2009-08-27 / Local & State

Ousted Judge Asks Pa. Supreme Court To Take Case

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A former northeastern Pennsylvania judge is asking the state Supreme Court to take over a misconduct case against her, accusing the state panel now handling the case of being "fundamentally unfair.''

The state Court of Judicial Discipline said in December that former Luzerne County Judge Ann Lokuta failed to perform her judicial duties, terrorized courthouse workers and had employees run personal errands. She has maintained she was the target of a vendetta by other judges, who have since pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges.

The state Supreme Court in March said the lower court should re-examine the allegations, and the panel in May gave Lokuta 90 days to gather evidence.

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