The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline issued an order yesterday suspending Ambridge Magisterial District Judge Andrew Hladio from the bench for the second time. Hladio’s suspension comes after the Judicial Conduct Board filed a new round of charges against the judge earlier this month, alleging he retaliated against witnesses who testified against him earlier this year.

The order by the Court of Judicial Discipline specifies that Hladio will be payed while suspended from the bench and is to continue receiving his medical benefits.

District Judge Hladio was first suspended from the bench in February as part of an emergency order issued by the Court of Judicial Discipline that came in reaction to a 52-page complaint filed against him by the Judicial Conduct Board. State investigators allege that Hladio violated standards of conduct for District Judges and the Pennsylvania Constitution by repeatedly making inappropriate advances towards clerks in the court system; Hladio allegedly continued those unwanted advances even after being rebuffed by the women and reprimanded by court administrators and higher ranking judges.

The Court of Judicial Discipline lifted its suspension of District Judge Hladio in June, even though the charges filed against him are still pending trial.

The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board filed a new round of formal charges against Hladio on October 11th, alleging the judge has been retaliating against witnesses from the previous complaint.

The court has now consolidated the two cases; Judge Hladio could face a public trial before the Court of Judicial Discipline if he chooses to defend against all of the allegations. If the Court determines the allegations against him have been proven by clear and convincing evidence, a Sanctions Hearing would then be held to determine what discipline should be imposed, which could include his removal from office.

The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline’s order suspending District Judge Hladio for the second time can be read here in full.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.


  1. ANOTHER PAID VACATION for this ass clown. This just proves that there is NO justice for the victims in this case.

    • wonder if he is like that hollywood producer…the women in his court maybe had to provide ” favors”
      in exchange for lesser sentences?? this should also be investigated by john paul….bet there’s plenty of them out there, just too intimidated to come forward..

  2. If he is smart he will have his attorney work on a settlement where he resigns and they drop the charges. Otherwise, he’ll most likely be removed from office and lose his law license.

    Then again, if he was smart he would have taken a hint after the first set of charges and kept his mouth shut so perhaps the root of the issue is organic brain disease.

      • Back in 2011 researchers found the first genetic evidence indicating that the dystroglycan-encoding gene (DAG1) is directly involved in the development of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy with associated cognitive dysfunction. There are 17 or so variations of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy so you may have hit the nail on the head. A neuropsychological evaluation should be a requirement of the court.

  3. Kinda hard to see what is really up with this guy. But he is a magistrate a public official. If the charges are false defend yourselfe. It can be done Mr Hladio. You can post your case on the Beavercountian. You have access like everyone else.If you cant defend yourselfe leave office.



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