• Ambridge judge faces more allegations of misconduct

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    Embattled Ambridge District Justice Andy Hladio is in trouble again with the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board. 

    A 32-page filing Channel 11 obtained Wednesday alleges the judge has been retaliating against witnesses from a 2016 misconduct complaint that led to his suspension from the bench for months and which is still going through the system.


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    Channel 11 broke the news of his first run-in with the board, an allegation he made inappropriate sexual advances towards the female clerks in his office. He’s awaiting trial in that case.

    The new complaint takes it a step further, asking for Hladio's immediate suspension. The board’s new allegations include that Hladio sent bizarre and false emails to the president judge about his accusers and claiming he was subjected to harassment from his staff.

    The court filing also states the judge showed improper conduct at district court alleging Hladio threatened constables, demeaned female lawyers, yelled and made derogatory remarks to clerks, lawyers and police. 

    Channel 11 talked to many people who have appeared before Hladio and are named in this paperwork. None wanted to go on camera, saying they will have to testify against him soon. 
    Channel 11 learned Hladio hasn't been on the bench since last Thursday -- he's called in sick. 

    Hladio is facing judicial conduct charges of retaliation, public confidence, impropriety, bias, prejudice and harassment as part of a second investigation in just under one year.

    The judicial board tells Channel 11 possible outcomes could be anything from suspension to removal from office.


     

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