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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wolf Appoints Dan McCarthy, Alicia Zito and 28 Others to Judicial Vacancies

I like Lehigh County Director of Administration Dan McCarthy. I even supported him in at least one of his two runs for Judge in 2007 and 2011. Voters did not. But pay no attention to the will of the people. "Reformer" Tom Wolf and Senate Republican and Democrat leaders have worked out a deal that removes the people from the equation completely, at least for now. Wolf has nominated 30 people to judicial vacancies.

McCarthy, already 68 years old, will only be able to serve two years.

He was at one time closely allied with Allentown Mayor Edwin "Fed Ed" Pawlowski, who is a target of a federal investigation into political corruption.

But that's not all. Here in the People's Republic of Northampton County, Wolf is appointing Alicia Zito, daughter of Northampton County Senior Judge Leonard Zito, to fill the vacancy created by the untimely death of Magisterial District Judge Todd Strohe.

Zito, former Chief Judicial Clerk to Superior Court Judge Jack Panella, was hired as a judicial law clerk in Northampton County last year. She is also married to First Assistant Public Defender Matt Goodrich.

Without question, both Zito and McCarthy are well qualified. But undeniably, they are insiders.

For the scandal-plagued state Supremes, it's another insider- Superior Court Judge Sallie Updyke Mundy. Once again, she is more than qualified. She recently penned an opinion affirming a five-year minimum sentence imposed on a woman who acted as a straw purchaser for several guns that ultimately found their way into the hands of a convicted felon. But she has married her way into a family that includes a prominent Scranton lawyer, former Luzerne County State Senator, former Luzerne County Commissioner and former Dem party boss.

I know there's a big movement to take judicial elections out of the hands of the voters and put them in the hands of our betters who know better. But as these most recent appointments prove, this just substitutes one form of politics for another.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess Ronny must be pouting because his name was tossed out of the hat quicker than you can say "cronyism"

Thought you would lay off the hate speech , even if just for a day.

Hate is a real problem in our society.

The stigmatism of being a drunk, disbarred attorney must have lifelong scars.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't even the hint of hate in that post. Until the last sentence in your comment, you anonymous hater, you. Peace.

Anonymous said...

Of course they are insiders. That is exactly why we should not appoint attorneys by legislative action to be judges. Judges should not run for retention they should be re-elected through the political process of the electorate not the legislature. Magistrates want retention. I say Bullshit. Judges should be elected and not appointed for life.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 3:58
You are a coward by the highest standard of the definition of "Coward". You yourself are probably half drunked up or on dope. Let me guess, you most likely spent some time in jail and you have a reputation for beating up helpless women. You also have a penchant for beating up people that have paid their dues to society, as well as supporting ISIS views. What a Jerk.

Rich Fegley said...

@3:58 You are the epitome of hatred.

Anonymous said...

The not so honorable Dan McCarthy is the same person who accepted $4,000 from the Citizens for Urban Renewal [J.B. Reilly and Joe Topper] and laundered it to his current boss, Tom Muller [Lehigh County Executive] in 2013. Of course, this is another classic example of political corruptness in the Lehigh Valley and this wonderful Commonwealth. I know this is legal here in PA, but it sure stinks! We need another politician as judge who will make decisions on political survivor-ship, rather than legal brains and sensibility.

Anonymous said...

"McCarthy, already 68 years old, will only be able to serve two years."

Could be more if the referendum to raise the retirement age passes. Has he agreed not to run? What's up with the opening in Freemansburg?

Anonymous said...

3:58 ..wow, you are an angry person with some serious issues.

Anonymous said...

Could Wolf be any more of a phony from what he campaigned as?

He's making Corbett look good!

No a robot said...

Todd Strohe died over 15 months ago. If it was important to fill this vacancy before the next election, why did it take the Governor so long to do so?

Anonymous said...

Could this be the same Dan McCarthy Who has been in charge of The Allentown Parking Authority since day-one. Yes that Allentown Parking Authority.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you are not in jail today because of your "insider" status with JM

Bernie O'Hare said...

Mezzacappa took Morganelli to the Superiror Court when he refused to do her bidding ad arrest some of her enemies. The Superior Court laughed at her. Now she spews her anonymous hate here. She knows that if she signs her name, she'll get hit again with defamation.

Anonymous said...

As far as juducial elections though bernie, I disagree, as long as it is done properly. I think PA is one of only two states hat elects our judges. It's PA and Alabama I have heard. If the bar association were to be involved and review each potential judge and were given perhaps the sole right to recommend nominations and the Governor could pick one from their three suggestions or something.... electing judges is a popularity contest and its how you get unqualified people especially at the MDJ level. It's how Roy Moore continues to sit in Alabama. But you are not wrong that if it's just a political nomination that is also problematic. I am just saying that it "could" be done as an appointment in a better way

Bernie O'Hare said...

Your information is way off. Thirty-nine states still elect trial judges. Thirty-one states still have at least a modified form of election of appellate courts.

http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/leadership/fact_sheet.authcheckdam.pdf

I detest the ability of some idiots in a back room deciding who should be a magistrate in Upper Mount Bethel. I wold prefer to see voters make the mistake.

Anonymous said...

The Lehigh County voters said no to McCarthy twice. What's that telling You about the man ?

Anonymous said...

Alicia Zito has never actually practiced law and is completely unqualified for this position. #nepotism

Anonymous said...

Is that the same Rich Fegley of the infamous Allentown Brew Works with the multiple health code violations? Why would anyone take anything he writes seriously?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Because he signs his name an accepts responsibility for his words, that's why! You, on the other hand, trade in lies and are thankfully being sued for defamation. Go away, little boy.

Anonymous said...

Bernie,

Please tell me what I am missing in 3:58 AM's post ... who is Ronny? Ron Angle? They wanted Ron Angle appointed to a district magistrate's position? Why would he want that headache? Or is it some other Ronny the person that posted that comment is eluding to?

Bernie O'Hare said...

I have no idea what point 3:58 is trying to make. I was unaware that Ron Angle wanted to be a judge. He told me he'd rather just stage a coup.

Anonymous said...

Waaaaaa.... No mo Terwood Griggee? When we weeeeraeely weerally wanted to keep the town drunk who has borrowed money and owes everyone in town da judge... now whaaaaaat will we do.

I wonderrrr if being in ta elks will til get me off for drunkin drivin by da judge weeeeee really.....

Anonymous said...

Angle loves power, that's why.

Bernie O'Hare said...

This story has nothing to do with Ron, but he is injected into this story by an anonymous coward who wants to bash him. Do us a favor and get some help.