SUNBURY – A Shamokin man, who ran for mayor in 2017 unsuccessfully, is charged after allegedly recording court proceedings. Northumberland County DA Tony Matulewicz tells us criminal charges were filed against Joseph Leschinskie. The DA says he was present for a summary appeal hearing before Judge Paige Rosini.
Following the hearing, a state trooper and several Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office deputies learned Leschinskie had surreptitiously recorded the proceedings. Leschinskie was seen standing at the second floor elevator, allegedly telling officers “the Superior Court will like this,” and then played a recording of the trooper’s testimony.
Deputies then tried confiscating the phone, but Leschinskie refused to turn it over until several officers intervened. Officers then were able to take the phone. After being brought back in the court room, Leschinskie did admit to recording the proceeding.
He’s charged with several misdemeanor offenses, including obstructing administration of law or governmental function. Charges were filed at District Judge Mike Toomey’s office.