The LuLac Edition #311, Sept. 25th, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: JUDGE ANNE LOKUTA.
BANKS 25 YEARS LATER
25 years ago George Banks went on a rampage and killed his lovers and kids. He's still alive, they're dead. Something not right about that, which is why people are pissed about the justice system. It might have been better for all of us if someone had just shot him dead that day with no mercy. Like a dog. Like he did to his kids. They say he's crazy, doesn't know right from wrong. He did then! But we let him live. Thanks Al Flora! Good job!
LOKUTA: DAY 2
Luzerne County Court Administrator William Sharkey testified that Judge Ann Lokuta constantly complained about the way his office scheduled matters.
And she gave his employees such a hard time, it sometimes brought his employees to tears, Sharkey testified Tuesday.
"Anything we did was wrong," Sharkey testified.
Sharkey testified in Lokuta’s trial on a slew of misconduct charges before the state’s Court of Judicial Discipline.
The state’s Judicial Conduct Board charged Lokuta last year, claiming she violated the Code of Judicial Conduct and the constitution through her behavior and handling of cases.
Okay, who is in charge here, the Judges or Sharkey? Maybe the reason why Lokuta was complaining was because the other male judges got favorable treatment. And can’t another person, a Judge, complain to an underling about how things are scheduled? Does Sharkey realize everyone has freedom of speeches, even judges?
A Luzerne County court stenographer said Judge Ann Lokuta used an extensive vocabulary when speaking to high school dropouts and once spoke French to a Colombian immigrant.
The stenographer, Dan Coll, is testifying about the hardships of dealing with Lokuta during her court sessions.
Boo Hoo. Maybe she was trying to impress on these drop outs that perhaps is they stayed in school and used better words, they might not be in her courtroom.
Judge Ann Lokuta's attorney is arguing that it was other judges, not his client, who were causing jams in the county's court system.
Attorney Louis Sinatra is cross-examining former president Judge Michael Conahan about the assignment and handling of cases. The attorney is continually showing instances where Conahan interfered with cases assigned to Lokuta, often postponing cases over her head.
That, Sinatra is arguing, stopped Lokuta from moving cases and created a backlog.
Conahan is testifying in Lokuta’s trial on a slew of misconduct charges before the state’s Court of Judicial Discipline.
Conahan testifying. How sweet. This is the same guy who smeared Atty. Joe Musto to get into office for his first term. He’s quitting now. Maybe someone should ask him about his lavish Christmas parties under the dome and a few of those bench trials. People in glass houses………………………