Former judge’s PI fraud trial starts today

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth over jury selection, the federal criminal trial of former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Michael Joyce gets under way in earnest today with opening statements and presentation of evidence. Joyce is charged with two counts of mail fraud and six counts of money laundering, all felonies, arising from his collecting $440,000 from two auto insurers for injuries he allegedly sustained in a low impact rear end motor vehicle collision.

I previously discussed the case here. Still unaddressed and uninvestigated is the question that absolutely screams for an answer: why did a couple of hardball motor vehicle insurers like State Farm and Erie cough up almost half a million dollars in record time on an injury claim that was virtually undocumented? Probable answer: the insurance companies were bribing someone who at the time was in a position to do them huge favors in future cases. We’ll never know for sure, though, because the powers that be aren’t interested in answering a question that could make the insurance industry look as bad as it actually is.

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