Attorney General Announces Decision in Criminal Referral from York County D.A.
HARRISBURG — The First Deputy of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Michelle Henry, issued the following statement regarding a criminal referral involving Senator Scott Wagner and Mr. Chris Van Leeuwen from the York County District Attorney to the Office of Attorney General:
“On May 4th, the York County District Attorney requested in a letter that the Office of Attorney General assume jurisdiction due to a conflict of interest over a videotaped confrontation between Senator Scott Wagner and Mr. Chris Van Leeuwen. Our office accepted that request in accordance with Pennsylvania law and worked with the Spring Garden Township Police to examine the evidence and form a conclusion.
In consultation with the Spring Garden Township Police, the Attorney General exercised his prosecutorial discretion and determined there will be no criminal charges filed against either Mr. Van Leeuwen or Senator Wagner. While both men acted inappropriately and, as a public official Senator Wagner should have maintained proper civil discourse and controlled his anger, the facts, circumstances and conduct do not rise to the level where the Attorney General’s office will pursue criminal charges.”
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