Municipal Court: Kenneth J. Powell Jr.

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Kenneth J. Powell Jr.

Kenneth J. Powell Jr., a Grays Ferry native, is currently seated on the bench of the Philadelphia Municipal Court. His term expires Jan.12, 2012. He is runing for the Court of Common Pleas. He did not secure a Democratic nomination, so will be appearing on the Republican ticket for Municipal Court Nov. 8.

Age: 63
Native of: 28th and Dickinson streets, Grays Ferry
Reside now: Chestnut Hill
Family: Wife, Rita, and two children
Education: Bishop Neumann High School, 2600 Moore St., 1966; bachelor's degree from LaSalle College B.A., 1970; master's degree from Temple University; J.D. from Temple University School of Law


  • Has tried more than 3,000 cases as a trial lawyer since 1978
  • Served as an assistant district attorney
  • Tried cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to capital homicides as a criminal defense lawyer
  • Represented injured parties in Asbestos and other tort matters as a civil lawyer
  • Appointed to the bench by then-Gov. Edward G. Rendell in 2009
  • Volunteers at Project H.O.M.E. and as a mock trial coach at an inner-city high school 


What will you bring to the bench if elected?

Powell: I have been on the bench for almost two-and-a-half years. I am known as a fair and impartial judge. I believe that I have a sterling reputation among all lawyers who appear before me. I am not seeking a judgeship in order to enhance my salary or change my work situation. For me, this is a calling. It is a calling I have had since I began to practice law, but I would not presume to take the bench until I had more than 30 years [of] experience as a trial lawyer. At that time, even though I was employed at a major law firm, I decided to take the bench. I had done very well as a lawyer, and now I believe I should do good for the citizens of Pennsylvania. I am comfortable in my job and have no reservations about the decisions I make. I am very conversant with the law and I apply it fairly and justly.

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1. Anonymous said... on Jan 17, 2013 at 06:41PM

“After reading about Powell's verdict against cell phone videographers and the ACLU lawsuit filed yesterday, it looks like this guy is the dumbest judge on PA.”

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2. BigPoppaAZ said... on Jan 19, 2013 at 02:17PM

“This is judicial temperance?

He fought the charges in municipal court a month later, but Judge Kenneth Powell Jr. found him guilty and ordered him to perform 20 hours of community service and pay court costs.

Powell said Montgomery had invaded the officer's privacy.

"I mean, how (are) police officers going to do their jobs if they are afraid to do anything because someone is out there with a camera?" the judge told Montgomery, according to a transcript of the hearing. "Go tape people walking under the Clothespin statue if you want to get a journalism award, but not cops."

It's called the 1st Amendment, Ken.

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3. Anonymous said... on Sep 23, 2013 at 08:36PM

“Unfortunately he won both primaries. So I'll be writing in the name of the citizen whose rights he trampled, Chris Montgomery.”


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