Breaking news at 12:54P.M. today reported that Luzerne County Judge Michael Toole agreed to plead guilty to charges leveled at him by the Feds.
According to a complaint filed this afternoon, Toole secretly communicated with an attorney to detemine who that attorney wished to have appointed as a netural arbitrator in an underinsured motorist case. The attorney, who is identified only as participant #1, had given Toole free use of a New Jersey beach house. Toole failed to disclose that information to other parties involved in the arbitration case.
Toole is also charged with failing to report approxiamtely $30,000 he received as a referral fee from antoher attorney on his income tax return in 2006.