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  1. In Re Harrington (2005)

    The Judicial Conduct Board (Board) filed a Complaint with this Court on October 29, 2004 against Magistrate Moira C. Harrington (Respondent) consisting of two counts which charge Respondent as follows:


    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 6 JD 04
  2. In Re Zoller (2002)

    These charges arise from Respondent's conduct during and after a preliminary arraignment which took place in "night court" at the Municipal Court Building, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 1, 2000. The Board and the Respondent have submitted stipulations of fact as to some of the issues in the case under C.J.D.R.P. No. 502(D)(2). The Court accepted these stipulations of fact (nine in number) and proceeded to trial on the unresolved issues. The Court now makes the following findings of [...]

    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 3 JD 00
  3. In Re McCarthy (2003)

    The Judicial Conduct Board (hereinafter "Board") filed a Complaint with this Court on May 7, 2002, against District Justice Richard K. McCarthy. An Amended Complaint was filed on October 11, 2002, raising seven counts of public conduct which the Board alleged would subject the Respondent to discipline under the Pennsylvania Constitution, Article V, § 18(d)(1).


    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 3 JD 02
  4. In Re Joyce (1998)

    These cases come to us on stipulated facts which arise out of separate but very similar occurrences. The charges against the Respondents are the same. We will make separate Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law for each Respondent; but, since the same principles of law and judicial ethics will govern our analysis of the conduct of both Respondents and its import, we consolidate our discussion of these principles in this Opinion.


    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 2 JD 97, 3 JD 97
  5. In Re Strock (2003)

    The Judicial Conduct Board (Board) filed a Complaint with this Court against former District Justice Gloria M. Strock. The Complaint consists of eight Counts based on allegations that Respondent repeatedly violated the Order of Forrest G. Schaeffer, President Judge of the 23rd Judicial District, dated November 21, 1994 by failing to deposit in a designated bank account, at the end of every day, all cash, checks and money orders received in the district justice office each day. The Complaint [...]

    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 3 JD 98
  6. In Re Sullivan (2003)

    AND NOW, this 30th day of August, 2002, the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law set forth in this Court's Opinion dated April 1, 2002, having become final pursuant to C.J.D.R.P. No. 503, and after the hearing held by the full Court on August 26, 2002 on the issue of sanctions, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Respondent, Gigi Sullivan, is removed from office and shall be ineligible to hold judicial office in the future.[1]


    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 3 JD 01
  7. In Re Berkhimer (2005)

    The Judicial Conduct Board (Board) filed a Complaint with this Court on June 15, 2004 against Magisterial District Judge Allan Clifford Berkhimer (Respondent) consisting of four counts which charge Respondent with a total of six violations as follows:


    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 4 JD 04
  8. In Re Zupsic (2005)

    The Judicial Conduct Board (Board) filed a Complaint with this Court on February 9, 2005 against Magisterial District Judge Joseph Zupsic (Respondent) in which the Board charges the Respondent with various violations of the Pennsylvania Constitution and of the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Judges. These charges arise out of five separate incidents which are set out separately in five parts in the Complaint. These five incidents are identified as:


    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 1 JD 05
  9. In Re Kelly (2000)

    The Judicial Conduct Board (Board) has filed a Complaint with this Court against Senior District Justice James Martin Kelly (Respondent). The Complaint consists of four Counts based upon allegations that Respondent contacted another district justice seeking favorable treatment for a friend of his in connection with a traffic violation which was scheduled for disposition before the other district justice.


    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 1 JD 00
  10. In Re Lokuta (2008)

    That, pursuant to C.J.D.R.P. No. 503, the attached Opinion with Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law is hereby filed, and shall be served upon the Judicial Conduct Board and upon the Respondent,


    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 3 JD 06
  11. In Re Melograne (2000)

    The Judicial Conduct Board ("Board") filed a Complaint with this Court on August 10, 1999 against Former District Justice Jules Melograne ("Respondent"). The Complaint consists of seven Counts, all based on Respondent's conviction of a felony.


    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 1 JD 99
  12. In Re Hamilton (2007)

    The Judicial Conduct Board (Board) filed a Complaint with this Court on November 2, 2006 against Magisterial District Judge Maynard A. Hamilton (Respondent) consisting of two counts which charge that the Respondent:


    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 2 JD 06
  13. In Re Larsen (2000)

    The Judicial Conduct Board filed a Complaint with this Court on June 6, 1994 against former Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen. The Complaint consisted of 27 Counts divided into six separate parts. Part A requested disciplinary action based on Respondent's conviction of two counts of criminal conspiracy, 18 Pa.Cons.Stat. § 903 which are felonies (Counts 1-5); Part B alleged the underlying facts which supported the convictions, i.e., that Respondent conspired with others to unlawfully obtain a [...]

    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 4 JD 94
  14. In Re Berry (2009)

    The Judicial Conduct Board (Board) filed a Complaint with this Court on January 5, 2009 in which it charged Judge Willis W. Berry (Respondent) with engaging in conduct which brings the judicial office into disrepute, a violation of Article V, § 18(d)(1) of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The Board then averred that such conduct subjected Respondent to discipline "pursuant to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Article V, § 17(b) and § 18(d)(1).'"[1]


    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 1 JD 09
  15. In Re Eagen (2002)

    The Judicial Conduct Board ("Board") filed a Complaint with this Court on November 13, 2001 against former Judge Francis P. Eagen ("Respondent"). The Complaint recites that Respondent was the subject of a twelve count criminal information in Lackawanna County in which he was charged with violation of a number of sections of the Crimes Code of Pennsylvania; that Respondent was found guilty of "Obstructing Administration of Law or Other Governmental Function," 18 Pa. C.S.A. § 5101, set out in [...]

    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 4 JD 01
  16. In Re Toczydlowski (2004)

    AND NOW, this 25th day of June, 2004, after hearing held on the question of sanctions on June 7, 2004, and after consideration of Memoranda filed by the Judicial Conduct Board and the Respondent, the Court HEREBY IMPOSES a sanction of public reprimand upon the Respondent.


    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 1 JD 04
  17. In Re Toczydlowski (2004)

    The Judicial Conduct Board (Board) filed a Complaint with this Court on January 5, 2004 against District Justice Joseph Toczydlowski, Jr. (Respondent). The Complaint charges Respondent with violation of Section 17(b) of Article V of the Pennsylvania Constitution and with violation of Rule 2(A) of the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of District Justices and asserts that, as a consequence, he is subject to discipline under Article V, § 18(d)(1) of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The charges [...]

    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 1 JD 04
  18. In Re Nakoski (2001)

    The Judicial Conduct Board (Board) filed a Complaint with this Court against District Justice Peter Paul Nakoski, Jr. The Complaint contains five Counts based on allegations that, during a Criminal Law Review class which was given as part of the mandatory Minor Judiciary Continuing Education Recertification Program at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on October 7, 1997, the instructor, in the course of discussing what constitutes probable cause for a stop and search, asked the [...]

    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 4 JD 98
  19. In Re Miller (2002)

    Before the Court is the Omnibus Motion of the Respondent district justice to dismiss the Complaint in which he is charged with disseminating information in the course of his campaign for election as judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County which, allegedly, misrepresented his position and qualifications in violation of Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct.


    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 3 JD 99
  20. In Re Singletary (2009)

    2. violation of Rule 15B.(2) of the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Judges which provides magisterial district judges or candidates for such office shall not engage in partisan political activity, deliver political speeches, make or solicit political contributions (including purchasing tickets for political party dinners or other functions) or attend political or party conventions or gatherings, except as authorized in subdivision C of Rule 15[1] (Count 2).

    Court: Court of Judicial Discipline of Pennsylvania Docket: 1 JD 08

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