Hon. Maria L. Dantos

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Contact info

Lehigh County Courthouse, 455 West Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101

(610) 782-3024

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#1 some other type of commenterMonday, April 30, 2012 - 11:03

She did not care about the truth in my brother's case. Her ridiculous sentence was based on emotions. She did not take into consideration his past and that he didn't have a record and also that what he was in front of her for was completely out of character for him. She also did not care about all the letters that were written about him from his family and friends. Her rulings are so inconsistent. And she seems to have compassion on all the people that do drugs, even repeatedly, but not the ones who come in front of her with their first mistake that is not drug related!

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#2 party to a case represented by an attorneyThursday, July 19, 2012 - 23:13

I strongly disagree with the 4/30/12 comment. As a guilty defendant, I saw Judge Dantos defend and protect the laws as they are written. I saw compassion in her eyes, but she is held to a higher court. She is compelled by her profession to adjucate the law, without prejudice. She is kind and considerate while maintaining the laws of our country. I watched her struggle with a young man who made a terrible mistake. She kept to the letter of the law, but gave him a chance to redeem himself. He was very fairly disciplined for his actions,and will still have an excellent chance to turn himself around, if he so chooses.(from his action after he left the courtroom I'm not so sure that will happen). My ratings for Judge are 5's in all 4 categories, with the exception of writing, since I don't have any knowledge of her written opinions. No matter the outcome, I can say Judge Dantos is fair and reasonable, even when the result isn't what a defendant wishes for.

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#3 some other type of commenterSaturday, November 10, 2012 - 07:45

Dantos is more interested in making a name for herself than upholding the law. She will destroy the lives of innocent people just to get ahead in her career. She lacks any form of common sense or humanity. She requires very little investigation before handing down her unreasonable sentence. One day soon she will be found out and stripped of her robe of power. Until that day we are all screwed to have Dantos in our courtroom.

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#4 some other type of commenterMonday, July 22, 2013 - 22:39

Any judge who lets a man who raped a dog off on probation, doesn't deserve to be sitting on the bench. Shame on you, you wretched woman. You are disgusting.

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#5 some other type of commenterTuesday, July 23, 2013 - 13:06

I read the article on the way the judge ruled on the so called "man" that raped the dog I find it hard to believe that animal cruelty charges were dropped and he received NO JAIL TIME> So now he can go out and rape little children. Shame on this judge.

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#6 some other type of commenterFriday, September 20, 2013 - 21:41

abused her authority...stood up to her reputation, so sad

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#7 some other type of commenterSunday, November 3, 2013 - 11:12

This Judge has to have to worst case of judgeitis possiable. Its quite obvious she enjoys abusing her power, in the end she will be judged and hopfully she will not be shown compassion.

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#8 government attorney (criminal matters)Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 14:01

This judge is directed by prosecutors and from the very beginning of each case that comes across her, she already has a judgement without facts. She needs to be investigated by IA and made to step down before she continues to impose excessive sentencing where it's not necessary and giving people a slap on the wrist such as our dog rapist. She simply lacks common sense in her rulings and allows prove curios to hit her gavel!!!

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#9 party to a case represented by an attorneySaturday, February 1, 2014 - 13:45

Judge Dantos is the most brutal, unfair, unreasonable judge I have ever heard of. Obviously, she is setting precedence as "hard on crime" to further her political agenda. While I understand the "hard on crime" thing, there is NO REASON whatsoever to NOT allow someone driving privileges while in the Work Release Program!!! These inmates have jobs. They are trying to do their best. They pay taxes & bills, just like we all do. If we are supposed to help rehabilitate offenders, then let's do it! Judge Dantos isn't even considering what she is doing to all the family members, friends, and coworkers of the accused. She is ruining their lives, as well. As for sentencing, she ALWAYS gives more time than both lawyers had made an agreement on. That is just ridiculous!!! If the accusing party is agreeable to a punishment, then she should roll with it. Shame on you, Judge Dantos. I had heard that her daughter was killed in a car accident. I'm so sorry to hear that, I really am. That has got to be the worst feeling in the world...but it isn't fair to take your grief out on everyone else. I will pray for you. In the meantime, lighten up!!!

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#10 some other type of commenterTuesday, February 25, 2014 - 21:08

yes, she has once again abused her position and lives up to her reputation, first time juvenile offender charged with a bb gun recieves 9 to 20yrs in adult state prison, my question is what can be done to stop her and her co conspirators. something is very wrong here

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#11 some other type of commenterSunday, March 2, 2014 - 15:00

Santos is cruel like human. She need be investigated.

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#12 witnessTuesday, March 4, 2014 - 14:55

Honorable Honor your a person bad. The person with problems or mental illness need the second chances. I am pray for you. You need love . That's sad for you. We do not like your judgement.

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#13 some other type of commenterSaturday, April 12, 2014 - 15:42

She is a terrible judge in Allentown. She has a medical problems, because when she give a sentences she do not study a case. . Maybe has a problem because her daughter died in a car accident. I guess she need a doctor about her mental conditions.

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#14 some other type of commenterSaturday, April 12, 2014 - 15:42

She is a terrible judge in Allentown. She has a medical problems, because when she give a sentences she do not study a case. . Maybe has a problem because her daughter died in a car accident. I guess she need a doctor about her mental conditions.

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#15 witnessSunday, June 1, 2014 - 20:12

Maybe she is changing your mind now when she doing her judgement, with Clark case . But the olders cases, Honorable Maria L Dantos you need think if you went correctly . I am pray all the time for you Honor. Check please their appeals. Thank

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#16 some other type of commenterTuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:56

After going through your own trial you would think you would not believe everything you read..# 16. The facts related in judgement in the clark case were inaccurate, and interpreted to favor Dantos decision before the trial began. This case, probably like yours was a twisted distortion from Dantos of her emotions The fact that she is pregnant was never purposed for lienency within the defence plea. She was being badgered to admit something that was not true, and her sorrow for the families was sincere. Clark wasn't throwing it in their faces. She tried to go on with her life, and her pain is real tool. The way Dantos saw it, clark would have been criticized for getting a hair cut or her teeth cleaned. Because she (unfortunately) lived.

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#17 some other type of commenterWednesday, June 4, 2014 - 00:20

I have been observing Judge Dantos for some time now. Her demeanor and lack of respect, disgraced our court system once again. Her abuse of power and personal attacks must come to an end. Why don’t we ask Judge Dantos how she would sentence a motorist who failed to observe a full stop. If this motorist had hit or killed someone would the driver be facing almost 3 yrs. Or would it have been an accident. Some of us need to take a long hard look in the mirror, don't we? This judge is clearly emotionally unstable. Her life is much more colorful than she'd have you think. She really needs to consider an early retirement. Very shortly her true story will be public record. The driver in question. Mrs Clark, had no drug or alcohol in her system. Nor was she speeding or on a cell phone at the time of accident. Fact is she hadn't been charged till a year after the accident. The girl obviously believed in her heart it was an accident. And from what I've read and heard she was grieving and in constant therapy, right up until sentencing. Her cell phone record was present at time of sentence. And she officially was not on it. When she was being helped out of suv she said she was looking for her phone, which clearly went flying at time of crash. Witness heard her say she was looking for her phone which had fallen at time of impact. She then found her phone and called 911. The Judge spun it to her liking regardless. But the phone record doesn't lie. The judge clearly was on a personal mission, and or perhaps a political one as well. I am not alone when I say this. She verbally assaulted this young women, and tried to scare her out of her shoes. Yelling and mocking a pregnant women who is carrying an innocent child, Telling her, she will be having the baby in prison, over and over When she knows for-well the baby will be delivered in a local hospital.. Then she proceeded to bully the young women into a confession which obviously was untrue. This was a tactic of the judge to justify her giving her the max sentence. But the young lady would not break. I give her credit. This so called judge is a disgrace to our judicial system. To speak how she did to a pregnant women, was Horrible. I was overly concerned with the defendants health as the Judge verbally abused her. At one point I thought Mrs Clark was going to pass out, as she was crying and gasping for breath. If the defendant had fainted and in this int-rum injury resulted to the fetus. Was Judge Maria L. Dantos prepared to be brought up on charges. Because I assure you she would have been. I am asking for her immediate resignation. And I feel this case among others need to be resentenced. Such behavior has no place in our court system.

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#18 witnessTuesday, June 17, 2014 - 18:17

Why must we continue to put up with this judge? When will she be served justice for all the lives she has ruined?

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#19 some other type of commenterWednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:19

She only cares about how a case will affect her image. Don't even try to fight back in her courtroom. She will only hurt you more. She needs to be investigated for her crimes to the public.

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#20 witnessWednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:31

Dantos sent a clear message to all victims of abuse yesterday: "Do not report it, or I will make sure to put you and your children through the Hell". Her behavior belongs to the street not to the court room. Even that she tried to belittle and humiliate me in front all officials present in the court room, she just made me feel sad and disgusted to know who is representing justice in Lehigh County. I tried to point to the conditions of original sentence but she replied: " I really do not care what happened at the Magistrate Court, I am sorry that you are the victim, but this is my Court," after she look at everyone present with "DUH" face expression she turned to me and said: "What do you want from me?" I just turned and walked out. WOW is all I can say!!!

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#21 some other type of commenterThursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:55

I stood in front of that woman a few years ago, my first offense, and I got no mercy what so ever. I made a mistake, as any 20 year old kid might, and was steamrolled by the Lehigh Valley Drug Enforcement Task Force. The previous comments are right, she gave little thought to her sentancing and how it might affect me for the rest of my life. I recieved 2 felonies for a mere 3 grams of marijuana, and to add insult to injury, I was verbally berated by this "honorable" judge. She pointed her finger at me and said for the rest of my life I am marked a drug dealer, and that's all I would be, and I quote "If I had my way, you'd be in jail and serve the maximum sentance, people like you don't belong in our society". It was something right out of Judge Judy, only this is not a television show, this is reality. I pray that woman comes to her senses one day and recognizes the type of power she really has over people's lives.

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#22 witnessSaturday, August 9, 2014 - 20:54

Honorable your a terrible judge in Allentown Pa. The government need check your bad sentence with the persons that you did. The Supreme Court need check your last sentences , maybe in the five years ago. You are a horrible judge. You do not check nothing when you did your sentences with the people. Horrible judge.

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#23 attorney in private non-profit practiceFriday, August 15, 2014 - 23:02

IA. Investigate this judge, please. Is a dangerous, cruel, bad judge.......................

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#24 some other type of commenterTuesday, September 23, 2014 - 03:17

Maria your a human? Please the people need the second chance. You are a terrible judge. Please can you study your cases better. When you put the people in jail, you are happy. We do not like your judgment. Maybe in your family someday can have a problem with the law and they can have another opportunity like a second chance. My respects.

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#25 some other type of commenterTuesday, September 23, 2014 - 03:23

She is terrible judge. She is happy when give the maximun sentence.

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#26 some other type of commenterWednesday, September 24, 2014 - 18:43

I stood in front of this woman. All she does is goes on what she is told by the DA and runs with it. FACT OR NOT. SHE DOES NOT CARE.........................

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#27 some other type of commenterMonday, September 29, 2014 - 20:48

Why you are Judge ? You are a judge ? No, you are a evil, yes. Bingo

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#28 some other type of commenterMonday, September 29, 2014 - 20:48

Why you are Judge ? You are a judge ? No, you are a evil, yes. Bingo

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