In My Opinion, As an Elected Supervisor of Exeter Township:
Chadwick Schnee of Schnee Legal Services has been caught making false statements on multiple occasions. Here are the three most significant instances, captured on video:
And the most concerning:
Lie #1: On video, Schnee claims that Hughes is suing the township. Chadwick, can you provide any specifics on that? As it appears, Supervisor Hughes has never initiated a lawsuit against the township. Schnee, instead of portraying yourself as the victim, perhaps it's time to stop spreading falsehoods and refrain from your condescending and passive-aggressive behavior.
Here's the audacity of Schnee's appalling game: While a right-to-know request isn't viewed as litigation, an appeal certainly is. Predictably, Schnee constantly pushes for an appeal, simply to falsely claim, "Hughes is suing the township." This is a blatant lie! All Hughes is striving to do is fulfill his duties, but Schnee manipulatively orchestrates these appeals. It's utterly reprehensible!
Lie #2: Schnee suggests, in his usual manner and without proper context, that all of the township's legal expenses are due to right-to-know requests, implying they all come from Hughes. Let's delve into this claim further.
There's a troubling account of a junior attorney, Schnee, misusing attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine. He's using these to hide the negative impact he's having on our community, our democratic principles, and the legal field itself.
To put it plainly, attorney-client privilege ensures that conversations between a lawyer and their client remain private. This protection is meant for situations where the client is either in legal proceedings or seeking advice. Using this privilege outside these scenarios is inappropriate.
Similarly, the work-product doctrine protects materials an attorney creates while preparing for a case. It's meant only for use within legal proceedings. Any other application is improper.
However, Schnee claims every interaction he has, digital or otherwise, is protected by attorney-client privilege. He also views any document he touches as work-product, even if it's unrelated to legal matters. It appears he's trying to control the township's activities and the narrative the public receives. In essence, he's determining what Exeter's residents should know.
In the case of Supervisor Hughes, Schnee and the unelected super-majority are determined to block Hughes from accessing necessary information to fulfill his supervisory duties. They often delay providing him with documents, and when they do, these documents are heavily redacted, rendering them nearly useless. This obstructive approach was also a hallmark of the former Township Manager, Betsy McBride, who, for over a year, collaborated with Schnee and the super-majority to withhold information from Hughes.
Because of this, Hughes began seeking documents directly from township employees to effectively perform his supervisory role. In response, the super-majority, McBride, and with Schnee's backing, spun tales of Hughes' alleged harassment. They voted to funnel all Hughes' information requests through Gardella, and later Bell, and then Vollmer who, likely in collaboration with Schnee, ensured Hughes remained in the dark."
Due to barriers placed in his way, Hughes was left with no alternative but to use Right-To-Know (RTK) requests to access the documents essential for his supervisory duties. It's important to note that the records Hughes seeks have no litigation context. Schnee's frequent invocation of attorney-client privilege seems more like a recurring tactic to obscure public records.
Currently, Schnee isn't handling any township litigation, and given his questionable public behavior, one might wonder who would seek legal counsel from such an inexperienced attorney.
To be clear: Hughes' reliance on RTK requests is a direct consequence of Bell, Vollmer, and Kirshner's smajority stance, aided by Schnee, to ensure Hughes remains uninformed in his role. The information Hughes seeks through RTK should be easily accessible to him without hurdles, especially as they aren't part of any legal case or associated with litigation work.
The financial implications of this obstruction are significant, and Schnee shoulders the blame.
It's astonishing to witness the extent to which Schnee goes, using taxpayer funds, to ensure the public remains in the dark.
People of Exeter, We've had enough of this absurd conduct.