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Perjury Hearing For Former Montco Commissioner To Be Heard By Special Judge

By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Court officials in Montgomery County are now seeking an “out of county” district court judge to decide whether former county commissioner James Matthews will be held for trial on perjury charges.

The prosecution and the defense say they are both on the same page when it comes to assigning an “out of county” district justice to preside over the preliminary hearing.

Matthews was arrested last month and charged with lying to a grand jury that was investigating how the county does business (see related story).

County prosecutor John Gradel says that Matthews, as a commissioner, had ties to every judge in the county in one way or another.

“It seemed to me that no matter what decision the district justice makes at the preliminary hearing, it’s going to be attacked from one side or the other,” Gradel told KYW Newsradio this morning.

If Matthews, 62, is held for trial, Gradel says it’s likely that another “out of county” judge would be assigned to the case.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 17th, but that could be delayed depending on how long it takes to find a judge.


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  • risa ferman's revenge is full of it

    this is just retaliation by risa ferman for matthews daring to question her budget. the times herald is in risa’s pocket just like they were in castor’s pocket, only going after their enemies with allegations. marino, castor and risa all DA’s for the county are known for letting off their friends with a slap on the wrist that comes back to haunt them with felons killing innocent people, and mobsters giving contributions to castor only to get caught by the feds for the same charges that castor let them off earlier with that same slap on the wrist

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