HONESDALE, PA — After an investigation of Wayne County Commissioner Joe Adams, who was accused of violating PA's "official oppression" statute, Wayne County District Attorney A.G. Howell has determined that Adams committed no violation. The investigation was carried out by the Wayne County Detectives.
The allegations against Adams were rooted in a June 4 Black Lives Matter protest in Honesdale. Some residents alleged that Adams used his power as a public official to pressure local news outlet Wayne Pike News into taking down a story about the protest and replacing it with a new story which featured Adams' own quote.
"After an investigation... it was determined that Mr. Adams did not make demands upon the news media or use his position to influence the news media," Howell said in a press release. "It appeared the actions of Mr. Adams were out of genuine concern for the safety of the people and property of the community and the final decision to remove a story was made by the news media. This office has declined to take any further action."