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PA Supreme Court Justice Sentenced

On June 13, 1994, Rolf Larsen, a justice on the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court for the past sixteen years, was removed from office and sentenced to two years' probation for arranging to have his doctor prescribe tranquilizers in the name of court workers. He was also ordered to perform 240 hours of community service. He faced a maximum penalty of 20 years on the original charges and he could have received 20 months in prison. Perhaps his lenient sentence was due to the fact that he was a judge.

The state Judicial Conduct Board has also charged Larsen with offenses including lying to a grand jury and giving preferential treatment to friends when accepting appeals. The legislature will continue in their attempt to impeach Larsen so that if his sentence is overturned on appeal he won't be able to resume his job as a Supreme Court justice.

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