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Pa. Judge Taken Off All Criminal Cases After Public Defender Wins Temp Protective Order Against Him

Posted Feb 15, 2011 12:39 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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An assistant public defender has been granted a temporary protective order against a Pennsylvania judge with whom she works at the York County Judicial Center.

Janan Tallo, 30, alleged in a protection from abuse petition (PDF) that York County Judge Thomas Kelley VI, who is 47, broke her right elbow when he "grabbed plaintiff by her coat from seating position, lifted her off the ground and slammed her to the floor" of his home during an argument, reports the York Daily Record.

Kelley was not at the hearing before an Adams County judge but is represented by attorney Christopher Ferro. The lawyer provided the newspaper with a written statement yesterday, which says in part that "we categorically deny the unfounded and false allegations that are contained in the recently filed, one-sided PFA petition" by Tallo.

President Judge Stephen Linebaugh of York County said Kelley had previously informed him of a relationship with Tallo. He has taken Kelley off of all criminal cases because it would be "too monumental of a task" to separate those in which the public defender's office is involved from the rest of the docket.

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