Pennsylvania’s House (again) considers impeaching Court of Common Pleas Judge Willis W. Berry, Jr.

March 24th, 2011 by Bill Raftery Leave a reply »

I noted last year a push in the Pennsylvania House to impeach Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Judge Willis W. Berry, Jr.

Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Judge Willis W. Berry, Jr.  has served in that office in 1996 and had, prior too taking office, purchased over a dozen properties in Philadelphia. The properties were in poor condition and the judge was cited over 70 times. According to the state’s Court of Judicial Discipline, Judge Berry made use of his office and judicial secretary for a decade to “assist him in the day-to-day operations concerning his properties.” The Court of Judicial Discipline suspended him for four months without pay and he was encouraged to resign by the Philadelphia Bar. Instead, Berry returned to work on January 4 [2010].

HR 603 appoints a sub-committee of the House Judiciary Committee to investigate Judge Berry’s actions and determine whether they rise to the level of an impeachable offense.

HR 603 of 2010 never even reached the hearing stage. Many of the same sponsors have reintroduced the resolution again as HR 124 of 2011.

This latest resolution is currently pending before the House Judiciary Committee.