Thursday, January 28, 2010

Joseph Cosgrove Sworn in as New Judge in Luzerne County

Attorney Joseph Cosgrove, 52, was sworn in as a new Judge on the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas on January 28, 2009. He was in private practice since 1982 and appears to have focused his practice on the defense of criminal matters.

Judge Cosgrove is filling out former Judge Mark Ciavarella's term and is allowed to remain on the bench until that term ends in January of 2012. As such, Judge Cosgrove will essentially hold his position in all of 2010 and 2011.

The Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas still remains three (3) judges shy of its full complement of jurists. The seats of former judges Michael Toole (resigned after fraud charges filed), Peter Paul Olszewski (lost bid for retention in recent elections), and Ann Lokuta (removed by Judicial Conduct Board) remain open.

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