- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline has ordered two judges removed from office for violating judicial ethics.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/2ho2d5Q ) reports that the disciplinary court found in October that Common Pleas Court Judge Angeles Roca intervened in a tax case involving her son. In July, the court said Municipal Court Judge Dawn Segal committed seven ethics violations, including bringing the court into disrepute.

Lawyers for both judges, who have been on unpaid suspension, say they are appealing Friday’s ruling to the state Supreme Court.

Roca’s attorney, Samuel Stretton, said Tuesday that the disciplinary court ignored case law and treated the two cases too similarly. Segal’s lawyer, Stuard Haimowitz, said the court apparently took a “get rid of them all” approach rather than considering his client’s conduct and precedent.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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