I sat in this judge's courtroom last November, 2014 while my 24-year-old son was degraded and belittled. He definitely was guilty of selling a small number of pills to feed his addiction but this was his first offense and there was no violence involved. My son was also admitted into the Intermediate Punishment Program. This Judge initially thanked my son for not only turning himself in, but also for doing everything that was required of him up to that point, and, in fact, he called him a poster child for doing the right thing. That made no difference. He summarily rejected the IPP for him and said that he considered any drug dealing "domestic terrorism". He called my son a load on society and said that he thinks he has been "coddled" in his life. Fact is, my son suffers from extreme anxiety and some depression and that is what led him to self-medicating with opioids. When I found out he was dealing pills, I kicked him out of our house, hoping he would hit bottom and get the help he needed. So, he was not "coddled".....he was homeless for quite a while. He then sentenced my son to 6 to 23 months in Chester County prison, and told him that if he saw him again in his courtroom for anything drug related, he would send him up State so he could be a "snack for those guys"
This Judge was clearly angry from the rape case he heard prior to seeing my son. He has an opinion about drug dealers and pays no attention to the facts of the case. He appeared to be a mean-spirited ego-maniac. That is a scary person to have in a position of power. He has a responsibility to keep his personal feelings in check.
Please help stop him from overloading our prisons with non-violent, young, drug addicted kids. It is doing no good but ruining lives and burdening the taxpayer.