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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 11-76



Maryesther S. Merlo, Magisterial District Judge for Magisterial District 31-1-02, Lehigh County; No. 361 Judicial Administration Doc.

[41 Pa.B. 350]
[Saturday, January 15, 2011]


Per Curiam

And Now, this 22nd day of December, 2010, this Court has received notice that the Judicial Conduct Board has found probable cause to file formal charges against the Honorable Maryesther S. Merlo, Magisterial District Judge for Magisterial District 31-1-02 of the Thirty-First Judicial District, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, alleging that she has violated Article V, § 17(b) and § 18 (d)(1) of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Judges. In view of the compelling and immediate need to protect and preserve the integrity of the Unified Judicial System and the administration of justice for citizens of this Commonwealth, Magisterial District Judge Maryesther S. Merlo is hereby relieved of any and all judicial and administrative responsibilities as a magisterial district judge and ordered not to take any further administrative or judicial action whatsoever in any case or proceeding now or hereinafter pending in Magisterial District 31-1-02 until further Order of this Court. The suspension shall be served with no diminution in salary or benefits.

 This Order is without prejudice to the rights of the Honorable Maryesther S. Merlo to seek such relief in this Court for the purpose of vacating or modifying this interim Order. Pa.Const. Article V, § 10(a); In Re: Avellino, 690 A.2d 1138 (Pa. 1997); and see In Re: McFalls, 795 A.2d 367 (Pa. 2002).

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 11-76. Filed for public inspection January 14, 2011, 9:00 a.m.]

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