Former jurist pleads guilty to obstructing justice

Visiting Philadelphia judge to sentence Rita A. Arnold on July 23 By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Former Magisterial District Judge Rita A. Arnold, 57, pleaded guilty on Monday to obstructing justice and tampering with public records. The fate of a former, longtime Chester County magisterial district judge now lies in the hands of a senior judge from Philadelphia. On Monday,...

Magisterial district judge resigns after arrest

Former jurist accused of same conduct for which she was suspended in July By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Embattled Chester County Magisterial District Judge Rita A. Arnold resigned from her position Tuesday after being arrested. In July, Magisterial District Judge Rita A. Arnold pleaded with the state Court of Judicial Discipline to let her keep her “dream” job at a sanctions...

Arnold decision is an embarassment to all of us

District justice admits to lying, covering up complaint, gets a slap on the wrist By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times For some time, it’s been increasingly apparent that there are two Americas. One for most of us, where the law is, at times, harsh and unforgiving — one reason why this country has a larger number of imprisoned people than any other western democracy. There is an entirely other...

Magisterial district judge gets one-month, unpaid suspension

Rita A. Arnold will return to bench Sept. 1, according to state Court of Judicial Discipline By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Magisterial District Judge Rita A. Arnold will return to the bench on Sept. 1 after a court-ordered month’s suspension. Choking back tears, Magisterial District Judge Rita A. Arnold pleaded with the state Court of Judicial Discipline to let her keep...

Court: Judge subverted justice

Rita Arnold found to have acted improperly to protect son, then herself By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com District Justice Rita Arnold The Court of Judicial Discipline has found “clear and convincing evidence” that Magisterial District Judge Rita A. Arnold violated the rules of professional conduct. In a press release issued Friday, the court referenced Arnold’s...

Two cases linked by alleged judicial misconduct

District Justice Rita Arnold acknowledges improprieties — an admission that could affect a couple’s election-forgery case  By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com District Justice Rita Arnold A Chester County magisterial district judge accused of abusing her power to benefit her son appears interested in avoiding a trial, according to court documents. In a “proposed...