York County judge candidate Sandra Thompson faces reprimand

Sandra Thompson, (D) candidate for Judge Court of Common Pleas, takes part in the York Stands Up bipartisan countywide candidates forum in the Weinstock Lecture Hall inside the Willman Business Center at York College, Monday, May 6, 2019.
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A York City-based attorney running for York County Court of Common Pleas judge faces a reprimand from the state Supreme Court disciplinary board.

The board ordered a public reprimand for Sandra Thompson, although no date has been scheduled for it yet. 

Stacey Witalec, spokeswoman for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, said once a reprimand is scheduled, the date will be posted online.

The complaint, she said, will be available after the hearing.

According to the board's website, a public reprimand is one of five types of public discipline for misconduct. If an attorney is publicly reprimanded, they can still continue practicing law. 

Messages left for Thompson seeking comment were not returned by the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 30.

Brian Strong, president of the York County Bar Association, declined to comment, saying he didn't feel it was appropriate for the board to comment on an ongoing proceeding that it isn't involved in and does not have the facts for.

Thompson, who is president of the York NAACP and works at her own private law firm, made national headlines when she and four other black women had the police called on them at a Dover Township golf course in April 2018.

They alleged discrimination after former York County Commissioner Steve Chronister, whose family owns the Grandview Golf Course, called the police on them after the five wouldn't leave. He said he believed they were playing too slowly and were delaying other golfers. 

The complaints prompted hearings from the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission last year.

Thompson, a Democrat, is running against Matt Menges, a Republican, for the position opened by York County Court Judge John S. Kennedy's retirement in 2017.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.