Former Delaware County Prosecutor Sentenced

/ 20.Dec, 2012

Michael Donohue, a former Delaware County prosecutor, who was found guilty of a hit-and-run on a teenager in November 2011, has been sentenced to 4 to 8 months in prison.  Evidence at his trial included his bar tab the evening of the accident which included nine 20 ounce Guinness beers, three other beers, and other drinks (two other members of Mr. Donohue’s party each had at least one of the drinks on the bar tab).  Mr. Donohue was acquitted of aggravated assault and driving under the influence and was convicted only of leaving the scene of an accident.  Mr. Donohue did not turn himself in until several days after the accident.  The website for the disciplinary board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania does not reflect any discipline against Mr. Donohue yet imposed.  Mr. Donohue may face disciplinary action under Pennsylvania Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(b), which which states that is professional misconduct for a lawyer to commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyers honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.

-Josh J.T.  Byrne, Esquire