Jury Seated in Pennsylvania Judge’s Fraud Trial

October 23, 2008

Six men and six women have been selected as jurors in the federal fraud trial of a retired Pennsylvania appellate judge in Pittsburgh and opening statements are expected to begin.

Ex-Superior Court Judge Michael Joyce is charged with mail fraud and money laundering because federal prosecutors say he faked or exaggerated neck and back injuries following a 2001 fender bender to collect $440,000 in insurance claims.

Joyce faces prison and fines if convicted, and potentially the loss of his pension.

The jury was seated Wednesday morning and the trial is expected to last about a month.

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