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AND COMING UP, JON DELANO WILL

LOOK AT THE PROBLEMS THAT KEPT

THE RESULTS FROM BEING RELEASED

LAST NIGHT.

A LOCAL JUDGE HAS NOW --

HAS BEEN REASSIGNED AFTER HE

MADE RACIALLY CHARGED REMARKS

DURING A PRIVATE CONFERENCE.

ANDY SHEEHAN BROKE THE STORY

TODAY.

ANDY IS HERE NOW TO EXPLAIN

JUST WHAT HAPPENED, WHAT IT

MEERNS FOR THAT JUDGE'S FUTURE,

ANDY?

Reporter: WELL, KYM,

PRESIDENT JUDGE CLARK HAS TAKEN

THE UNPRECEDENTED STEP OF

REASSIGNING JUDGE MARK

TRANQUILLI.

THIS AFTER HE REPORTEDLY MADE

RACIALLY INSENSITIVE REMARKS IN

A CLOSED DOOR CONFERENCE TWO

WEEKS AGO.

AS A CAREER PROSECUTOR AND NOW

A COMMON PLEAS JUDGE, MARK

TRANQUILLI EARNED A REPUTATION

FOR BEING TOUGH ON CRIME AND

DEFENDANTS.

BUT NOW HE FINDS HIMSELF

ACCUSED OF MISCONDUCT.

A FELLOW JUDGE REASSIGNED

TRANQUILLI AFTER ACCUSATIONS HE

MADE RACIALLY CHARGED REMARKS

IN A CLOSED DOOR CONFERENCE.

PRESIDENT JUDGE KIM BERKELEY

CLARK ISSUED THIS ORDER

TEMPORARILY REASSIGNING

TRANQUILLI TO SUMMARY APPEALS

WHERE HE WILL BE CONSIGNED TO

REVIEWING MAGISTRATE CASES

RANGING FROM TRAFFIC FINES TO

TRUE WANSY.

CLARK WOULD NOT COMMENT BUT NO

ONE AT THE COURTHOUSE TODAY CAN

REMEMBER A PRESIDENT JUDGE

TAKING SUCH A DRASTIC STEP

AGAINST ANOTHER SITTING JUDGE.

ACCORDING TO SOURCES,

TRANQUILLI MADE RACIALLY

CHARGED REMARKS DURING A CLOSED

DOOR CONFERENCE WITH A

PROSECUTOR AND A DEFENSE

ATTORNEY.

THE CASE INVOLVED A DRUG TRIAL

AND SOURCES TELL ME THE REMARKS

WERE MADE TWO WEEKS AGO.

THEY CLAIM TRANQUILLI MADE A

RACIST CHARACTERIZATION OF A

BLACK FEMALE JUROR AND ALLUDED

TO HER DRUG ADDICTED BOYFRIEND.

SOURCES SAY IT WAS REPORTED TO

JUDGE CLARK TRANQUILLI

INAPPROPRIATELY REFERRED TO THE

JUROR UNDER A RACIAL STEREOTYPE

AND MUSED ABOUT THE UNWED

FATHER OF HER CHILD.

THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN THE

ROOM WOULD NOT COMMENT OR

CONFIRM THIS.

ALSO IN THAT CONFERENCE WAS

ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY TED

DUKOSKY.

IF THESE REMARKS WERE MADE, HE

WOULD HAVE HEARD THEM, BUT

TODAY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S

OFFICE HAD NO COMMENT.

IN HIS YEARS AS SUPERVISOR OF

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S

HOMICIDE SECTION, TRANQUILLI

TOOK ON ALL THE BIG CASES,

AMONG THEM RICHARD, ACCUSED OF

KILLING THREE PITTSBURGH POLICE

OFFICERS AND RONALD ROBERTSON,

CONVICTED OF SHOOTING PENN

HILL'S OFFICER MICHAEL

CRAWSHAW.

VOTERS ELECTED TRANQUILLI TO

THE COMMON PLEAS COURT IN 2013.

NOW, A CLERK IN JUDGE

TRANQUILLI'S CHAMBERS TOLD ME

THE JUDGE WILL HAVE NO COMMENT,

BUT JUDGE CLARK HAS SENT HER

ORDER TO ALL THE JUSTICES IN

THE STATE SUPREME COURT AND IT

WILL BE REFERRED TO THE COURT'S

JUDICIAL CONDUCT REVIEW BOARD

WHICH INVESTIGATES COMPLAINTS

MADE AGAINST JUDGES.

The Description of Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli Reassigned