|By Matt Assad, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
At the same time, Marcon said, their primary donor,
It's a very different story from one District Attorney
In the scathing 38-page report, the grand jury alleges Donches wasted and mismanaged millions of dollars on a museum that has no tangible signs of opening while his board exercised little oversight.
Marcon, who issued a five-page response separate from the board, has called an emergency museum board meeting in the next few days to further address the report.
"We're disappointed that the museum isn't open, too," Marcon said in a phone interview. "In hindsight, there were mistakes, but there was no mismanagement. This museum forged ahead against some very difficult obstacles, and at the direction of its biggest donor, Mrs. Hurd. She was adamant that we not change direction."
Donches not only disputed the report, but also took aim at Morganelli.
"Monday morning quarterbacking has no place in the serious responsibilities of a special investigating grand jury," Donches said in a seven-page written statement. "To suggest the project was a conspiracy to employ retired corporate executives is unfounded and demonstrates
Because the report had yet to arrive in
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Morganelli would like to see similar action in
"My sense is that based on their blind confidence in Donches, I doubt they'll change anything," Morganelli said Friday. "They'll say 'Morganelli's crazy' and circle the wagons."
Late Friday, board members were huddled with their attorney drafting a statement, while Donches was doing the same with his
They emerged to say they're not circling the wagons, but are looking at the same financial numbers that the grand jury panel looked at, but through a much more realistic lens, Donches said.