I bet you saw that title and thought, “Oh! I bet this is a West Virginia post!”
Ba-ba-BAH! Try the veal!
But it’s not about West Virginia; it’s about nepotism in the local court system as revealed by Post-Gazette.
Jobs are scarce. Good jobs are scarcer. Unless you know a particular judge, apparently.
Walk in to Allegheny County President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel’s courtroom on any given day, and you will likely encounter her tipstaff, who also serves as her executive assistant and just happens to be her daughter.
If you need to inquire about jury service, you could speak with the assistant director of jury operations — Judge McDaniel’s son-in-law.
And if he can’t help you out, you could talk to his boss in the county office building: Judge McDaniel’s other daughter.
And, in the event you need information about paying costs or restitution for pretrial services, you could speak with Judhttp://thatschurch.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=13151&action=editge McDaniel’s other son-in-law.
No fewer than four relatives of the top judge in the county work for the court system.
My goodness. There’s nepotism and then there’s starting a torrid affair with nepotism.
And there’s more!
• Judge Paul F. Lutty Jr., whose wife is his judicial secretary;
• Judge Donald E. Machen, whose wife is his law clerk;
• Judge Joseph M. James, whose son is his tipstaff;
• Judge W. Terrence O’Brien, whose brother is his tipstaff;
• Judge Dwayne Woodruff, whose daughter is his law clerk;
• Judge John T. McVay Jr., whose sister-in-law is his secretary.
But it’s okay.
I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the most qualified candidates for all of these positions just happened to be the judges’ relatives.
Life is just kismet-y like that sometimes.