County swearing-in spotlights two new jurists

Patrick Carmody (left) and Jeffrey R. Sommer are the newest additions to the Chester County bench.
Patrick Carmody (left) and Jeffrey R. Sommer are the newest additions to the Chester County bench. 10 take oath of office, including Judges Patrick Carmody, Jeffrey R. Sommer By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times A swearing-in ceremony rescheduled from Friday played out in Chester County Court on Monday with the black robes of two new judges dominating the spotlight. Four row officers...

Anonymous campaign mailing leads to pair’s conviction

Donald Skomsky was convicted of forgery, conspiracy, and campaign violations.
Jury concludes couple committed forgery through effort to dupe voters By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Donald Skomsky was convicted of forgery, conspiracy, and campaign violations. A Chester County Court jury found a West Chester couple guilty of conspiracy and forgery charges Thursday in a case stemming from a vitriolic, anonymous campaign letter sent before the 2011 spring primary...

W. Chester jurist ordered to relinquish keys, ID

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi poses with Magisterial District Judge Mark A. Bruno
President judge said cases will be handled by rest of county’s magisterial district judges By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (left) poses with Magisterial District Judge Mark A. Bruno at a District 11 Special Court Judges Association meeting in November. Pileggi has called for the end of Philadelphia Traffic Court, where Bruno, who was...

D.A. adds 2 respected law-enforcers to detectives

Thomas Goggin, a veteran member of the Phoenixville Police Department, will bring his expertise to the county detectives.
The pair will fill vacancies created by recent retirements Thomas J. Goggin, a veteran member of the Phoenixville Police Department, will bring his expertise to the county detectives. Two respected county law-enforcers were sworn in Monday as Chester County detectives, District Attorney Tom Hogan announced. James F. Ciliberto, a longtime state trooper, and Thomas J. Goggin, a veteran of the Phoenixville...

‘Flash mob’ tribute caps illustrious judicial career

Retiring Judge Howard F. Riley Jr. shakes the hands of well-wishers after his surprise tribute.
Colleagues, associates conspire to interrupt jurist’s last day on bench By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Retiring Judge Howard F. Riley Jr. shakes the hands of well-wishers after his surprise tribute. On Chester County Common Pleas Court Judge Howard F. Riley’s last day on the bench Friday, the unthinkable occurred: One of his most emphatic judicial orders was blatantly...

Oft-maligned county workers get commended

Employees from the enforcement unit of the Domestic Relations Office fill the jury box in Courtroom Two for a group photo.
Domestic Relations Office praised for delivering deserved financial support to children By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Employees from the enforcement unit of the Domestic Relations Office fill the jury box in Courtroom Two for a group photo. Imagine trying to wrangle child-support payments from individuals determined to avoid them or playing a role in jailing someone chronically...