Karson

Karson

HARRISBURG – In an order issued Thursday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board disbarred former Mercer County District Attorney Miles K. Karson Jr.

The order, which goes into effect June 19, strips Karson of his ability practice law, but he may apply for readmission to the state bar in five years.

Karson, 73, of Sharon, was found guilty in January of abusing the power of his office and interfering in the carriage of justice in connection with several incidents involving former Mercer County resident Tonya Bulboff, a woman prosecutors characterized as his love interest.

Karson resigned as district attorney Feb. 1 and attorney Peter C. Acker was appointed as his replacement.

The state Attorney General’s office charged Karson in October 2017 following the findings of a statewide investigating grand jury. He was charged with 11 total counts of obstruction of justice and official oppression made it to the jury. Karson was found not guilty on one count of obstruction.

Venango County Common Pleas senior Judge H. William White sentenced Karson March 20 to four years probation, 300 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine.

The sentence broke down into five counts of obstructing the administration of justice, for which Karson received two years’ probation to be served concurrently and 30 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine for each count. For the five counts of official oppression, Karson received two years’ probation to be served concurrently and 30 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine for each count.

The separate sentences for obstructing justice and official oppression are to be served concurrently, with consideration for early release from the sentence with good behavior.

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