Legal Ethics

Lawyer Suspended for Giving 'Certain Items of Value' to Judge

A Pennsylvania lawyer who cooperated with federal authorities in a criminal case against a former state-court judge reportedly won’t face any criminal charges himself.

But Harry Cardoni has been temporarily suspended from law practice by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court based on his admission that he provided “certain items of value” to then-judge Michael Toole, reports the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader.

Cardoni self-reported the conduct and jointly petitioned the supreme court with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the article says.

Toole is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in November to corruptly receiving a reward for official action and unrelated tax evasion.

Earlier coverage: “Third Luzerne County Judge Charged with Fraud; Removed From Bench”

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