Ex-judge withdraws reinstatement request

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A former Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judge who petitioned the state Supreme Court to have his license to practice law reinstated has withdrawn his petition.

Joseph A. Jaffe was disbarred in March 2004 and served 181/2 months in federal prison, two months in a halfway house and 18 months under supervision for trying to extort a lawyer with cases before him in August 2002. Jaffe pleaded guilty in the case.

In June, he filed a petition with the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and a hearing on his petition was scheduled for Sept. 20 in Pittsburgh. In a letter dated Aug. 2, however, counsel to the disciplinary board wrote that he did not believe Jaffe should be reinstated, and that Jaffe's conduct was so egregious that he should not ever be reinstated to the practice of law in Pennsylvania.

Jaffe withdrew his petition without prejudice, which means he can and will reapply, according to attorney Milton Raiford, who was disbarred in 1994 after pleading guilty to three misdemeanor offenses but was reinstated in 2010. For now, Jaffe is working as a paralegal in Mr. Raiford's law office.

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