- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An Erie County judge accused of disrespecting litigants and mishandling cases can remain on the bench until the Court of Judicial Discipline deals with those charges.

The Judicial Conduct Board in July charged Erie Common Pleas Court Judge Stephanie Domitrovich with violating behavioral standards for judges, failing to disqualify herself from certain cases and providing misleading and false answers to the board’s lawyers. The board had also asked the Court of Judicial Discipline to suspend her in the meantime, but the court refused after a hearing Monday.

The Erie Times-News (https://bit.ly/1CDOr3R ) reports defense Leonard Ambrose III argued that leaving Domitrovich on the bench doesn’t undermine public confidence in the courts.

The judge has heard 493 cases involving 110 attorneys since July, Ambrose said, and “The roof of the Erie County Courthouse hasn’t fallen in.”

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Information from: Erie Times-News, https://www.goerie.com


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