Court Official Fired for Issuing Subpoenas to Help Girlfriend, Himself: D.A.

Bucks County District Attorney Dave Heckler wrote a letter to Fox’s boss stating the clerk's actions were an abuse of the court’s authority.

By David Chang
|  Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013  |  Updated 4:59 PM EDT
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Clerk Fired for Issuing Subpoenas for Personal Use: D.A.

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“It all boils down to political crap!”

Those were the words of Pamela Amato while defending her boyfriend, a Bucks County court official who was fired after he allegedly issued subpoenas for his own personal use.

Investigators say the ordeal began after George Fox, a clerk at the Bucks County Court House, used subpoenas he took from his office to help out both himself and his girlfriend.

“He works in a place where you get subpoenas and I needed a subpoena,” said Amato. “A man attacked my son. So he went to get the subpoena.”

Fox, a former Tullytown councilman, allegedly used the second subpoena to force a Bucks County oil company to turn over surveillance video. Fox had placed signs outside the company advertising a political website he supports. Investigators say Fox wanted to see if the video showed who was removing those signs.

Bucks County District Attorney Dave Heckler wrote a letter to Fox’s boss stating Fox’s actions were an abuse of the court’s authority. While Fox was fired, he wasn’t charged with any crimes. Fox’s girlfriend believes that the firing was politically motivated.

“It’s all political,” said Amato. “He’s a Democrat and they are Republicans.”

“Are you saying he got fired because he’s a Democrat?” asked NBC10’s Deanna Durante.

“It didn’t help him,” replied Amato.

Amato tells NBC10 Fox plans to fight to get his job back. NBC10 tried to contact Fox but he did not return our request for comment.

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