Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said Monday he will not pursue a formal complaint with the state Judicial Conduct Board against a Latrobe district judge who he alleged in court was unfairly biased against local prosecutors.
Following a hearing on Peck's allegations, Common Pleas Court President Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. last week removed District Judge Michael Mahady from presiding over a preliminary hearing for a 17-year Latrobe teen charged with fatally shooting a 15-year-old friend last month.
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It took nearly 200 years for a woman to be elected judge in Westmoreland County.
On Wednesday, 35 years after Donetta Ambrose broke the gender barrier on the local bench, the county's 10 full-time judges chose Rita Hathaway as the first woman elected to serve as president judge.
Hathaway, 67, of Murrysville will take over as the administrative head of the local court in January.
“I am very honored and very excited,” Hathaway said.
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Westmoreland County's Day Reporting Center will close Sept. 1, putting an end to the prison diversionary program that has been marred by criticism and controversy since its inception in 2010.
Court officials announced Friday the center that provided drug treatment and other counseling and training programs at one location for up to eight hours a day would be replaced by a yet undisclosed effort to improve care for addicts.
“This is not indicative of a failure. The treatment of drug addiction is constantly evolving,” said Common Pleas Court President Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr
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