Pleasant Hills district judge goes on leave
Boyle permitted to take vacation
Wednesday, October 05, 2005By Mike Bucsko,
Pleasant Hills District Judge Mary Grace Boyle has been permitted to
take a vacation until the end of the month instead of a 30-day suspension
originally contemplated by her superiors in Allegheny County Common Pleas
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Saturday that Judge Boyle was
suspended for 30 days by President Judge Joseph James. However, Judge
James issued a statement yesterday through Court Administrator Ray
Billotte that said Judge Boyle has not been suspended, but is "currently
on an approved vacation leave."
There was no further explanation about the events that resulted in
Judge Boyle's absence. Mr. Billotte declined yesterday to comment and
Judge James has not returned repeated telephone calls.
On Thursday, Judge James ordered her to report to his office Friday
afternoon. During Friday's meeting, she was told to take a month off
voluntarily, which she refused to do. Judge James then told her she had no
choice and would be suspended. No written order was issued, though, and
Judge James apparently relented sometime after the meeting and allowed
Judge Boyle to take the month off as vacation. She's scheduled to return
to work on Oct. 31.
Shortly after Judge Boyle left her Pleasant Hills office on Friday
afternoon, county locksmiths arrived to change all the locks at her
office. McKeesport District Judge Thomas Brletic was summoned by Judge
James to hear the remainder of Judge Boyle's cases Friday.
Senior District Judge Edward Burnett, whose office was in Glassport
before he retired last year, will preside over her cases in her absence.
For the past two days, Nancy Galvach, who oversees the county's minor
judiciary courts in the court administrator's office, has been at Judge
Boyle's office poring over records with the help of a county court
Judge James in July ordered two of the three office workers from Judge
Boyle's office transferred to other locations because she had refused to
talk to them since shortly after the May primary election. The silent
treatment began after she learned the workers had talked to an
investigator from the state Judicial Conduct Board.
Judge Boyle is under investigation by the board for reportedly using
her office and staff for her primary election campaign this spring. Judge
Boyle, 55, won the primary over two opponents and will seek a fifth,
six-year term in November.
We have come to the stage in society that judges
who violate clear law are likely to be rewarded for their
wrong-doing. In addition to the case set forth above, I cite to the
additional example of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Henry Patrick Nelson who
was rated among the ten worse judges in California. His conduct was so
unbecoming that he was facing discipline by the California Commission on
Judicial Performance. But before his hearing took place, (keep in mind that
before any California judge faces public scorn, he has to be beyond the
common practice of the Commission to handle these matters in strict
confidentiality) he agreed to sign an irrevocable agreement to resign
from the County of Los Angeles. Because of his agreeing to permanently
resign, the Commission on Judicial Performance dropped the disciplinary hearing
of Nelson. He was thrown out of the County of Los Angeles in public
disgrace with all the media covering the event.
The next thing that happened was that when anyone
sued a Los Angeles County Judge for misconduct, they were often faced with
defrocked Henry Patrick Nelson (retired judge) as the defense counsel for the
judge sued. Indeed, I even went up against Patrick Nelson in my lawsuit
of Branson v. Martin, involving a Los Angeles County court commissioner,
with the proceedings taking place in the courtroom right next
door to where Judge Nelson (retired) used to preside.
I wrote to my representative Board of Supervisor about
this gross misconduct of the County of Los Angeles hiring a defrocked
individual who had permanently resigned from the County of Los Angeles
in open disgrace. As a result, the County Counsel's Office called me and asked
me what my beef was with Henry Patrick Nelson. I expressed my outrage that he
was thrown out the front door of the County of Los Angeles, and hired secretly
in the back door and given an enormous pay raise over what he was making as
a judge. I don't know, but I believe this is in addition to his "retirement" pay
from the County of Los Angeles when he served as a judge.
I was told that Henry Patrick Nelson was doing a
wonderful job in defending judges in the County of Los Angeles that they
were very pleased with him. That was then end of the discussion.
I have seen such conduct repeated so often that I
am willing to suggest the possibility of the existence of a secret policy
of rewarding corrupt judges in this country. And what would be the possible
motive? They are at the helm of maintaining the status quo
corruption in America.
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that
put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and
sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20 Such nation cannot
survive. -Ron Branson