Coroner in court over 911 password

September 23, 2008 1:08:54 PM PDT
Former Lancaster County coroner Gary Kirchner is due in court Tuesday over charges he improperly gave newspaper reporters the password to a restricted 911 Web site. Dr. Gary Kirchner was charged in February 2007 with unlawful use of a computer and conspiracy for allegedly providing the password to Lancaster Intelligencer Journal reporters while he was coroner.

He left office at the end of last year.

The 74-year-old Kirchner has been recovering from a severe blood infection.

Prosecutors said five of the paper's reporters testified before an investigative grand jury under a grant of immunity. At least three of them reportedly said Kirchner provided them with the password.

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