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Former prosecutor Tranquilli moves onto bench

| Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 12:33 p.m.

Allegheny County's former top homicide prosecutor Mark V. Tranquilli took the oath of office on Friday to become a Common Pleas Court judge.

Tranquilli, 46, of Upper St. Clair will take the bench on Jan. 6, likely starting in the family division.

President Judge Jeffrey A. Manning conducted the ceremony.

Tranquilli took unpaid leave from the District Attorney's Office in March to run for office. He was the top vote-getter in the primary and general elections.

The father of three became a household name for the high-profile homicide cases he tried during two decades, including the prosecution of Richard Poplawski, the gunman who ambushed and killed three Pittsburgh police officers in Stanton Heights on April 4, 2009.

Newly-elected Judge Jennifer Satler was sworn in last Friday. Judge-elect Eleanor Bush will be sworn in on Monday.

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