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Butler County commissioner's remarks under review

By Tribune-reviiew
Saturday, July 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

County Commissioner James Eckstein is facing renewed criticism, this time from members of the Butler County Bar Association.

The association appointed a three-member committee to review Eckstein's remarks critical of county judges and the county's legal system during the June 27 commissioners meeting.

“They have no authority over the press or private individuals,” Eckstein said. “I have my rights to free speech.”

Attorneys Raymond Conlon, Thomas W. King III and Alexander H. Lindsay asked the bar to investigate Eckstein's comments, saying the Pennsylvania Supreme Court code of civility makes it their duty to protect the judiciary from unjust criticism and attack.

The bar association voted 31-0 to proceed with its review and give Eckstein a chance to respond to any findings.

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