One day before former President Judge Thomas Kistler was scheduled to appear before a judge to ask for an early termination of his rehab program, he violated that same program, according to a court document.
He was sentenced to 12 months in an accelerated rehabilitative disposition program in January because of a 2017 DUI. Then Kistler — who hopes to be appointed as a senior judge — filed a motion asking for an early termination of his ARD program on Aug. 3 because he can’t apply for senior judge status with pending criminal charges.
A hearing took place on Sept. 14, which is when Kistler’s attorney William Fleming told Judge Joseph Madenspacher he was withdrawing the motion.
No reason was given at the time, but a court document filed by First Assistant District Attorney Mark Smith on Tuesday said Kistler violated the program by consuming one beer at the Red Horse Tavern on Sept. 13.
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Kistler admitted the violation to his probation officer on Monday and Smith petitioned Madenspacher to revoke Kistler’s ARD program one day later.