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Offline klassykitty

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Local judge
« on: June 10, 2011, 10:06:43 PM »
A state judicial panel has accused an Intercourse district judge of violating standards of conduct when he handed out acorns that had been hollowed out and stuffed with condoms near the Capitol in September.

The Judicial Conduct Board alleges Isaac H. Stoltzfus brought "disrepute" upon the office of district judge, and that he failed to act "in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity of the Judiciary."
The complaint, filed before the state Court of Judicial Discipline, means the 20-year veteran will be tried and, if found guilty, could be stripped of his seat on the local bench because of what authorities have described as "bizarre" behavior.

Stoltzfus can continue serving as a district judge and collecting his yearly salary of $82,303 pending the outcome of the case, said Joseph A. Massa Jr., the Judicial Conduct Board's chief counsel.
The district judge's office referred questions to attorney Heidi Eakin, who was in court and not immediately available for comment.
A trial date has not yet been set.
A pretrial conference is scheduled for June 20.

The complaint shed new light on how Stoltzfus, who had been attending a continuing education seminar on Sept. 21, ended up being cited for disorderly conduct and became the subject of a Judicial Conduct Board investigation.

Two female employees of the state Department of Health and Welfare saw Stoltzfus picking up acorns in a shady, tree-lined area near the Capitol known as the Soldiers Grove about 12:40 p.m. on Sept. 21, the complaint states.
One of the women attempted to joke with the judge.
"Are you a commonwealth employee?" she asked Stoltzfus.
He said yes.
"Maybe you want to contract with (Department of General Services) to pick up all the acorns!" she joked, the complaint states.

At that point, the judge walked to his handbag, which bore the Seal of the Commonwealth, and pulled out a plastic sandwich bag containing acorns. He took out four acorns and gave two to each of the women, according to the complaint.
"They make a nice afternoon snack, try them. I'll be here tomorrow, let me know what you think," Stoltzfus told the women, according to the complaint.

One of the women, remarking on how "shiny" the acorns looked, asked, "What do you do, roast them?"
Stoltzfus replied: "Just take them and let me know what you think," the complaint states.

The two women sat down at a picnic table and one of them opened an acorn. She was "horrified to find that the inside of the acorn was hollowed out and that an unwrapped condom was placed in the acorn," according to the complaint.
The second woman found the same thing in one of her acorns.

They told Capitol security guards to notify police. The women identified the judge to police, who escorted Stoltzfus out of the continuing education room.
Stoltzfus initially denied handing out the acorns when interviewed by police, but he quickly changed his story and claimed he did so only as a joke, according to the complaint. Police cited Stoltzfus with disorderly conduct and notified him he would be the subject of ethical misconduct complaints before the Judicial Conduct Board.

Stoltzfus then asked the officer if he could just plead guilty to the citation and not have the Judicial Conduct Board involved, the complaint states.
The officer said no.
He asked Capitol Police if he could be given a chance to apologize to the women, but was denied. Stoltzfus then asked an officer to relay his apology, which he did later that day.
Police later found four acorns that had been tampered with in a men's room trash can.

Prosecutors dropped the citation a month later because they did not believe he had committed a crime.
"The judge's actions were certainly bizarre, but not necessarily illegal that we could prove beyond a reasonable doubt," Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico told the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era in October.
The Judicial Conduct Board's investigation, however, continued. During a deposition with the board's chief counsel in Harrisburg on Jan. 5, Stoltzfus restated that his intention for the acorns was for them to be a joke.
Under oath, Stoltzfus said, he "has collected, hollowed out, and placed unwrapped condoms inside thousands of acorns during his tenure as a Magisterial District Judge; and that he gave the condom-filled acorns to individuals appearing before him in his Court in order to raise awareness for the efficacy of condom use against unplanned pregnancy and disease," the complaint states.

The Judicial Conduct Board, in its April 11 complaint, alleges Stoltzfus violated three subsections of the state Constitution defining how judges are expected to behave.
The Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Judges states that those who hold that office must "conduct themselves at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity of the Judiciary."
If the board's case is proven, the Court of Judicial Discipline can issue a public reprimand, suspend judges with or without pay and, in the worst cases, remove them from the bench.

The only recent case of a local district judge being disciplined by the court was that of Maynard A. "Bud" Hamilton Jr. In 2007, the court suspended him nine months without pay for attacking an off-duty police sergeant during a birthday party.
Stoltzfus, who is known as "Ike," has been a district judge since April 1991. He had operated a car and farm machinery hauling business before taking office.
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There is also a Paradise, Blue Ball and Virginville in Pa.   ;D
 8)




A true gentleman hold the door for his woman.
Then he smacks her ass!
Diagnosed 01-20-2011
01-23  CD4 32    VL 125,400
02-18        76     VL 189
03-14  no cd4 test done   VL-52
04-14   69  VL-UNDECTABLE  YEA!!
05-26   50  whoopsy  
06-27   71        %-7
08-15   64 WTF %-9 
10-16  80         %7  
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04-18  93    8  
07-16  151  8         
10-18  83    9    VL-70
2013   CD4   %thing       VL-UD
01-28  121     9
04-24  148    11   
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2014   CD-4  %thing   VL-UD
02-07 201 YEA!!!!!!  %12

Offline leatherman

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Re: Local judge
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2011, 10:17:56 PM »
Under oath, Stoltzfus said, he "has collected, hollowed out, and placed unwrapped condoms inside thousands of acorns during his tenure as a Magisterial District Judge; and that he gave the condom-filled acorns to individuals appearing before him in his Court in order to raise awareness for the efficacy of condom use against unplanned pregnancy and disease," the complaint states.
and no one has ever mentioned this odd behavior before now?
plus how does passing out unwrapped condoms show efficacy of condoms??
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


chart from 1992-2013; updated 2/09/13  Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada

Oh my friends, my friends forgive me
That I live and you are gone.
There's a grief that can't be spoken.
There's a pain goes on and on.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more.

"Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Miserables

Offline klassykitty

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Re: Local judge
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2011, 10:02:21 AM »
I think it  has something to do with the fact that the women were just commenting on how many acorns were on the ground and were probably not thinking of condoms.

I at least give him credit for handing condoms out and at least trying to apologize, even though he was denied.  Most people in this area won't even admit to using them.   The funny thing is Stoltzfus is a common last name for Mennonites and Amish folks.

You are are talking about an area that is heavily populated with Amish and Mennonite.  This area is still very conservative and religious, bizzarre behavior could be anything.

 I have to put in my refill for meds a week ahead.  According to the lady that filled my prescription the first time they have no reason to stock "that kind of medicine because people in this area don't get that disease".  Despite all that, other then Philly I wouldn't live anywhere else in this state.

 8)

 
A true gentleman hold the door for his woman.
Then he smacks her ass!
Diagnosed 01-20-2011
01-23  CD4 32    VL 125,400
02-18        76     VL 189
03-14  no cd4 test done   VL-52
04-14   69  VL-UNDECTABLE  YEA!!
05-26   50  whoopsy  
06-27   71        %-7
08-15   64 WTF %-9 
10-16  80         %7  
2012  CD4  %Thing   VL-UD
01-18  87    7
04-18  93    8  
07-16  151  8         
10-18  83    9    VL-70
2013   CD4   %thing       VL-UD
01-28  121     9
04-24  148    11   
07-25  157    11   
10-22  185    13
2014   CD-4  %thing   VL-UD
02-07 201 YEA!!!!!!  %12

Offline leatherman

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Re: Local judge
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2011, 10:17:43 AM »
I just think the story is very weird.  :D unwrapped condoms, supposedly handed out these "acorns" before and no one mentioned it, and supposedly to show efficacy. Maybe he needs an ASO to step in and show him how they put together "safer sex" packets with a handful of wrapped condoms, a few packets of lube, testing info and condom usage instructions. ;) By the way, those must have been pretty large acorns!

I have to put in my refill for meds a week ahead.
I can feel for you there. Where I lived in OH, with barely 100 poz people scattered about in the county, I had to drop off my scripts a few days in advance because they didn't keep many (if any) HIV meds in stock either. Even though its much more rural here in SC, it is much easier because my scripts go through the state pharmacy that ships them right to my house.
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


chart from 1992-2013; updated 2/09/13  Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada

Oh my friends, my friends forgive me
That I live and you are gone.
There's a grief that can't be spoken.
There's a pain goes on and on.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more.

"Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Miserables

 


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