A retired Philadelphia judge has been sued by his former brother-in-law for allegedly using judicial influence to have the man fired as a tipstaff and then allegedly falsely charged with forgery. Former Judge John J. Chiovero's brother-in-law alleges that he was targeted after he announced he was divorcing the judge's sister. Last week, Chiovero and other co-defendants filed a motion to dismiss the action -- which they called "patently frivolous" -- for lack of jurisdiction in federal court.
Former In-Law Alleges Judge Used Influence to Have Him Fired
The Legal Intelligencer
October 30, 2008