Judge To Face Discipline Over Waving Of Gun
ERIE, Pa. (AP) – A district justice from Erie should face professional discipline for waving a gun during a 2009 traffic dispute, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.
The high court unanimously reversed on Wednesday a May 2011 decision by the state Court of Judicial Discipline, which acquitted District Judge Tom Carney of ethics charges. Justices sent the case back to the Court of Judicial Discipline to “determine the appropriate sanction” for Carney’s behavior, the Erie Times- News reported.
Carney could face punishment ranging from a private reprimand to suspension to removal from his approximately $87,000-ayear post.
His attorney, David Ridge, told the newspaper he will emphasize Carney’s “exemplary record of public service” when he goes before the Court of Judicial Discipline.
Carney pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from the accusations.