- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Federal authorities have charged a second Philadelphia municipal court judge with making false statements to the FBI during an investigation of potential wrongdoing.

Authorities allege that 65-year-old Judge Joseph O’Neill was approached by another judge about a small claims case scheduled for a hearing before him. They allege that Judge Joseph Walters Jr. told O’Neill that the defendant was a friend and asked him to “take a hard look at it.”

Authorities allege that O’Neill later denied to FBI investigators that he had been contacted about the hearing.

Waters was sentenced in January to two years in prison after pleading guilty to federal mail and wire fraud in conversations with colleagues on behalf of a friend or campaign donor.

O’Neill’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

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