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Paul Camiolo files suit
in Federal Court against State Farm Fire and Casualty Company and Law Enforcement
July 26, 2000
Paul Camiolo and the Estates of his Mother
and Father filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Pennsylvania against State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, various
employees of State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, Upper Moreland Township,
Upper Moreland Township Police Department, its ex-police chief and various
police officers, Upper Moreland Township Fire Department, Fire Marshall Sullivan,
Trooper Investigative Services, various employees of Trooper Investigative
Services,, Robert H. Jones Associates, Inc. and various employees of Robert
H. Jones Associates, Inc.
The complaint alleges that State Farm
Fire and Casualty Company and various employees of State Farm Fire and
Casualty Company, conspired with Upper Moreland
Township, Upper Moreland Township Police Department, its ex-police chief and
various police officers, Upper Moreland Township Fire Department, Fire Marshall
Sullivan, Trooper Investigative Services, various employees of Trooper Investigative
Services, Robert H. Jones Associates, Inc. and various employees of Robert
H. Jones Associates, Inc. to place an innocent man in prison for the arson
murders of his mother and father.
It is alleged that the motive of State
Farm Fire and Casualty Company and various employees of State Farm Fire and
Casualty Company, was to avoid payment of money to repair the fire damage
sustained in a fatal fire at the family residence on September 30, 1996.
It is alleged that the motive of Upper
Moreland Township, Upper Moreland Township Police Department, its ex-police
chief and various police officers, Upper Moreland Township Fire Department,
Fire Marshall Sullivan was done to enhance its/their crime fighting reputation.
It is further alleged that all parties
sued exchanged information with each other and conspired to take Paul Camiolo’s
freedom from him by using outdated and improper investigative and scientific
procedures and not producing evidence that would lead to proof of his innocence.
The actions of these parties placed Paul Camiolo in prison for ten (10) months
before he was released after presentation of evidence not presented to the
Assistant District of Montgomery County PA by the law enforcement authorities
and scientific evidence information by his criminal defense counsel.
The matter was filed in the United
States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and assigned
the number 00 CV 3696.
dismissal upheld by Federal Court; rules that allegation alone is evidence
Click HERE for 3rd Circuit Opinion (pdf format)
June 30, 2003
On June 30th
the 3rd circuit court of appeals upheld the dismissal of Paul Camiolo’s Civil
Rico and Civil Rights lawsuit against State Farm insurance, Upper Moreland
Township, and Montgomery County Pennsylvania District Attorney Independent
Expert George Wert. Access to the State Investigating Grand Jury Testimony
was denied Camiolo’s counsel (although defendant’s were granted unfrettered
access by the District Attorney’s office) because the Judges found that proper
deference was not paid to the state court judge when asking for transcripts
for the testimony (alternate means to uphold lawsuit’s dismissal) thus in
effect assuring secrecy for wrongdoing, and forcing people such as Camiolo
to petition the very court which trampled over their rights in the first
Despite testimony in front of the judges which showed from the presentment,
reports and depositions that many improper activities occurred this did not
sway the 3rd circuit. Evidence included the Upper
Moreland Township Fire Marshall ruling the fire everything – accidental,
incendiary, and undetermined. He also had different origin points as
the reports changed and no explanation for the origin changing.
Sullivan covered up the accidental report to the grand jury (as per his deposition),
and the DA who presented the case allowed this misdirection to take place
(Miller affidavit – knew of Sullivan accidental report). Junk Science
and improper procedures were allowed to be testified to the grand jury as
fact. Despite crazed glass only being recognized as indicitive
of fire suppression efforts independent Expert Wert (report, deposition)
found it indicitive of an accelerated fire. A misleading vhs tape of
a sofa burning (as per presentment) was shown to the grand jury of
furniture dissimiliar to the furniture in the Camiolo house. No attempt
was made by Wert to obtain a fabric sample and determine the materials flammability
versus the material in the vhs he showed the grand jury.
According to the presentment, flashover did not happen. The flashover
or lack thereof was used to discredit truly independent expert Steve Avato
ATF, CFI in the presentment. Of course later on, Wert admits to flashover
in his deposition, and Sullivan admits to flashover as well.
And in a presentment being presented as a gasoline accelerated fire, it is
amazing to note that Independent Expert Wert did not even believe the fire
was gasoline accelerated in the first place (Wert Deposition).
And after taking a job as an independent expert, Mr. Wert found it necessary
to review only the arson reports before coming to his opinion.
The facts portion of the presentment was as bad than the science portion
of the presentment. During the evidence presentation my mother’s
hand burn was suppressed to the grand jury to rule out an accidental scenerio.
The presenter, now Assistant US Attorney Mark Miller by this time had
her medical records from the accident for 1 year by then and her autopsy
report which clearly showed the burns Mr. Miller was implying to the jury
did not exist. Also, my mother was conscious and communicative
for several periods after the accident prior to her death. Why no effort
to get a statement from another survivor ? And last, but not
least according to Ex-Police Chief Stauch (deposition) and the brief filed
by the township before the appellate court, evidence tampering is admitted
What is your office hiding Mr. District Attorney Bruce Castor ?
Why the effort to protect the wrongdoers ?