On Monday, April 15, 2024, Fox43 reported that the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board had filed additional charges against suspended Dauphin County Magisterial District Judge Sonya McKnight.

McKnight was already facing charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault for allegedly shooting her ex-boyfriend while he was asleep in February 2023. The victim survived the shooting but was left blind in one eye.

The new charges filed by the Judicial Conduct Board stem from McKnight’s violations of the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct for Magisterial District Judges and the Pennsylvania Constitution. The board alleges that by engaging in the conduct that led to the criminal charges, McKnight failed to comply with the law and act in a way that promotes public confidence in the judiciary.

Specifically, McKnight has been charged with violating Canon 1, Rules 1.1 and 1.2 of the judicial conduct rules which relate to upholding the law and maintaining integrity and impartiality. She also allegedly violated provisions in the state constitution by taking part in a prohibited activity and conduct that discredits the judicial office.

McKnight has been suspended without pay from her position as a district judge since November 2023. At that time, she faced charges of theft of time, failure to cooperate with disciplinary authorities and other ethics violations related to her job duties.

If found guilty of the new charges before the Court of Judicial Discipline, McKnight could face further penalties up to and including permanent removal from office.



Source: Fox43