Wednesday, August 15, 2012

NorCo First Ass't Public Defender Under Ethical Cloud

A prominent Slate Belt Attorney, who has served as Solicitor to Northampton County Council and is currently its First Assistant Public Defender, may himself need a lawyer. Bangor Attorney Anthony J. Martino is no longer associated with the Martino and Karasek law firm. That might be the least of his concerns.

Reliable sources tell me that Martino may have been taking money from the law firm's till, without letting his partners know. He also has been accused of "borrowing" some of his clients' money, without their permission. He has reportedly denied these accusations.

Martino was first admitted to practice in 1986, and has no record of any disciplinary action. Although the Disciplinary Board still lists his office at the Martino, Karasek and Martino law firm, a drive by the office reveals that his name has been removed.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow Bernie. How in the world did you find this gem of a story? I only heard this rumor for the first time last night in a private conversation. Nose for the news..

Anonymous said...

So what is the name of the company So what is the new name of the company Karasek and Martino or Marino and Karasek.

Anonymous said...

I stutter at times

Jim Fiorentino said...

"Reliable sources...may have been...also been accused"

Whether your source is right or not this time it seems as if this "news" was not urgent enough to publish on a rumor

Things are often enough not as they first seem and this type of career damaging information should not be disseminated without certainty

Bernie O'Hare said...

Jim, This story is accurate, I am reporting it bc Anthony holds an important public position, and the public needs to know. It gives me no pleasure, especially bc I like Anthony. As you know, I lost my license myself over similar behavior. I am not identifying my sources bc there is no need to make them part of the story. It certainly is no rumor.

Jim Fiorentino said...

Sad if true obviously but "May have been"?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Jim, What I have is accurate, and I tried to present it in as inoffensive a manner as I could. The more you mention this, the more you force me to write things I do not want to write. I think it is very important that the public knows that a First Assistant Public Defender is under what I am calling an ethical cloud, and that it involves allegations of dishonesty, but do not want to go into more detail. Anthony is, as I am sure you know, a very good person. I know there happens to be an explanation, although it is not a defense.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"How in the world did you find this gem of a story?"

It's been making the rounds in the Slate Belt and among local attorneys. I've known for weeks but decided only to post something last night bc Anthony is First Assistant PD, which I had not considered.

Like I said, it gives me no pleasure. But unless this kind of behavior is reported, we enable it.

Anonymous said...

Private use of public money is very common practice here in the lehighvalley. By all in the public sector!

Anonymous said...

If you are reporting on this, why haven't you reported on the reprimand NorCo Judge Giordano recently received for his participation at a political event, which is a big no-no for a judge?

Anonymous said...

Bernie will pick and chose those stroies, "he is conmpelled" to report to the people. He has not reported a host of stories that are far more than rumors, involving local government and officials.

He is asn angry old alky and only goes after those who are not on his protected list.

Anonymous said...

Agree. Evidence: Joe Brennan.

Bernie O'Hare said...

12:58, I'll be happy to report on it. Provide me the details instead of an anonymous slur. I've heard nothing about it.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Joe may be at it again. Enabling is a disservice to him and us.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2012/08/pennsylvania_rep_joe_brennan_t.html

Anonymous said...

Quick, go get a hambuger and beer, Joe. As Bernie points out, it is only logical.

Bernie O'Hare said...

You are OT.

J Liberman said...

probably just another dem who can't make it in real life without cheating

Bernie O'Hare said...

I don't know or care about Anthony's party. What I do know is that he has always been a class act with me, and he did a great job as Council Solicitor. I really do not like writing about this.

Anonymous said...

So if this turns out to not be true he can sue you for slander?

When you print an article like that about someone you had better be darn sure it is correct.

GOP laughing at you said...

drunk, cheating and stealing, wife beater dems. You idiots deserve each other and you fake messiah nobammy

Bernie O'Hare said...

7:39, I am damn sure about what I've written. And no, I cannot be sued for slander. That is spoken. It would be libel. I happen to like Anthony and it pained me very much to write this, but I feel the public has a right to know bc of his position.

Anonymous said...

So Bernie, You're the only one writting this now, do you want a fether in your cap or just trying to ruin someone's reputation?

Anonymous said...

Bernie, This would be BIG NEWS to most papers, WHY haven't they said it or do they wait for the truth?

Bernie O'Hare said...

6:57 & 6:59, I don't wear a cap, so I need no feathers. As I have indicated, I know and like Anthony, so it gives me no pleasure to write what I wrote. As for the newspapers, I do not dictate what they write about and they don't dictate to me. But your assertion is wrong. I have broken many stores here that were later picked up by the newspapers. You likely know this. I think your real problem is with me, not this story.

Anonymous said...

Who elected you "Mr. Doom and Gloom"? You break these stories and you always say "I really like this guy and I hate to do this but". If you hate it so much why report it. This Blog is a hobbie with you. What you are doing is helping to destroy someones life. You did the same thing to the Banker that serves on County Council. He was in line for a nice job in the Stoffa Administration until you put the kibosh to that. You reported then "I hate to do this, I really like the guy". Apoligizing and then executing your so called friends. That isn't a friend Bernie. That's a Benedict Arnold. You of all people should know how that will destroy someones life and yes, even their families. Let the skull drudergy to the pimps and whores who make their living selling column inches. This is your hobby, not your livlihood. Hobbies shouldn't help destroy lives.

Bernie O'Hare said...

This is not a hobby. It is an avocation and a public service. It does not matter whether someone is my friend or not. So go take your drug cocktail already.

Anonymous said...

Y arnt u going after story on buddy lambert Bangor pa who embezzled tons of money from my family and is still selling properties he aquired w stolen money from many local families oh yah go after Anthony cuz he has title where buddy lambert did far worse finacial damage and hasn't even been arrested it sickens me

Anonymous said...

When I was going thru bad time Anthony offered help without ? Anthony wud not take yor shirt he'd give you one this man loves his sons an law in that order he wud never do anything to effect any harm to his boys I'll have to see absolute clear evidence to ever beleave what's bein said he wud never do it his sons r to important to him