The defense and prosecution have begun talking about a settlement in the case of former Philadelphia Judge Willis Berry Jr., accused of theft and conflict of interest after running a real estate business from his chamber.
"We've just started to negotiate," defense lawyer Fred Harrison said after a Tuesday hearing on the case was postponed until June 24.
Deputy Attorney General Daniel Dye confirmed a conversation has begun. "If they want to talk," he said, "I'll listen."
The Inquirer reported in 2007 that Berry, then a Common Pleas judge, moonlighted as a landlord, renting a string of derelict properties in North Philadelphia and managing them from his courthouse office.