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Officials: Harrisburg judge forced employees to donate money

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARRISBURG — A judge in Pennsylvania's capital city faces extortion and other charges after officials say he demanded campaign donations from his employees.

Pennlive.com reports the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office launched an investigation into claims of misconduct at Judge Robert Jennings III's Harrisburg office in November.

Officials say Jennings told constables in his office to donate 10 percent of their earnings to his re-election campaign fund. The complaint says Jennings told employees that they would not be assigned future work outside the office if they didn't comply with his demands.

Special Agent Timothy Shaffer says Jennings also had officers drop parking tickets against him when they visited his office.

Jennings' attorney says he is deserving of due process like anybody else. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 1.