common scheme.’ If you can show that a person engages in a pattern of behavior that is peculiar enough that it’s almost like a signature, you can use that evidence from before or after the event that you have at issue.”
The other question about the Costand case is whether the pattern of behavior it uncovered should have caused the prosecutor to pursue Cosby more avidly. “Remember, it was this case that brought out all the other victims, and caused Cosby to buy her silence and keep the others from testifying,” said Baumbach. “It makes one wonder whether Castor could have done more to investigate this.”
It’s unclear how many other women Castor knew about when he made his decision. He says, “I don’t remember. I think it was a handful, not a very large amount.” [JUST A HANDFUL OF VICTIMS, CORROBORATING THAT THEY HAD BEEN RAPED]
Bill Cosby’s perpetuated his sexual predator activities. Bruce Castor, by not bringing down Cosby, paved the way for Cosby to continue to accrue other victims, and he did. Castor is slow to acknowledge the victims that came after his 2005 botched investigation, and prefers to deflect all acknowledgments of his responsibility on other involved parties. He had, in retrospect, determined it was “uncool” of him not to charge Cosby in 2005, and privately, he likely regrets it. “You have a daughter Bruce, knowing what you know now, would you ever let Bill Cosby near your daughter?”, one reporter queried. “No,” was Castor’s quiet admission.
In recent weeks, re-opening a second Cosby investigation has been proposed by District Attorney Ferman. Though Cosby can no longer be charged with crimes related to his sex offenses, Cosby can be charged with perjury for lying about his sex offenses. The statute of limitations for these new potential charges is 12 years, and the alleged assault and investigation had occurred in 2005. Castor, who caught wind at this, publicly reached out to media outlets and to the his friend, Risa Vetri Ferman, at the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. His request: ‘Stall the investigation’, he urged of the DA. Stall the investigation until Castor can win the November 2015 DA election and personally reopen the botched investigation himself. Nevermind the impending statute, or risk that the Cosby victim may never receive any justice for the sex crimes the Defendant committed if that statute is blown. It makes little sense to delay a second investigation, and legally speaking – it’s a profoundly risky move – given the statute. But nevermind all that, stall the second investigation into Bill Cosby. Why? Because Bruce Castor wants to.
Bruce Castor’s, apparently counter-intuitive, motives in urging the D.A. to stall or delay a second investigation are twofold, purely politically self serving.
- MICHAEL POULS – (2014) – Think Bernie Madoff, think massive ponzi scheme that stole from the working and middle class retirement funds to line his own full pockets, and meanwhile showed little remorse when wrecked and financially devastated the average working americans who had scrimped and saved their entire lives. Think thief, think sociopath, think narcissistic, think nasty, think evil, think lying, think greed driven: And then, multiply the feeling of that moral abhorrence by ten, and enter Michael Pouls. A millionaire many times over, he was convicted of stealing 12 million from banks through fraud and forging bank loan documents. Pouls had an opulent lifestyle. He owned a $22 million dollar mansion, once featured on MTV cribs. He was a powerful man in Montgomery County – notably, he was one of the powerful Pennsylvania’s richest per capita county in the state. He had public employees fired for disagreeing with him. He gave money to the political interests of those politicians who could line his pockets and further his own financial interests, including Bruce Castor. When the story broke and Pouls had been indicted, it was Bruce Castor first to rush to this crook’s defense. Bruce Castor, who had left the DA’S office and was commissioner at that time, must have saw dollar signs in taking on this crook’s defense because it was an unpopular move to do so. Money could have been the only motivation. The public hated Poul’s, who he robbed of their savings, and who the banks had cited as one of the specific reasons they would need a federal bailout. Castor, abandoning his principles for a little – let’s face it, probably a lot – of money to defend Pouls, concocted an absurd defense. Pouls was a “sterling example of the American Dream”, a man defined by principles of “honesty and hard work.” Pouls, in fact, was a shining example of everything Castor campaigned he was against. Pouls, in fact, committed acts that Bruce Castor similar to those acts that “inspired” Bruce Castor to become a prosecutor in the first place. But when it came to the – likely 7 figure – lucrative retainer deal, Bruce Castor abandoned his principles with little hesitation. Teaming with Dennis Cogan, a lawyer with a quite terrible reputation, Bruce Castor must have made some money off defending Pouls. The press coverage surrounding Pouls had been so ugly, I can garuntee you Castor would have never done it, except that there was a great fee and lucrative opportunity to line his pockets in exchange. Pouls was a scumbag, Castor’s million dollar defense fell flat, he was laughed out of court and lost the case:
But not even a legal team led by led by former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr., now a county commissioner, could convince Judge Diamond of Pouls’ good intentions.
Castor spent much of Friday’s hearing lauding his client as a sterling example of up-from-the-bootstraps American entrepreneurial spirit.
“This is still America,” he said. “We think working hard and enjoying the fruits of your labor is something to be admired.”
Diamond deflated that narrative with a single cutting remark.
Working to pay off his losses, “Mr. Pouls chose not to go into bankruptcy,” Castor had said.
Diamond fired back: “No, he chose to steal money instead.”
- JOEY MASTRONARDOS – (2006 & 2014) – It would be a stretch to say Bruce Castor is connected to the mob, because Bruce Castor is a notably out of shape man, with a very submissive, sycophantically weak personality. Bruce Castor being tied to the mob better describes Castor’s mob connections, as in sometimes the mob pays him for favors, and/or threatens him into doing corrupt deeds. Castor is not connected to the mafia: Castor is a tool for the mafia, and occasionally makes some money off them in exchange. Joey M. was prosecuted by Castor, when Castor was DA in 2006, for charges relating to Joey M. running a multi million dollar illegal mob gambling ring. Joey M., due to his involvement, and due to his prior charges for similar offenses a few years back, was facing a lot of time in the federal penitentiary. Represented by Dennis Cogan, Joey M. was in a world of shit. A few search warrants later, and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office had uncovered $2.7 million dollars in cash from the Defendant’s vehicle and home. Naturally, Castor piled the large bills into a pyramid and placed the heap of money in front of him, and called a press conference, summoning as many members of the media as he could find. Perched in front of this massive stack of government seized money, he promised a zealous prosecution, and consequences for Joey M. (Joey M. was also hiring hitman who were beating to death gambling debts – Sam Ho, [mob hired vietnamese hitman accused of murder Sam Ho (I swear I’m not making this up)]). Bruce Castor, though known for wearing thick coats of make up for media appearances, seemed to have a particularly ruddy and thick glow that day, sitting in front of the cameras and cash. Perhaps it was his good mood, but more than likely it was his love of money. So, it seemed a hopeless case for Joey M., who given the press would face serious time, and a sentencing Judge who would not go lightly on him. Low and behold, on the eve of trial Bruce Castor and Dennis Cogan (attorney for the Defendant) struck a deal. Joey M., in the plea bargain, would get just a little bit of jail time (1-2) years, and some probation. In exchange of this bargain of a lifetime, Castor stipulated that neither the Defendant, nor the Defendant’s lawyer, would contest the possession or seizure of the $2.7 million dollars.
But the story does not end there, fast forward a few years later and – you guessed it – Joey M. is in trouble again for the same offenses. This time Castor is Montgomery County Commissioner. The former prosecutor, for – as one can imagine, a sizeable legal fee – partnered with Dennis Cogan and filed an entry to defend Joey M. (who he had formerly prosecuted). Joey M. was a millionaire, some folks contend that Dennis Cogan and Bruce Castor made millions together. A match made in hell, they are two lawyers without a conscious and will stop at nothing to make a buck. Reputation be damned, Castor made some money off this shady arrangement. Castor’s million dollar defense was as lack luster as it was in the Pouls trial, Joey M. finally got the prison time he probably deserved to get in the first botched prosecution. The victims are still dead, and how the $2.7 million dollars was spent – well nobody knows – : What is known is Castor made a shit ton of money on both ends, and got press coverage all the way through.
Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct dealing with special conflicts of interest, former government officers cannot represent a private client in connection with a matter in which that lawyer “substantially” participated as a public officer.
Prosecutors argued Castor, as district attorney, was actively involved in the 2006 Mastronardo investigation and even reviewed and approved county Detective Steve Forzato’s application for wiretaps on the Mastronardos’ phones.
“Mr. Castor Jr. listened to Lt. Forzato’s strategic advice and added his own thoughts, including a plan to take down Joseph V. Mastronardo Jr. when he returned from Florida when his car was full of cash and loaded ‘like a Brinks truck,'” Parisi wrote in court papers.
After the searches were carried out and individuals were charged in the 2006 Mastronardo investigation, Castor was personally involved in all aspects of the case, including decisions regarding criminal charges and plea negotiations, Parisi claimed.
Castor also commented extensively to the media following the 2006 arrests of the Mastronardos including the statement, “I think prison is an appropriate disposition and we will be seeking jail time,” to a reporter in June 2006, according to Parisi.
In 2006, the Mastronardo brothers pleaded guilty to bookmaking charges. Joseph Mastronardo, 60, of Abington, served two years in prison, some of it under house arrest, while his younger brother, 54, of Plymouth, was sentenced to two to 23 months in jail. Additionally, the brothers were sentenced to complete five years’ probation upon release from jail.
- BRUCE GODSCHALK – While the above, does contain some humor as it involves well to do thieves and criminals who are likely deserving of their fates, the next is a very sad, tragic, abhorrently offensive miscarriage of justice. Lets begin with this: Bruce Castor does not believe in DNA. Godschalk was convicted of raping two women in the 1980’s, in the era prior to the advancement of forensic science when DNA testing was not available. Admittedly, Godschalk got a supremely shitty trial, and subsequently a wrongful conviction, but the true miscarriage of justice was the flat out REFUSAL of then District Attorney, Castor, to right this wrong. He was still adamant on his innocence, and fighting for a simple request. He wanted to test the semen taken from the victims, because he knew one thing for damn sure, that the sperm was not his. This little request was fought through copious pleadings, tooth and nail, denial after denial, going up the chain of power in the judicial system. It was fraught with cover ups, bold faced lies, and a fight where a fight hardly seemed merited. Deliberate cover up, copious pleadings, and finally a civil sight to grant Godschalk access to the evidence that was used to convict him levied some relief. Some relief.
In November 2000, the Innocence Project and local counsel filed a Section 1983 civil rights complaint seeking access to the evidence. After the Federal District Court granted access to the evidence and the prosecution’s motion to dismiss was denied, the District Attorney consented to release the evidence in the spring of 2001. Delays in setting a testing protocol and delivering the evidence led to the Innocence Project filing of a motion for summary judgement in June 2001.
In their response to this motion, the prosecution revealed that they had sent the relevant evidence to a laboratory and had it tested, without the knowledge or consent of the Innocence Project. Prosecutors reported that their laboratory had not been able to obtain results and, furthermore, represented that the evidence had been consumed in this secret testing. The District Attorney also included an affidavit from the police officer that had elicited the confession from Godschalk.
Several of the “facts” represented in the District Attorney’s motion were false. Though they claimed that all of the evidence from one of the crimes was sent to the laboratory, a carpet sample with semen was never received by the laboratory. The District Attorney’s Office told the Court that the carpet sample was not introduced as evidence and was not significant to the case, though this sample originated from the home of the victim that could not identify Godschalk and was used at trial to tie him to the scene of the crime. – See more at: http://www.innocenceproject.org/cases-false-imprisonment/bruce-godschalk#sthash.KAmhNNa3.dpuf
Bruce Castor did not want to pay for the genetic testing of this convicted rapist, he argued adamantly against providing this wrongfully convicted victim of the justice system a chance to prove his innocence and gain his freedom. When at last the Defendant’s mother died, leaving a small estate of $10k – just enough for the Defendant to afford to pay for the DNA tests with the moneys from his mother’s estate – The test was conclusive: Bruce Godschalk was innocent, the semen was not his. Castor took to the news with continued vehement objections and more fighting, the DNA testing was nonconclusive. The DNA testing was wrong. Castor did not believe in DNA. Castor did not believe in genetics. Castor did not believe in science. The man was guilty because Castor said he was. As a result of Castor’s obstinence, Godschalk spent 7 additional years out of fifteen years in which wrongfully imprisoned. Castor did not believe in science, or didn’t want the negative press coverage of admitting his offices mistakes. Godschalk went on to become an advocate for the Innocence Project. He successfully sued Bruce Castor and Montgomery County for the wrongful conviction, and laws and policies were changed as a result of this case. Castor’s mistakes were so well argued and documented, that those accused of crimes prior to DNA evidence were now legally granted access to test the materials that had put them in prison in the first place, and that could potentially exonerate them. Seven more years as a result of Castor’s activities. Surprisingly, Godschalk said he isn’t angry, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be or shouldn’t be. https://www.google.com/search?q=bruce+castor+godschalk&rlz=1CAACAC_enUS625US625&oq=bruce+castor+godschalk&aqs=chrome..69i57.4860j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=0&ie=UTF-8
- JIM MATTHEWS – (2012) – Jim Matthews leads a rather private life now, working as mortgage broker in a private, sort of hometown investment firm. If you mention the name Bruce Castor to Jim Matthews, his jovial and friendly personality shuts down, and he hangs the phone up on you. Bruce Castor was a fellow commissioner and political rival of Matthews before Matthews became a convicted felon and was ejected from the commissioners board because of allegations of unethical behavior. These alleged criminal activities were brought to light and peddled through the press by Matthews arch rival and political opponent Castor. Matthews was removed from the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners for violations of the sunshine act in a scandal invented by Bruce Castor’s and known to locals in Montgomery County as “Breakfastgate.” Breakfastgate is interesting, because it evidences the vindictive, stop at nothing to destroy his adversaries, I-will-drink-your-blood-if-you-cross-me, vengeful, retalitory, predatorial nature of Castor. Breakfastgate also teaches us that Castor is powerful in his ability as a manipulator, and deeply connected and willing to cash in favors or give favors to ruin any percieved threat to his massive ego, and pretense of being the most powerful man in the room. It was no secret that none of the commissioners liked Bruce Castor when he took his seat at the table. Castor’s long winded rants were editted out of the publicly broadcasted commissioners meetings, and he was largely considered to be a pompously idiotic jerk. He was still practicing law full time, and poorly and inadequately trying to juggle his responsibilities as a Commissioner. Sure, he was neglecting his duties, but more than that, he simply wasn’t liked. This is not unusual, Castor in always wanting to take center stage, usually makes enemies with his fellow politicians. This capacity to piss people off, to not play well with the other kids on the playground, to sideline, to show steal, to brag, to sulk, to throw tempertantrums, this myopic sort of I’m-the-goddamn-center-of-the-universe-you-had-better-believe-that attitude is specifically what ruined Castor when he was a potential gubatorial candidate, and the leader of the GOP asserted that “Castor just was not the man for the job.” Telling Castor no illicits a vengeful, retaliatory response every time. Castor, like a petulant toddler in a grocery store, will react at the word no. And as entertaining as his public breakdowns on the congress floor and in the political spotlight appear to be, they also reveal his character. He is a nasty, vengeful, spiteful, out-for-nobody-but-himself type of guy. You can only avoid the wrath of Castor by treating him like the god he fancies himself to be, and that’s about the only way to get along with him:
Asked whether Castor had ever been invited to the breakfast briefings, Hoeffel scoffed.“Then it wouldn’t be any fun,” he said. “I don’t want to have breakfast with Bruce Castor.”The spat is only the latest to feature Castor on one side and Hoeffel and Matthews on the other. The three have bickered publicly and in private since taking office in 2008, when Matthews crossed party lines, struck a power-sharing deal with Hoeffel, and edged out Castor for the chairman’s seat.
Since then, Castor has on various occasions labeled Matthews a “laughingstock” and other names during government meetings. Matthews describes Castor as a “hypocrite.”
But is Breakfastgate likely to encourage a more open working relationship among the trio? Not likely, Hoeffel said.
“Matthews and I want to run this government,” he said. “Bruce wants to blow it up.”
Moral of the story, is that you have to invite Castor to breakfast, or else expect he will eat you instead. And then he will have you arrested, ruin your career, your reputation, and go after your family. Jim Matthews was cleared of all charges except a misdemeanor, and this misdemeanor was later cleared from his record. He was ejected from the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, and politically ruined for allegations levied by Bruce Castor, that later proved to be exaggerated, or downright false. And the other commissioners, appalled and frightened, imaginably began inviting Bruce Castor to breakfast, where they were likely sick to their stomach watching him eat.
If there is nothing to be taken from this story, there is the stated danger. A grand jury investigation into our commissioners for violations of the sunshine act may be occurring here in Centre County as we speak. And violations of the sunshine act are serious, particularly with Castor involved. Castor is experienced in destroying commissioners who he accuses of sunshine act violations, if there is any question as to that, just ask Jim Matthews. Castor’s plan for Centre County Commissioners should be taken with the utmost seriousness. I mean, given breakfastgate, given everything.
Here is the criminal complaint:
Our most sensible recourse is to remove him as an appointed attorney representing the interests of our County; he does not have our interests at heart. Our most sensible option is to counter sue this guy who is suing our County, and plenty of legal minds will agree: There is plenty of merit for a counter-suit, I mean, given everything, Why not? It would be quite a heroic and gallant endeavor of Centre County, who is tough enough, rich enough, smart enough and powerful enough to leverage a lawsuit. He is a threat to us, and makes no bones about it. His threats are publicly available to be read in articles produced by the local press. Bruce Castor is a category five, and Centre County is in the eye of the storm right now.