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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Over 100 at Vivian Zumas Announcement For Magisterial District Judge

As I first told you on Tuesday, Vivian Zumas announced her candidacy for magisterial district judge last night at the Prime Steak House in Hanover Township. There were over 100 people there by the time I had to leave for a zoning hearing, with people still coming in the door. They included distinguished barristers like Abe Kassis and John Obrecht, as well as many people who are active in their community. John Diacogiannis, Chair of Hanover Tp's Board of Supervisors, was there. So was Bethlehem City Council member Michael Colón.

I had a chance to say Hi to a reader who often comments here, Peter Cochran. I accused him of seeking constable work, but he told me he's been retired for the past three years.

Unfortunately, I had to leave before saying Hi to The Judge, Jimmy Stocklas, who issued numerous arrest warrants against me for unpaid parking tickets over the years. I wanted to tell him I went to parking ticket rehab and have been clean for over a year.

The judge, you may recall, won $191 million in the lottery, and then amazingly split it up with his brother and a friend because they usually play the lottery with him. I'm sure we'd all do the same thing. Like most lottery winners, he's making lousy choices with his windfall. Instead of spending it on booze, drugs and women, he's wasting it on his family.

Very sad.

The judge is retired so he can attend these functions, not that he gives a shit.

Before I left, Vivian gave me the Cliff Notes version of her speech. She's experienced, has integrity and the proper temperament to be a judge. Having known her for many years, I agree completely. I'd add that she is very down-to-earth and is willing to laugh at herself. Or me.

As I was going out the door, I was stopped by Vivian's uncle, Nick Zumas.

"Where are you going?" he asked.

I told him I was late for a meeting of Bethlehem's Zoning Hearing Board and was concerned that the Chair, Gus Loupos, would call my editor and get me canned.

"Why isn't Gus here?" he asked.

I explained Gus isn't really Greek, but Irish, and only pretends he's Greek so he can get discounts at diners.

Vivian is running to succeed Jim Narlesky, an excellent magisterial district judge who has dedicated most of his life to public service. He tried many cases against my father, and I recall a few that he tried against me.

(I'll fill you in on the Zoning meeting on Friday. Did you know solar panels can be a hazard for firefighters? I'll tell you about it then.)


Ken Kraft said...

Great candidate, I know who I am voting for.

Sheriff Andy said...

Don't you mean, Peter Cochran, is the retired constable?

Maria Rodriguez said...

She has my vote! And you got my laughs!

Dino said...

I think you mean Peter Cochran

Bernie O'Hare said...

I do. I apologize for misspelling his name and will correct.

Peter j. Cochran said...

I was waiting for a correction ,as to my insignificant appearse !. Peter Koehler is an estute gentilman ,how could anybody confuse us even though I barrowed his dinner jackit?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Sorry, Peter. Don't know what I was thinking.

Anonymous said...

I think your information about Mr. Stocklass is inaccurate.

Bernie O'Hare said...

You can't even spell his name right so I suspect whatever information you have is as inaccurate as i was when I called Peter by the wrong surname. I know the judge is a good man.

Peter J.Cochran said...

Bernie,-This candidate is made of solid material. She is surrounded by family because she is legitimate in her indevers. Attorney Zumas is an expert in the law comparative to the layman like myself .However I have been in a lot of arraignments in almost 20 years as Constable .In my judgment of her being positive,that she would have the 'stuff' to deal with the early steps of the criminal and the civil issues presented .. In my judgement as a common man comparatively -I vouch for this lady to be fair and to understand issues pertaining to unjust arrest and constitional law , having a heart for unfortunate souls ,and to deliver swift justice to real scumbags.

James Stocklas said...

Bernie, Thanks for telling everyone I'm back in town....this morning I had100 new relatives asking for money. I sent looking for that award winning blogger up in Nazareth..... hear he's an easy touch...... just saying. Lol

James Stocklas said...
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Bernie O'Hare said...

I'll write them all checks for $5. Sorry I missed a chance to say Hi, and for once without any warrants.