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The Suburbanite
  • Sandy Hook donation lawsuit dropped

  • Thomas Marcelli and his attorney, Craig Conley, dismissed their complaint on Friday.

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  • A taxpayer lawsuit filed over a $5,000 donation to the Sandy Hook shooting victims in Newtown, Conn., was formally dropped Friday.
    Thomas Marcelli and his attorney, Craig Conley, dismissed their complaint in Stark County Common Pleas Court.
    The move was expected after Judge Frank Forchione earlier this month asked the Sandy Hook School Support Fund in Newtown to return a $5,000 donation that the judge ordered a defendant to make in December.
    The charity was set up following the Dec. 14 shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults.
    Conley filed a civil complaint, asking the courts to determine if Forchione had the discretion to order former Jackson basketball coach Scott Studer to pay the fine to the charity. Conley, representing Bethlehem Township resident Marcelli, contended state law required fine money to be paid to the county treasury.
    Conley accused Forchione of grandstanding during his Dec. 19 sentencing of Studer. Forchione asked for the people in the courtroom to observe a moment of silence for the shooting victims and then ordered Studer to donate his fine to the charity.