Bucks County Deputy District Legal professional Stephen B. Harris has retired soon after 52 many years serving the workplace.
Harris, a Harvard Regulation College graduate, was employed by the workplace in August 1968 and served under eight district lawyers in advance of retiring in August. He worked as a demo legal professional, the 1st assistant district attorney, and then as the office’s appellate advocate for 30 a long time. In his modern role, he argued on behalf of the district attorney’s office in state and federal appellate courts.
“It was a incredibly rewarding knowledge,” Harris claimed for the duration of a tiny ceremony at the Justice Centre on Tuesday afternoon.
Harris was presented a plaque for his five many years of company and gifted sure copies of a hugely-regarded 1992 appeals court final decision pursuing his argument that convinced a panel of judges to reverse their before final decision and affirm the conviction of George Geschwendt, who killed six men and women in the 1976 Abt family mass murder in Bensalem.
“It was just time for me to say au revoir,” Harris claimed. “You have, now, a wonderful appellate team and they ought to be provided the possibility that I had to go down there and argue these circumstances in the Remarkable Court, argue these scenarios in the Supreme Court docket.”
“It was a terrific honor. I really enjoyed the time that I served, and I thank each and every one particular of you for the assistance that you’ve presented me.”
District Legal professional Matt Weintraub spoke together with Deputy District Attorney Jill Graziano, the office’s Main of Appeals previous Chief of Appeals Karen Diaz and Doris Bowen, a paralegal and authorized secretary who worked together with Harris for extra than a few many years.
“You have been a revered institution, not just for your understanding but for your grace, your intellect, your professionalism and just your command of the condition,” Weintraub explained. “I know when you stroll into a Excellent Court docket or Supreme Courtroom, it is “Hey Mr. Harris, like it’s an previous mate.
“We are in no way going to recapture that because 52 years is a extensive time to get paid that stature,” Weintraub said. “What I’m hopeful for is that we can honor your legacy and make you very pleased and go on the fantastic appellate tradition that you have bestowed upon us.”
Harris mentioned he is familiar with the appeals division is in very good arms as he retires.
Harris will carry on to run his civil law follow.
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