Hon. Maria L. Dantos

Judge Dantos's Average Overall Review:

2 Stars

Based on 41 reviews

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687. other

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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4636. witness

I myself was sitting in a trial. And observed judge Dantos. Rolling her eyes and smiling while listening to the audio tape of a defendant when he was being questioned at the allentown police department. The jury fed off of seeing her reactions and found the defendant guilty on all 8 charges. This judge is very unprofessional and needs to be removed immediately from her position.


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1283. other

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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1949. attorney (government, criminal matters)

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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2718. other

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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5072. courthouse employee

I have seen it all, this judge needs to be voted out, she has no respect for the law, does not listen to the lawyers it's her way at all cost, she is a disgrace to judged who actually do there job, she needs to be throw out of court for all the innocents people I witness put in jail and in prison just because she does not do her job properly . People we need to stand and next year , make sure, she it's not re-elected....worse judge I have witness in all my years working at the courthouse .....your a abomination MARIA


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364. other

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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1285. other

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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2555. other

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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1515. other

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


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1892. other

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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2399. other

Santos is cruel like human. She need be investigated.


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2711. other

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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2765. witness

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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2818. other

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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2819. witness

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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2897. other

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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2939. attorney (non-profit practice)

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


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4876. attorney (private practice)

If I could give zero stars, I would. Easily the worst thing to happen to the bench in Lehigh County in decades. In my 20 years of practice I've been before dozens of judges and she is clearly the worst. It's not just the eye-rolling and blatant favoritism she shows the prosecution (although those things are both unprofessional and inappropriate), it's the complete disregard for the law in both its application and its sentencing guidelines. She ALWAYS gives the maximum sentence. You'd think that after her cop husband left her for his co-worker she'd have a more balanced approach although that's probably a low blow. Bottom line: I don't know one attorney that has anything positive to say about her.


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5047. other

Zero stars. I have to agree with most comments on here. I was a character witness for a friend. Dantos had no interest in what I had to say and questioned my words, basically insuating I was lying while under oath. As a middle age man with old time values and respect (or at least I did) for our judicial system, she made me look at it in a whole new view. My friends attorney nailed it on the head when he said she'll let off the scum of the earth and when some good law abiding citizen gets in any trouble without any priors, it's like she gets off on throwing the book at you. Which she did. She was totally unprepared, read the victims statement for the first time, 5 minutes before sentencing.(victims statement was actually favorable to my friend) Didn't want to hear nothing, had her mind made up and couldn't have been more wrong about the person standing before her. My friend plead guilty, did all requirements prior to court and was prepared to pay all fines and restitution immediately after court. Though we expected something there was no forgiveness and the Judge duty act is real. She is completely unprofessional. If there's a message to all the people who wrote on here or God forbid will soon stand in front of her, you truly need to vote against her when she is up for re-election. Whether you are guilty as day, or plea you don't want to be in front of her. I know Kathleen Kane has a twin sister (for real) but She and Dantos were separated at birth. These are two women with power that are abusing it everywhere and need to be removed immediately. You two have unfortunately set truly deserving women back for years in Pennsylvania. You two will be case study's in law schools for all the wrong reasons. One final warning as a respected, successful businessman in the LV. Fate is crazy and it can happen to anyone.....so please vote her out. If you stand before her you are getting the max. any previous accomplishments you have done in your life no matter how great or generous you may be, it doesnt matter.....trust me on this. Saw it first hand. I believe she's up in 2017 or 18 for re election. Vote her out so lady justice can be blind once again and base things on facts not presumption.


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2405. witness

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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2554. other

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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2707. witness

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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2925. witness

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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3085. other

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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3086. other

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


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3093. other

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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3254. courthouse employee

Maria Dantos's lets personal gain direct every decision that she makes in the court room. Her past family life makes her emotionally involved in some cases. Her affair with detective John Buckwalter has tainted her ability to judge fairly in any case he is involved with. For years the citizens of Allentown have had to put up with these negligent courtroom antics. Call your congressman to inform them of the abuse that has happened in the courtroom of Judge Maria Dantos. This judge's corrupt reign of power must come to an end.


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3558. witness

This woman is out of control. She has political agenda. She is trying to be "tough on crime" for the newspapers. I am, among other, petitioning to have he removed from the bench. Too many times have I seen her ignore the advice of the DA and throw on additional punishment. I have also seen and heard her talk of our military. She has treated these men like garbage. Because they might come home and have mental issues and occasionally make a mistake she then throws the book at these poor men to prove a point. DO NOT REELECT JUDGE DANTOS SHE NEEDS TO BE GONE AND OFF THE BENCH. NOT TOMORROW TODAY. PEOPLE OF LEHIGH COUNTY RAISE UP AND HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD DO NOT LET HER RUIN ANYONE ELSES LIFE!


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3605. other

You Right she ruin lives . We need are going to the CONGRESSMAN IN ALLENTOWN PA . We do not want more this judge Maria L Dantos you need Gone and outtttttttttttt.


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3930. other

I have followed this judges cases as well as many others. She by far is the most radical of them all. From the clark case to so many others. She is out of control. Hundreds of letters have been sent in regards to her removal from the bench. She is a scorned women, who uses her power as a way to vent. She will burn in hell for sure! Change your ways judge before your judgment day comes.


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4283. other

I am a sister of a woman with no record who was charged for a obscure sentencing from judge dantos. There was no proof myself inflicted the injury a she was charged with yet dantos charged her based off her own emotions on what happened to her own kids. My sister had no background but yet she gave her a sentence for each charge separately with then added up to 8.5-17 years.


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4465. other

We have known of her since she was a prosecutor before she became judge. When she was a DA she was fair in her dealings with the defendants she prosecuted. Something changed in her personality when she became judge and she started to take it out on the defendants and their lawyers. Her reputation is as the most unfair judge in the county. Sentences will be twice as much in her courtroom as they would be in other courtrooms for similar behavior. If she doesn't agree with testimony she hears or arguments made by counsel, she has been known to roll her eyes in trial settings. Its not difficult to know which way the wind blows in that courtroom.


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4763. party to case (with attorney)

I had a case in Lehigh County where i had the keys to a vehicle that was parked a block away, that was neither in my name nor PA ates as was my ID. I got stopped walking and was told i fit the description of a dark skinned male who made a drug transaction when i am almost white in complexion. They did find drugs in the car in which did not fit the description of the drugs sold after a illeagal search and seizure of the vehicle and 9 different stories from 3 different cops in all court appearences which i had all in my transcripts. After 3 Court appearences in front of Judge Dantos where she constantly winked, smiled, and praised the Police officers, even my paid attorneys, Azteck and another well known lawyer said i was never gonna win the case because she had no intention on even listening to my defense in which in any other courtroom would have been dismissed imediately. I ended getting a sentence of 3-7 years did 4 in prison and halfway houses before being released and i am still serving parole for a crime i did not commit, and then drugs that were found in a car that had no relevance to the case that was not even in the vacinity nor was i seen in previously. She even objected my lawyers cross examination, not allowing the D.A to do so and told the D.A to object more and she would sustain the objection with no explanation which was also in my transcripts. I filed a P.C.R.A and of course it was denied because my main issue was she was not following the judicial code of conduct and was being biast and partial and it had to be approved by her which means she would have to admit to making those mistakes that she intentionally does. She ruined a very big part of my life, i even had witness speakers that were high military personal in rank and other productive members of the community and she still had no interest in even giving thought to even LISTEN to the corruption of not only the police workings and investigation but is also ignorant to her own ignorance and arrogance. With all that being said i hope that when she gets to meet the one and only God that Judges and sees all that he Judges her with the same compassion, sympathy, and fairness as she did not only to me but everybody elses lives that she has ruined and ruining.


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3110. other

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


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3111. other

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


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3225. attorney (public defender)

You are a devil. Bad judge


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3281. courthouse employee

Number 30 you are right Maria L Dantos and Buckwalter are corrupts. We need inform theirs abuses.


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3282. courthouse employee

Number 30 you are right Maria L Dantos and Buckwalter are corrupts. We need inform theirs abuses.


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492. party to case (with attorney)

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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5662. juror

Was a juror on a case she handled and she treated all parties fairly and with respect. She treated us jurors with upmost respect and went out of her way to accomadate us all.


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