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Erie judge to be reprimanded for waving a gun

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 23, 2014 2:38 PM
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(Harrisburg) --  The special court that adjudicates cases of judicial misconduct in Pennsylvania is ordering a reprimand for an Erie district judge who waved a handgun at another motorist in 2009.

The Court of Judicial Discipline has unanimously approved the sanction against Judge Thomas Carney, following an hour-long hearing in Harrisburg. 

Two of Carney's friends testified he is an honest and fair person who is active in his community.

His lawyer, David Ridge noted no one challenged Carney's re-election in 2011 even though he was embroiled in the gun controversy. 

The disciplinary court initially acquitted Carney of misconduct in 2011.

But the state Supreme Court reversed that ruling in October and sent it back with orders to the disciplinary board to sanction Carney for behavior that brought his office into disrepute.  

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