Federal prosecutors have reached a second plea agreement with a former Luzerne County judge who admitted in December to fixing the appointment of a neutral arbitrator for a UM/UIM case in exchange for use of a New Jersey beach house.
Michael T. Toole now faces one count of corrupt receipt of a reward for official actions instead of an honest services fraud charge, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith said in a press release that the change was made in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the federal honest services fraud statute.
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