HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A magisterial district judge in Harrisburg accused of having pressured police at the scene of her son’s arrest at a traffic stop now faces ethics charges.

The filing Monday by the Judicial Conduct Board seeks to have District Judge Sonya McKnight suspended without pay.

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McKnight was charged in December by the attorney general’s office with using her status as a judge to interfere with the arrest of her son in February 2020.

The 54-year-old McKnight is due in court Feb. 19 for a preliminary hearing in the criminal case.

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She’s accused of evidence tampering, obstruction and official oppression.

A message seeking comment was left with her attorney.

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