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MDJ Accused of Retaliating Against Witnesses Ahead of Ethics Trial

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A Beaver County magisterial district judge who was suspended for allegedly making unwanted advances toward a clerk and verbally lashing out at others has been brought up on additional ethics charges for allegedly retaliating against the witnesses set to appear at his upcoming disciplinary trial.

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    WOW another Zola issue... didn’t the FBI just raid his office a couple years back? It will be interesting to find out where the hundred thousand dollars is that’s missing from the Constable’s pay out of Zola’s office . I wonder if the state auditors have caught it? AG Kanes office had an investigation going but hasn’t made the arrest. Hopefully Shapiro will pick up the ball and finish it off . The residence of Hazelton may be able to sleep a little better.

  • LEOSA

    Constable Kneller Known as Whistleblower In 2014, PA State Constable Kneller had discovered over half a million dollars missing from Constable‘s paychecks in Luzerne county, and filed a lawsuit in Harrisburg for the Courts to pay him more than $9000 in fees owed. He gave a copy of his findings to Luzerne County Common Pleas Judges. That money still has not been paid to the officers. In 2016, Kneller also reported to the Luzerne county DA’s office a complaint made by a female defendant against MDJ Zola. In that case, a female defendants sentence was handed down in a courtroom by a clerk from MDJ Zola’s office, which included an order for the defendant to report to serve over a month in jail without ever even having the opportunity to even see MDJ Zola on the matter. It was later alleged by the defendant that MDJ Zola contacted her on her cell phone at 9 pm at night from his cell phone that evening to discuss what had happened. Constable Kneller attempted to follow up on this complaint with the Luzerne County DA’s office, and was told by them that the case was referred to the Judicial Conduct Board for review, and was closed from their case file. To date, it is unknown where that complaint currently stands with the Judicial Conduct Board. LEOSA US is monitoring this case closely in addition to other situations, which include money owed to the Constables by various county courts across Pennsylvania. LEOSA US is actively working to unify splintered law enforcement groups across the Country, including the PA State Constables. facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1638888072849377&set=pcb.1638888539515997&type=3&theater

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