Beaver County Treasurer Connie Javens / file photo by John Paul

A Beaver County judge has ordered Treasurer Connie Javens to appear in court to explain why she has taken no further action in her lawsuit filed in 2016 against several anonymous public commenters on BeaverCountian.com.

Javens and her daughter, Renee Javens Zuk, filed a defamation lawsuit in May 2016 against BeaverCountian.com commenters aka John Q Taxpayer, thebigdigger, THE EXECUTIONER, Slicer, Courthouseconvicts and ConnieintheSlammer.

As part of their lawsuit, Javens and Zuk issued a subpoena against BeaverCountian.com for identifying information about the commenters.

Although this publication was not a named defendant in the lawsuit, BeaverCountian.com’s John Paul refused to comply with the subpoena and vowed to protect the commenters’ anonymity. John Paul subsequently invoked the Pennsylvania Journalist Shield Law — a law that protects a reporter who gathers news from being “required to disclose the source of any information procured or obtained by such person, in any legal proceeding, trial or investigation before any government unit.”

Senior Erie County Judge John Bozza ultimately agreed with BeaverCountian.com’s position that John Paul could stand behind the Shield Law to protect the commenters. According to BeaverCountian.com’s attorneys, it marked the first time in Pennsylvania that a new media reporter had invoked the Shield Law during litigation, and the first time any reporter had used the Shield to protect the identities of anonymous commenters on a news website.

After Bozza’s ruling, the case by Javens and Zuk came to a standstill until Feb. 7 of this year.

Beaver County Common Pleas Judge James Ross issued an order this month after reviewing the open case and finding “either minimal, or no, activity over a significant period of time.”

“If (Connie Javens and Renee Zuk) fail to appear for said conference or if (they) do appear and cannot show cause why the case should continue, the case will be terminated,” Ross wrote.

Ross noted that if Javens and Zuk can demonstrate why their lawsuit should not be terminated, he would issue a scheduling order to move the case through the courts.

The conference is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 6.

BeaverCountian.com’s limited involvement in the litigation ended when Bozza quashed the subpoena filed by Javens and Zuk, but it will continue to cover the case until it comes to a formal conclusion.

About BeaverCountian.com’s Legal Representation In The Case

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Founded in the 1980’s in Baltimore, Offit Kurman is now one of the fastest-growing full-service law firms in the region. The group has a keen understanding of the importance of the intersection of law and technology, having recently expanded their attorneys with technology focused practices including intellectual property, data and cybersecurity, and privacy issues. With 120 attorneys on staff, the firm offers a comprehensive range of services in virtually every legal category. Offit Kurman’s twelve offices serve individual and corporate clients in the Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, and New York City metropolitan areas, and markets including Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Northern Virginia.

Legal representation for the Beaver Countian was arranged by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the world’s leading digital civil rights organization. The EFF was founded in 1990 to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. The international nonprofit organization champions causes of user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. The EFF has lead litigation against the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance program in conjunction with efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). A staff member for the organization served as the “digital bodyguard” for Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, helping to secure source material provided to the reporter by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

See Also:

VICTORY! Judge Blocks Treasurer Connie Javens’ Attempt To Unmask Anonymous Beaver Countian Commenters

The Beaver Countian Obtains County Detective’s Notes From Investigation Into Treasurer Connie Javens

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

Those two are one great big beautiful mess. That face looks like it got hit with a 58 Buick.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

“Javens had nothing to do with the Friendship Ridge sale. She only became involved after the fact, after the ink was dry. The transfers discussed above were of money due and owing to Comprehensive.” say’s David Lozier.

That is a blatant fucking lie! Connie Javens refers to the new owners as “her boys in New York”. Javens has a daughter in law and a daughter that both were awarded contracts with the new owners. Javens personally walked the new owners to the county assessment office and instructed them how to receive a tax abatement to avoid taxes. ” The very tax money that helps to pay her salary”

If this was no shady deal, I will jump from the courthouse clock. Dave Lozier is a bullshitters bullshitter and that’s why he WILL NOT be re-elected.

Silence_Dogood
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Silence_Dogood

This suit had nothing to do with defamation. This was an attempt by Javens to unmask those who would anonymously speak bad about her so she could find a way to retaliate. This woman is evil and vindictive. Thank God the courts sided with JP. I hope the voters of the county finally wake up before the next election so the queen can finally get tossed from her throne.

SpeakTheTruthToo
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SpeakTheTruthToo

She’s already said she’s not running so the reign is over.

Silence_Dogood
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Silence_Dogood

She SAID she’s not running. I don’t trust a word that comes out of that woman’s mouth. She decided not to run because pressure was getting too high with the investigations into her actions, and I’m betting she figures that if she’s not in the spotlight so much, perhaps it will all just go away. If that pressure dies down, I wouldn’t doubt that she changes her mind and decides to run again.

Walk
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Walk

The unpleasant woman will be gone, and that is that, leaving the throne vacant, where her ass once sat. From friends and family, Mancini will be feeling the heat, don’t forget his wayward nephew, looking to plant his ass in that seat.

equalizer13
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equalizer13

Not to worry folks, Stonewall has his entire team of loser DA’s and Superdicks scoring the books to provide legal cover for the Queen. Call godfather Mancini to fix this shit now and silence an honest judge like Judge Ross! Make Her and her useless family of taxpayer trough hogs reimburse all parties for frivolous lawsuits.

DoTell
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DoTell

Wow she really zuks at life!