But, what is happening in Pennsylvania is completely bizarre.
While Pennsylvania is suspending, disbarring and denying reinstatement of attorneys left and right for the biggest sin of all - criticizing the judiciary - it is really lenient (usually) on attorneys working for the state and committing misconduct.
For example, Pennsylvania, having no statute of limitations on attorney discipline, still did not disbar attorney Ronald Castille, former Philadelphia DA whose misconduct, and misconduct of his staff (of which he had to be aware) was described in detail in the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court case Williams v Pennsylvania:
- obtaining death penalty by fraud, withholding Brady material and suborning perjury from a prosecution witness;
- getting elected to the bench on the basis of that fraudulent death penalty sentence, and then
- blocking habeas corpus relief for the condemned prisoner as a judge in the same case where Ronald Castille was a prosecutor, and blasting the condemned prisoner's attorneys for trying to defend him.