The state Judicial Conduct Board devoted so much of its limited staff and resources to prosecuting misconduct charges against former Luzerne County judge Ann H. Lokuta, it was ill-equipped to investigate an anonymous complaint against the two ex-judges later accused in a kids-for-cash scandal, a conduct board attorney said.
Attorney Paul H. Titus admitted last week that the board's inaction, compounded by budget constraints and an intense focus on the Lokuta case, missed critical questions about the judges' handling of civil cases and their relationship with an attorney involved in the corruption scandal.
"If you have a prosecutor who is actively pursuing somebody, who thinks they have charges that can remove them (from office), you're going to get quicker reaction," Titus said. "Lokuta was taking all of the time. That's the problem."
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