University of Pittsburgh

John Burkoff and Arthur Hellman on Misconduct by PA Judge

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August 18, 2011

Professors John Burkoff and Arthur Hellman commented on the conduct of a Pennsylvania judge who used email to give advice to one side in a highly political case which the judge was asked to decide.  Lackawanna County Judge Terrence R. Nealon has admitted to "a lapse of ethical judgment" in the case.  Professor Burkoff commented, ""Actually, it's pretty hard to believe...The first thing that is absolutely clear is that under the judicial canons of ethics a judge has to be nonpartisan and neutral."  Professor Hellman called the judge's behavior "almost incredible...If he did this, it violates so many basic rules ... This isn't in the debatable realm. This is core misconduct if he did this."

 

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