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DeRosa is seeking the IP addresses to help him determine who made the
following posts as described by the court order. If you are one of the
posters or know one of the posters, they should call me (do not give me
your name), simply identify yourself as the username you posted.”
Rattanni also says in his message that people who are uncomfortable
contacting him about the matter may contact the ACLU to have the
“If you do not respond in a timely manner,” he adds, “your First
Amendment rights may be forfeit.” Neither Rattanni nor the ACLU could be
reached for comment on the matter.
DeRosa said Friday of the suit, “When they start spouting lies and
saying stuff that’s not true ... the truth’s got to come out.
“You can’t call me a liar and a thief unless you can prove it,” added
DeRosa, who contends claims that he paid anyone in his family to work on
the bridge are false.
DeRosa said his brother helped tear down part of the bridge and haul
away material but did not receive pay for his service.
The firm Earth Concepts and its owner Paul Ucman, who is the
ex-husband and current boyfriend of DeRosa’s niece, received a total
payment of $3,400 for doing concrete work on the bridge.
DeRosa noted that he is not particularly close to Ucman but said that
Ucman’s company delivered the township
a bargain, putting in about 90 hours on the project.
Ucman was sentenced in October to at least one year in jail for
stealing at least $5 million in jewelry from his ex-wife Debbie Hardy,
who also was married to billionaire businessman Joe Hardy. Debbie Hardy
is not related to DeRosa.
DeRosa testified at Ucman’s sentencing hearing that Ucman did vital
work helping to repair the bridge.
DeRosa said that he himself worked almost 200 hours on the project for
which he did not receive compensation.
The bridge, which connects Ripple Road with Pangburn Hollow Road, was
closed for 17 days while the work was being completed.
Much of the work was done by township
road employees. DeRosa said the township
saved a lot of money making the repairs itself; an engineer had told the
township the project would cost around
Brucker Schneider and Porter is the law firm that serves as
’s solicitor. DeRosa said he is paying the legal costs out of his own
pocket and that township funds are not