J.A.I.L. News Journal
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Los Angeles, California                                           October 22, 2005

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Disciplined Pennsylvania Judge Receives Vacation Instead of Suspension
 
 
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05278/582739.stm
 




South Neighborhoods

Pleasant Hills district judge goes on leave

Boyle permitted to take vacation

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

By Mike Bucsko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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 Court.

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 employee.

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
 
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