Judges Disclose Income

Posted: May 25, 1989

Chester County's judges earned outside income last year from many sources, including a payout from a law firm, a teaching job, real estate and certificates of deposit, according to financial disclosure statements filed with the state Supreme Court.

Under court rules, the 1988 statements of financial interest had to be filed by May 1. The filings by the judges are similar to disclosures that other state and local government officials make under the state Ethics Act.

In a court case, the Supreme Court exempted the state's judiciary from the Ethics Act several years ago, but more recently it set rules requiring judges to disclose some outside interests. Judges are required to reveal the sources of income, but not the amounts.

Judge Alexander Endy reported outside income in 1988 from the sale of real estate at 22 N. Third Ave., Coatesville, and dividend or interest income from Hamilton Bank, Colonial National Bank, PSFS, Citadel Federal Credit Union, Dime Savings Bank, Philadelphia National Bank, Fidelity Fund, New Jersey Resources, USX Corp., Bell Atlantic, AT&T and the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union. He also reported income from a mortgage granted to his daughter, Daryl Endy of West Chester.

Judge Lawrence E. Wood reported that his wife, Mary, earned income from St. Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Malvern and from Lori Wrenn Design, also of Malvern. Wood, who lives in Pennsbury Township, reported owing money on a mortgage on property at 122 N. Darlington St., West Chester, although he said the deed to the property was held by someone else.

He also reported holding a financial interest in Merrill Lynch Ready Asset Trust and owning stock in the Bank of Chester County.

Judge Charles B. Smith reported outside income from teaching for Main Line Paralegal School in Wayne and from the Army Reserve. Smith also reported owing on a car loan to the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union.

Judge Thomas G. Gavin reported outside income of $8,000 from his former law firm, Crawford, Wilson & Ryan, for fees for services performed before his 1985 election as judge. He listed income from a real estate partnership with Barbara Gavin.

He reported receiving $10,000 from Pinnacle Development Corp. of the Orchard Valley development in Kennett Square for legal services performed before his election.

Gavin listed Dime Savings Bank and five individuals as creditors on mortgages on four properties he owns in West Chester.

He reported two gifts from former clients. One was the free use of a truck on weekends from Exton Materials of Exton to haul dirt and stone on his property. The other was the free use of a Brigantine, N.J., apartment two weekends a year. The apartment belongs to Edward Weingartner Jr. of West Chester, Gavin reported.

Gavin also reported that he and his wife, Denise, were officers of Bond House Development Co., which owns and plans to develop two building lots near his home.

Judge J. Curtis Joyner reported receiving fees for work he performed when he was in private practice. Joyner also said he was chairman of the board of directors of Student Services Inc. of West Chester University, which operates the bookstore at the school, but he reported no income from the position.

Judge Michael J. Melody Jr. reported outside income from wife Mary's job with the county, from Fidelity Bank, Merrill Lynch and First Financial Savings Bank and from the estate of a deceased aunt.

He listed debts with GMAC, First Pennsylvania Bank, Fidelity Bank, Citibank, and college loans through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

President Judge Leonard Sugerman listed outside income from what he listed only as "municipal bonds" on his disclosure form. He listed no other income or debts.

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