Pennsylvania Auditor General Robert P. Casey Jr. today petitioned the Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg to expedite the judicial resolution of his dispute with two state pension funds over his right to conduct independent performance audits of their investment operations. Mr. Casey originally filed suit Jan. 23 against the $38 billion Pennsylvania Public School Employees Retirement System and the $21 billion Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System, their chairs and their boards after the funds refused to turn over documents about their investment operations.
The amended petition said the preliminary objections to his suit, which the funds filed Feb. 13, "are completely without merit and consist entirely of misstatements of fact and law, falsehoods, half-truths, irrelevancies and, most disturbing, personal attacks.
The funds must respond to Mr. Caseys amended petition by April 4. Evelyn Tatkovski, spokeswoman for the public school fund, declined to comment. Sean Sanderson, spokesman for Penn SERS, didnt return calls seeking comment by press time.