State Supreme Court won't hear appeal of former Macungie mayor

Court also rejects appeal by district attorney

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Published: Jul 18 2013 05:54:07 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 18 2013 06:00:37 PM EDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by former Macungie mayor Rick Hoffman, as well as an appeal in the same case by Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.

The state's highest court denied both appeals Thursday.

Both Hoffman and Martin appealed a January lower court decision that Hoffman was the borough's top law enforcement officer.

Both men declared partial victory when that Commonwealth Court decision was issued, but both appealed.

 Hoffman was not given complete power by that Commonwealth Court decision. The court only gave him access to the police department's hard copy records.

Martin applauded the fact that the court limited access to some investigative records. But he said the decision was confusing, especially when dealing with the state's Criminal History Record Act. So the district attorney also appealed because he wanted a clarification.

The legal dispute started in 2010 when Hoffman asked for access to Macungie police work schedules and a key to the department and Edward Harry, Jr., the borough's police chief, refused.

Hoffman recently quit as mayor and moved out of state.