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20060128 York Daily Record Attorney General Will Not Charge DA but His Decision Will Not Affect Becky Downings Civil Suit Against Stan Rebert

20060128 York Daily Record Attorney General Will Not Charge DA but His Decision Will Not Affect Becky Downings Civil Suit Against Stan Rebert

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Attorney general will not charge DA But his decision will not affect Becky Downings civil suit

against Stan Rebert. Author: RICK LEE; Daily Record/Sunday News Article Text: Days after former York County Chief Detective Becky Downing sued her ex-boss, District Attorney Stan Rebert, and York County for wrongful termination, Rebert forwarded Downing's allegations of malfeasance and misconduct in his office to the Pennsylvania Attorney General for investigation. Friday, almost a year later, Rebert released a letter from the attorney general's criminal prosecutions section that advised him "no criminal charges will result from Ms. Downing's allegations." "After a thorough investigation into the allegations raised by Rebecca Downing against District Attorney Stan Rebert, the attorney general's office found the evidence did not warrant any charges being filed," said Kevin Harley, spokesman for the attorney general's office. "We consider the matter closed, and he has been cleared of any wrongdoing." Rebert said he made the letter public after the attorney general's office did not publicize the findings. "I feel great about it," said Rebert, who was re-elected in November to a sixth term. Downing and her husband, Robert G. Leichliter, who also is a plaintiff in the suit, declined to comment Friday on the decision. Their attorneys could not be reached for comment. In February, Downing's attorneys contended Rebert and Attorney General Tom Corbett, both Republicans, had a "close relationship" that would impede a "truly impartial" investigation. The attorney general's findings have no legal effect on the civil suit filed by Downing in U.S. Middle District Court in February. "But I think it will have a dramatic impact on the civil suit," Rebert said. "They determined there was no substance to many, if not all, the allegations. Hopefully, she will withdraw (the suit). But I don't anticipate that happening." With the criminal investigation concluded, Rebert's civil attorneys filed motions in Middle District Court on Friday seeking to quash Downing's attempts to obtain district attorney office cell phone records, internal and external emails and other correspondence pertaining to York County Drug Task Force funds and Rebert's campaign activity. Rebert's attorneys maintain the information is "not relevant" to Downing's claims of wrongful termination and is an attempt "to discover evidence to support their unsubstantiated and irrelevant allegations of scandalous or improper conduct within the district attorney's office."

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