||Prosecution based upon criminal conviction of Obstruction of Justice or Other Governmental Function, 18 Pa.C.S. §5101. In essence, while a Common Pleas Court Judge, Respondent attempted to interfere with Grand Jury investigations into conduct of guardian of incompetents’ estates, who Respondent had appointed. Respondent: lied to the FBI, and failed to give them requested information; on various occasions instructed co-conspirator Bosha (the guardian) not to cooperate with the investigations, including a suggestion that Bosha commit suicide; and, on various occasions, solicited confidential grand jury information, documents and transcripts from five different prosecutors. Respondent did this with the specific intent to obstruct, impair or pervert the administration of law or other governmental function – the grand jury investigations into his and Bosha’s conduct.
Board found two aggravating factors: Respondent was a Judge; Respondent did not attend the disciplinary hearing.