Municipal Court Judge Tom Nocella might not be a favorite at the Philadelphia Board of Ethics, which has filed a lawsuit against him.
But Nocella is being looked upon favorably by the Philadelphia Bar Association, which on Monday gave him its blessing in his pursuit to retain his position. Appointed last December to fill a vacancy, he is one of several candidates vying for four open spots on the court in the May 19 primary, and in its latest round of recommendations, the bar association has formally given its OK.
Nocella is an ally of former City Councilwoman Carol Campbell, who was also secretary of the Democratic City Committee. Consequently, it was no surprise that Nocella performed considerable legal work for the party, for free.
But that's not why the ethics board is mad.