SableGate: A Step Forward

The first lawsuit is underway, a petition in Common Pleas Court to invalidate the confidentiality stipulation in Margery Sable's buyout contract, and to get copies of the underlying records. The Trib's coverage is here.

The residents/petitioners have a strong case, but they'll need to be prepared for a long process. Common Pleas Court may reject the petition, either because the buyout contract itself has already been released, or because Common Pleas Court will decide that it's not the right court to decide the matter. If the residents can maneuver the claim as far as they need to, and as far as it can go -- the PA Supreme Court -- my sense is that they should ultimately prevail. But that will take a fair amount of fortitude, and resources. Will the Board make the people they represent go that far?

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