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Discipline panel bars judge for life

on August 07, 2013 10:20 AM

HARRISBURG (AP) — A suspended Philadelphia judge was banned from the bench for life by a state judicial oversight panel.

The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline on Tuesday said Common Pleas Judge Thomas Nocella’s actions violated the state constitution and he can never again hold judicial office in the state. He has been suspended since November.

The court panel says Nocella failed to report numerous lawsuits to the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2009 and 2011 while the group was trying to determine if it would endorse him for election.

The panel also cited Nocella’s involvement with a political action committee that allegedly failed to file financial disclosure forms and pay related fines to Philadelphia’s ethics board.

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