A self-styled citizen activist is pushing prosecutors to probe the state Judicial Conduct Board for obstruction of justice in its handling of misconduct allegations against former Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Conahan.
Gene Stilp urged the U.S. Attorney's Office and the state Attorney General's Office to launch separate investigations into the deliberations and decision making that led the conduct board to ignore allegations Conahan engaged in nepotism, cronyism and case-fixing.
"If the federal investigators found corrupt judges in Luzerne County, why would it be any surprise to find corrupt judges on the Judicial Conduct Board?" Stilp said. "The Judicial Conduct Board cannot investigate itself, and the actions of the Judicial Conduct Board have obstruction of justice written all over it."
Stilp, a Wilkes-Barre native living in Harrisburg, filed the state Supreme Court case overturning the 2005 legislative pay raise that sparked public outrage. He was the original complainant in the so-called "Bonusgate" scandal that has led to charges against nearly two dozen people in state government. Many might recognize him from the times he brings a giant inflatable pig with him to protest government abuse and waste.
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Story from Citizens Voice: Activist Calls for Probe of Judicial Conduct Board