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City District Judge Candidates Have Past Brushes with the Law

The race for an open Magisterial District Judge seat in the city of Lebanon has a bit of controversy currently swirling.

An anonymous, two page letter was sent to residents within that judicial district discussing incidents in the past that the writers attribute to retired District Judge Tom Capello, as well as past incidents involving his son, James Capello, the Republican candidate on Tuesday’s ballot to fill that seat.

Among the incidents cited for James Capello is a 2013 Magisterial District Court case in Washington County for a charge of disorderly conduct – hazardous/physical offense.

James Capello was 23 at the time, pleaded guilty to the non-traffic citation and paid $448 in fines and fees to resolve the matter.

While it’s not a felony charge, his Democratic party opponent, Aurelis Figueroa believes Capello should own up to his past misdeeds, rather than complaining on his campaign Facebook page that the letter is filled with lies:

As a means of full transparency, Lebanon Valley Daily News asked Figueroa if she had any run-ins with the law in her past.

She says she forgot to pay a speeding ticket before moving out of Lebanon. When she returned months later with her two-week old son, she was arrested:

Figueroa says her son suffered an allergic reaction to the formula he was fed while she was in jail, and the entire experience made her realize the need for humane treatment of people who come before a magistrate.

James Capello declined multiple requests for an interview.