Green Tree attorney apologizes to avoid contempt

Man faced claims of abusive conduct

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A Green Tree attorney had to apologize to a Common Pleas Court judge Tuesday or risk being held in contempt.

Eric Yandrich apologized to Judge Jennifer Satler and her judicial secretary after they alleged he was abusive to Pam Palmosina on the phone in May.

“I have no animosity toward the judge. I have no animosity toward Ms. Palmosina,” Mr. Yandrich told President Judge Jeffrey A. Manning at a hearing on the issue Tuesday. “I was disrespectful. I knew I was out of line as soon as I said it.

“I do apologize, judge. I apologize, Pam. Out of frustration, I got out of line.”

According to testimony from Ms. Palmosina, Mr. Yandrich became enraged with her on the phone when he learned Judge Satler was going to give additional time to an attorney opposing him in a divorce case who had missed a filing deadline.

“He said he was going to slander my judge’s name. He said, ‘How was she even elected?’ That he was going to take it to [Administrative Judge Kim] Clark,” Ms. Palmosina testified.

Mr. Yandrich used an obscenity with her, she continued.

“He was screaming, irate.”

When Judge Satler learned that Mr. Yandrich was upset by her order, she offered him the chance to come in and argue the issue, but he never appeared.

Then, on May 22, she had a hearing to show cause why he should not be held in contempt.

At that time, Mr. Yandrich denied ever saying he would slander Judge Satler, so she adjourned the hearing, and it was moved to Judge Manning’‍s calendar.

At an initial hearing before Judge Manning on July 8, Mr. Yandrich said he did not know what the allegations against him were and asked if the issue could simply be mediated.

Judge Manning said it could not, and Mr. Yandrich said he wanted to hire an attorney. The case was rescheduled.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Mr. Yandrich said he had no problem with Judge Satler, and even signed her nominating petition last year.

Judge Satler and Ms. Palmosina agreed to accept his apology.

Because of that, Judge Manning said he would not hold Mr. Yandrich in contempt.

“The court does not look lightly on incivility,” he said. “Being ignorant and ill-mannered is not a good way to keep your reputation.

“Let’s say you’‍ve been forewarned.”


Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2620 or on Twitter @PaulaReedWard.

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