Penncrest asks PA Family Institute for legal help

A Penncrest School District official is seeking the help of a “religious liberty” group as the district goes on the hunt for full-time legal counsel.

A Jan. 24 email, obtained via Right to Know Law request from the USA Today Network, shows school board President Luigi DeFrancesco describing several district issues to an attorney from the Independence Law Center, the legal arm of the nonprofit Pennsylvania Family Institute.

“If you can possibly help us please let me know,” DeFrancesco told attorney Jeremy Samek after describing a series of issues in Penncrest that may require legal advice.

Penncrest’s former solicitor, George Joseph, of the Quinn Law Firm, tendered his resignation letter days earlier, citing a “fundamental disagreement” with a majority of the school board that “compromised (the law firm’s) ability to provide legal ongoing services” with the district.

The resignation followed a Jan. 9 work session where two board members referred

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Gov. Kristi Noem, Family at ‘High Risk’ of Identity Theft After Jan. 6 Committee’s SSN Leak: Attorney

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who has just begun her second term, says she and her immediate family are at a “very high risk” of identity theft after the House’s Jan. 6 committee made the family’s Social Security numbers public.

In what Noem’s attorney described as a “critical breach of confidential data,” the Social Security numbers belonging to Noem, her husband, her three children, and her son-in-law were published without redaction as part of the White House’s visitor logs that became exhibits during hearings by the panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol.

The logs contained “nearly 2,000 Social Security numbers associated with visitors to the White House in December 2020,” according to The Washington Post, which first reported on the leak. The numbers, as required by law, should have been redacted prior to the document’s publication.

“This information was publicly available for days before being

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