York County District Attorney Tom Kearney said Thursday (Aug. 2, 2012) that he doesn’t see any conflict of interest at this time with former Chief Deputy Prosecutor Karen Comery now working with a defense attorney representing a defendant in an active murder case.
Kearney said the law requires him to turn over all case information Comery, who signed the death penalty notices for two other defendants in the case, would have knowledge of anyway.
“I don’t know of any advantage to be gained,” he said, adding, “We can, if we perceive a conflict of interest, file with the court.”
He said he would leave that decision up to prosecutors Jennifer Russell and David Sunday who are handling the case.
I have reached out to the attorneys of the two capital murder defendants to see if they think there is a conflict.
Rick Robinson, who represents one of those men, said he has “absolutely no concern” with Comery now working with John Hamme.
“I’ve known Karen for years,” he said. “I know her integrity and I don’t question it.”