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Allegheny County judge candidate fixes error in campaign letter

| Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A candidate for Allegheny County Common Pleas judge said a letter from her campaign seeking the endorsement of local Democrats contained incorrect information.

The letter dated Jan. 13 from Jennifer Satler, 37, of Washington's Landing boasted about her 10 years in the Allegheny County Public Defender's Office.

“In those 10 years, I handled thousands of cases giving me the skills necessary to be a good judge,” the letter said.

Satler worked in the office, which represents indigent criminal defendants, from 2001 to 2007.

“My campaign person was putting that out, and it was misprinted,” Satler said Monday. “I want the accurate information to be out there.”

She said corrected letters went out immediately.

County Democratic Chairwoman Nancy Patton Mills of Moon said Satler had no reason to embellish the truth.

“That's a good long time at the public defender's office,” Mills said.

Satler, who also teaches law classes and oversees the undergraduate mock trial team at the University of Pittsburgh, is married to veteran Pittsburgh homicide Detective George Satler.

She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Bryn Mawr College in 1997 and her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000.

Fifteen candidates are seeking four 10-year terms on the bench. Other candidates include Deputy District Attorney Mark V. Tranquilli, city Solicitor Daniel Regan, Common Pleas Judge Paul Cozza and P.J. Murray, a Downtown attorney.

Satler, Tranquilli, Cozza and Murray have been endorsed by both the Allegheny County Labor Council and the county Democratic Committee.

Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or abrandolph@tribweb.com.

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