PBA Issues Statement on Allegheny County Judge Tranquilli Allegations

HARRISBURG (Feb. 10, 2020) — On behalf of the Board of Governors, Pennsylvania Bar Association President Anne N. John today issued the following statement regarding allegations against Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli:

“The Pennsylvania Bar Association is committed to the fair administration of justice, and we insist that the dignity of every person always be safeguarded.

The unbiased and impartial behavior of judges, and their demonstration of respect and equal treatment for all are fundamentals in the judicial process. Any allegations of racially disparaging comments by a jurist must be fully investigated.

We praise Allegheny County President Judge Kim Berkeley Clark for taking prompt action. Full and proper review of allegations of judicial bias is essential; therefore, we look forward to the appropriate review by the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board and to a just resolution.”

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access of legal services; and serve the lawyer members of the state’s largest organized bar association.