A district judge faces disciplinary charges stemming from accusations that he brandished a gun while driving and talked tough about juvenile crime and graffiti in news stories, which would violate a conduct code for judges.
The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board announced seven charges Friday against Erie District Judge Thomas Carney, who took office in January 2006.
The state Court of Judicial Discipline will hear the charges and can discipline Carney if he's convicted, up to removing him from office.
Last year, state police say Carney made an obscene gesture with his hand toward another driver and held a gun out his car window, though he did not aim it at the driver. Carney pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct.
Carney is also accused of violating a conduct rule that calls for judges to refrain from commenting publicly about ongoing court proceedings.
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