Friday, May 14, 2021

Former Judges Reinstated

Two former judges - each of whom were suspended for a year and a day - have been reinstated to practice by separate orders of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The misconduct is described on the web page of the Disciplinary Board

Angeles Roca, No. 185 DB 2018 & Dawn A. Segal, No. 195 DB 2018

Roca and Segal, as judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, lost their judicial seats because of a scandal involving judges arranging special treatment for relatives and friends of other judges. Both agreed to suspensions for one year and one day, the minimum interval for which a petition for reinstatement is necessary.

Each order appends the Disciplinary Board's favorable recommendation.

As to Petitioner Roca

The misconduct for which Petitioner was suspended from the practice of law occurred while she was a judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. While sitting on the bench, Petitioner improperly interfered with a case by contacting a Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge to assist her son in opening a default judgment on his tax lien. Petitioner compounded her judicial misconduct by later denying her actions to the FBI and making false statements to the Judicial Conduct Board. Viewing this disturbing breach of ethics, there is no doubt that Petitioner’s misconduct was serious and consequential to the judiciary and the legal profession.

The record of Petitioner’s reinstatement efforts satisfies the Board that she has made amends for her serious misconduct.

The Segal order is linked here; the Roca order here. (Mike Frisch)

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