Disciplinary Panel Affirms Pa. Judge's Ethics Suspension

Law360, Philadelphia (June 27, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline on Wednesday backed its decision to revoke the pay and affirm the suspension of a state judge, declaring that he violated the state's constitution and brought disrepute to the judiciary.

A six-judge board detailed Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas Nocella's transgressions as a candidate for the judiciary in 2009 and 2011, and concluded that his pattern of falsehoods demonstrated that he does not belong behind the bench.

“We believe it to be beyond dispute that a judge —...
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