For Del Greco, new position changes role
Usually Bob Del Greco defends judges when they get in trouble.
Now the prominent Pittsburgh defense attorney is on a state board tasked with investigating and prosecuting jurists.
Gov. Tom Corbett appointed Del Greco, 59, of Whitehall this month to the 12-member Judicial Conduct Board.
“When the governor calls you, you don't say no,” Del Greco said. “I'm looking forward to it. I'm flattered the governor put his trust in me.”
Corbett, a Shaler Republican and former state attorney general, said Del Greco, a Democrat, is “a highly respected attorney with impeccable legal credentials,” whose experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney and law school professor will be an asset to the board.
The board — composed of six laypeople, three lawyers and three judges — investigates complaints against judges statewide and has authority to initiate investigations, said its chief counsel, Robert Graci.
Complaints that have merit become formal complaints before the state's Court of Judicial Discipline, which metes out punishment. The Judicial Conduct Board acts as prosecutor.
The board received 660 complaints against judges statewide in 2012; five became formal complaints. The board issued more than 20 warning letters to other jurists whose conduct didn't rise to a formal complaint, Graci said.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning said the board is important to ensure charges are not brought against judges without substance.
“He's a great lawyer and a former assistant district attorney,” Manning said of Del Greco. “He's known for representing high-profile clients. He understands how a judge should conduct himself — what needs to be looked at and what doesn't.”
Del Greco's client list has included a number of notable people, such as former Washington County Judge Paul Pozonsky, who is charged with stealing cocaine from evidence envelopes.
“It's daunting. My whole life I've been an advocate. In this instance I have to be neutral, fair and impartial,” Del Greco said.
A lawyer with Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, he began practicing law in 1981, primarily in criminal and civil defense. He graduated from Duquesne University law school after receiving a bachelor's degree in English from Allegheny College, where he played basketball. His father, Bob Del Greco, played outfield for the Pirates, Yankees and other Major League Baseball teams.
Among Del Greco's notable cases were representing the family of Jonny Gammage, a black motorist who died when five white suburban police officers stopped him in Brentwood in 1995, and former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis in 2002, when a woman and her uncle tried to extort money by accusing him of assaulting her in his car outside a Greensburg bar.
Del Greco represents former Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper, who is accused in a federal grand jury indictment of failing to file income tax returns and taking about $30,000 in public money from a secret police credit union fund for personal use.
Bobby Kerlik is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates bow out of postseason in quiet fashion
- Photos offer clue to assailant in fatal North Side Pittsburgh stabbling
- Point State Park honored as top-notch public space
- Advocacy groups call for closer scrutiny of charter schools
- Ground broken for fourth building at Pittsburgh International Business Park
- PennDOT to install art murals along Route 28
- Newsmaker: Taris Vrcek
- First overnight closure of the Parkway West begins Thursday
- $5M Penn Avenue reconstruction project is ‘killing everything’
- Spokesman for India’s PM tells Pitt audience of pro-business agenda
- Police: Estranged husband fatally shot by woman’s boyfriend after break-in attempt in Esplen