John Macoretta

Member since: Friday, 10 February 2017
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Common Pleas
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5th Ward, 22nd Ward, 27th Ward, 30th Ward
FOP Lodge 113, Teamsters Local 830
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Governor Ed Rendell
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What has been the general nature of your practice?
My career has mostly been in civil litigation. I represent individuals and small businesses suing large corporations in class action antitrust and fraud cases. At the moment many of my cases involve suits against pharmaceutical companies for overcharging for prescription drugs. Throughout my career I have consistently been involved in pro bono work. for the past several years I have been representing Philadelphia homeowners facing foreclosure.
Why do you consider yourself qualified to be judge?
I have been practicing law and advocating for clients for over 26 years in every court in Philadelphia and in courts across America. I have lived and worked all over Philadelphia, from the far Northeast to Germantown, to Center City to the Navy Yard. I also have extensive experience working with young people as a father, coach and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout troop 474. My legal experience, combined with my knowledge and love of our city, along with my understanding of the problems facing our youth, give me the tools to be a very effective judge.
What is it about our criminal justice system that inspires you?
I recognize that every day thousands of Philadelphians in the justice system; judges, lawyers, police officers, counselors, victims, and even some defendants, are working hard to do the right thing and to get a fair result. Most people want to see justice done. That commitment is inspiring.
What about our current criminal justice system do you believe needs to be reformed?
We seem to have alot of people in prison and not enough counseling and rehab opportunities to divert young people off the path of being career criminals. And of course we need a District Attorney and judges that Philadelphians can have confidence in.
As a judge, what would your sentencing philosophy be?
Each case is unique and each defendant has his/her own story and past history, all of which must be considered. There should not be a "one size fits all" approach to sentencing.
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night thinking about a case and wishing you had handled something differently? If so, please describe one situation.
I do occasionally wake up in the middle of the night thinking about cases and clients. However it is always with thoughts of what needs to be done, or new ideas for strategy.
Who are your role models and why?
My first two jury trials were before Judge Charlie Mirarchi in Common Pleas Court and Judge Raymond Broderick in federal court. Both men were good judges, for different reasons. I admired Judge Mirarchi's demeanor in the courtroom and his respect for the lawyers and the parties. I also admired Judge Broderick's control of his courtroom, his grasp of the issues and his direct, but courteous rapport with counsel.
What is your favorite book, movie, or tv show of all time and why did it speak to you so much?
I watched Raiders of the Lost Ark five times at the movie theater, so that has to be my all time favorite. My most important legal movie is The Verdict. I love the way it shows how a man can be redeemed by fighting for and obtaining justice.
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