Northampton County judge apologizes to stepdaughter of woman ja...

A Northampton County judge publicly apologized Wednesday to a woman he excoriated for benefiting from her stepmother's theft of nearly $90,000. Last month, Judge Stephen Baratta knocked stepdaughter Samantha ... Full Story

“GO PIGS ! 4/9/09”

Since: Apr 08

Bethlehem,Pa

#1 Feb 19, 2009
The Judge was out of order. And will not get punished for it like anyone else would
wordup

Allentown, PA

#2 Feb 19, 2009
I'm an upstanding citizen who votes and the only laws I ever break are speed limit laws. I legitimately handle my businesses, file my taxes honestly, and pride myself on the fact that I am an honorable business person. Yet I have very close family members that have had very serious run-ins with the law , and I would be absolutely FURIOUS if a judge made such public inference about me based on the conduct of those family members.

I don't know what damages (financial or otherwise) the girl suffered due to this obvious SLANDER, but since I have interests to protect, you can bet your life that I would be looking into filing official complaints, slander charges, or any other revenues allowed under law to recover any damages caused by said SLANDER.
RonMania

Easton, PA

#3 Feb 19, 2009
OMG,OMG a WOMAN involved in credit card fraud -- The end is near!! Oh forgot it's already here.
SMorgan

Morrisville, PA

#4 Feb 19, 2009
wordup wrote:
I'm an upstanding citizen who votes and the only laws I ever break are speed limit laws. I legitimately handle my businesses, file my taxes honestly, and pride myself on the fact that I am an honorable business person. Yet I have very close family members that have had very serious run-ins with the law , and I would be absolutely FURIOUS if a judge made such public inference about me based on the conduct of those family members.
I don't know what damages (financial or otherwise) the girl suffered due to this obvious SLANDER, but since I have interests to protect, you can bet your life that I would be looking into filing official complaints, slander charges, or any other revenues allowed under law to recover any damages caused by said SLANDER.
Yes, I was quite upset by the previous statements made by the judge and made it a point to set the record straight that I was ALSO a victim of these crimes. Ultimately I'm not out of a large some of money (except for travel expenses back and forth, and some attorney fees to get this straightened out). I was able to clear my name from all the credit cards and also the loans, as was my grandmother (whos name was forged as a co-signer). I'm just happy to see this matter come to an end, and my credit cleared, it's been a LONG 2-1/2 Years.

Since: Jun 08

The Lehigh Valley

#5 Feb 19, 2009
Glad to hear that this worked out for you and your grandmother and that this judge offered an apology, for what it's worth.

Good luck to you!
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Korea

#6 Feb 21, 2009
Out with Barratta in next retention electon, this is not first time his conduct is less than becoming.
Tom Harold

Breckenridge, CO

#7 Dec 29, 2011
judge baratta is a biased smart ass judge with a deity complex. I would truly love to see him get stopped for a DUI or get run over by an 18 wheeler. What goes around comes around and he will get his someday. Just hope I hear about it.

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