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Judicial Conduct Board seeks refusal to dismiss case against District Judge Mark Wilson

Observer - Reporter - June 10, 2017

Cohen Seglias Partner Chris Carusone was quoted in the Observer - Reporter article, "Judicial Conduct Board seeks refusal to dismiss case against District Judge Mark Wilson," in regards to his representation of the judge.

By: Scott Beveridge

The state Judicial Conduct Board wants a court to deny a Washington County district judge’s appeal to have charges of violating the rules that govern his court and the state Constitution dismissed in a case involving his sending the Monongahela mayor to jail.

The board Friday asked the state’s Court of Judicial Discipline to deny District Judge Mark Wilson’s request for his case to be dismissed under a number of arguments, court records show.

The board filed the charges March 30, stemming from Wilson remanding Mayor Bob Kepics to Washington County jail in December 2012 on a criminal charge of theft. The board said Kepics’ bond was set at $5,000 for failure to pay a personal loan in a private criminal complaint that was eventually withdrawn by Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone. The board also found a pattern of Wilson setting high bonds for petty crimes.

In his response to the charges, Wilson petitioned the court to be admitted into the state’s judicial diversion program, which would involve his receiving mentoring and counseling, as he has no prior record of being disciplined, court records show.

“The complaint does not contain allegations of criminal charges, corruption or other conduct where the presumptive sanction is suspension or removal,” Wilson’s attorney, Christopher D. Carusone, stated in the pretrial motion filed April 28.

Carusone, of Harrisburg, also asked the court to schedule a hearing into whether or not Wilson should be admitted to the diversion program. Continue Reading...