A magistrate and two other court officials were convicted Monday in a scheme to fix 272 cases in exchange for cash and gifts including liquor, lunches and roof repairs.
Jules Melograne, a district justice in suburban Pittsburgh; his brother, Nunzio Melograne, a judge’s aide in Statutory Appeals Court; and Walter “Bobo” Cross, a supervisor in the same court, were found guilty of conspiracy to violate civil rights and commit fraud.
In one case, a woman whose enemies were friends of the three was found guilty of criminal mischief for having an overdue library book. Speeding charges were dismissed against another man who had friendly connections.
Evidence included Nunzio Melograne’s 70-page notebook listing people whose cases had been fixed from 1991 to 1993 and the names of those who supposedly had sought favors.