The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Philadelphia traffic court judge was removed from office by a judicial ethics panel for showing a female court clerk cellphone photos of his genitals.
The Court of Judicial Discipline issued the one-sentence order Thursday in the case of Willie Singletary, who had been deemed to have engaged in judicial misconduct.
Singletary's lawyer, John Summers, called it "a one-time, accidental mistake" and said that Singletary resigned from the bench in February. He said Singletary is working, got married this year and is moving on with his life.
"The court looked at all available sanctions, looked at past cases, and it selected removal," Summers said. "Surely it knew that he had already resigned."
According to Summers, Singletary and the woman were showing each other content on their cellphones when, "for a matter of seconds," she saw the photos in question. The board complaint said Singletary asked the woman, "Do you like it?"
A pastor who founded a West Philadelphia church, Singletary won office despite having a suspended driver's license because of $11,000 in traffic-related fines, which he said he later paid.
He was previously reprimanded for a 2007 video posted online that showed him suggesting to campaign donors at a biker rally in the city's Malcolm X Park that they would find a "hookup" in his court. Campaign rules prohibit judge candidates from such solicitations, and Singletary apologized.
"I was in preacher mode," he said. "I do admit I chose a poor choice of words."
Ludlow Massachusetts Police Officer Thomas Foye was arrested on August 15, 2013, for allegedly stealing a substance from a police evidence locker that field tested positive for cocaine. Foye, 49, was booked on charges of theft of drugs from a depository and possession of a class B substance. At his arraignment Thursday, Foye entered a not guilty plea before Palmer District Court Judge Patricia T. Poehler. Foye was released without bail, under the conditions that he undergo a substance abuse evaluation and submit to random drug screens A pretrial conference in the case has been scheduled for October 1, 2013.
Jim Deeghan, a former sergeant with the Vermont State Police, is arraigned in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington Vt. on Friday, July 13, 2012. Deeghan of Colchester pleaded not guilty on Friday to two counts of false swearing. Prosecutor T.J. Donovan called it a "crime of opportunity," saying Deeghan reported responding to two car crashes and a false alarm but none of the incidents happened. Last year, Deeghan was paid about $136,000, about $56,000 more than his base pay, although a trooper can typically expect to make about $30,000 in overtime a year. (AP Photo/The Burlington Free Press, Glenn Russell, Pool)
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