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Former judge cleared of most charges in misconduct case

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A former magisterial district judge in Northampton County has been cleared of all but one charge in an alleged case of misconduct.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court exonerated David Tidd of dozens of charges he had been facing, leaving in place only a minor charge of retaliation, according to his attorney, Sam Stretton.

The court issued its 32-page ruling after finding Tidd's secretarial staff not to be credible, according to Stretton.

"It's a shame what he had to go through," Stretton told 69 News. "Northampton County lost a good judge."

The state's Judicial Conduct Board filed the charges against Tidd in August 2016, claiming that he verbally abused his staff with name-calling and profanity.

Tidd was also accused of rushing through court cases to the point that his court was dubbed the "fast-food court."

The board said Tidd also improperly mixed his business as a bankruptcy lawyer with his job as a judge.

Tidd stepped down in February 2016, a few months into his second term as judge.

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