Lokuta

List of Alleged Offenses (cont.)

   6)   Made an employee clean her home, shovel snow and scrub her floors by hand on county time;

  
7)   Slept until noon, causing a major delay in hearings;

  
8)   Failed to conduct herself in a manner promoting confidence in the judiciary;

  
9)   Failed to disqualify herself when her impartiality could be questioned;

 
10)   Prejudiced the proper administration of justice;

 
11)   Discourteous in her official capacity;

 12)   Brought judicial office into disrepute;

 
13)  Failed to properly dispose of the court’s business;


List of Alleged Offenses

  1)   Came to work with unkempt, greasy hair and wore the same clothes, stained, day after day;

  2)   Told employees to lie about where she was when she would miss court;

  3)  
Stopped proceedings if a deputy sheriff’s keys rattled to loudly;


 
4)   Repeatedly harassed and belittled employees, while developing a sexual relationship with a subordinate;


  
5)   Discourteous, rude, inpatient, undignified, abusive, unprofessional, demeaning, humiliating, intimidating and volatile (Puskas, deputy chief counsel for the Judicial Conduct Board)


Education

  1Graduate of King's College..

   2)  Graduate of Hofstra University in 1979; and

   3)  Active Law License since 10/18/1979

  Practice Experience
  
   1)   Assistant District Attorney

   2)   Law Clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District

Practice Experience
(cont.)

  3)   Elected as a sitting Judge for Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas for 10 years beginning in 1992;

  4)  Reelected as a sitting Judge for Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas for another 10 years in 2002.

  

REMOVED FROM THE BENCH BY THE SUPREME COURT

Removal Process

   1)    Board received intial complaint on 4/27/2004;

   2)   Board Filed charged on 11/27/2006;

   3)   Lokuta permanently removed from being a Judge or holding any judicial office on 1/14/2011.