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District Attorney John Morganelli





State prosecutor for over 24 years; experienced courtroom prosecutor who has personally tried to verdict over 20 First Degree Murder cases including a conviction in a case in which the body of the victim was never located; argued First Degree Murder cases in both the state and federal appellate courts; testified numerous times before State House and Senate Committees as well as U.S. House of Representatives on criminal justice issues including capital punishment, insanity defense, powers of the judiciary, racial profiling, illegal immigration and violence issues; often seen on national television – has appeared on 60 Minutes, “The O’Reilly Factor”, “The Lou Dobbs Show”, Connie Chung Tonight, “Donahue”, and the Nancy Grace Show. Cases prosecuted have been the subject of documentary’s aired on HBO, A&E Network, America’s Most Wanted and the Discovery Channel. Author of “The D-Day Bank Massacre: The True Story Behind the Martin Appel case”, published by Sterling House Publishing of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



* Personally and successfully prosecuted over 20 First Degree Murder cases to verdict

* Impanelled County’s First Sitting Grand Jury in 30 years to focus on public corruption and unsolved homicides

* Established Mental Health Court to address non-violent crimes committed by the mentally ill. The program assures that mentally ill offenders who commit non-violent crimes get the help they need and are not left trapped in the criminal justice system.

* Created Cold Case Unit to track and investigate unsolved homicide cases.

* Led the Fight to Study Racial Profiling in Pennsylvania

* Restructured Office of District Attorney by creating specialized units to bring expertise to the prosecution of criminal cases; created Sexual Assault Unit and Domestic Violence unit to focus on crimes against children and women.

* Established Nuisance Bar Program to eradicate nuisance bars in neighborhoods.


Professional Experience

  • District Attorney, Northampton County, Pennsylvania 1992-present; Elected in 1991 with approximately 60% of vote in primary and general elections; defeated 3-term incumbent District Attorney; reelected in 1995,1999, 2003, 2007, 2011,2015
  • President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute 2002-2003; President of Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association 1999-2000; served as Vice-President and Secretary Treasurer of Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and Member of the Executive Board 1995-2003.
  • Instructor of Criminal Law Evidence and Constitutional Law, part-time, Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 1982-1984; 2003-present.
  • Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania Attorney General, 2008.
  • Appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Committee on Capital Litigation, 2003.
  • Testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Sub-committee on Immigration matters, 2003.
  • Appointed Special Deputy Attorney General 1996-1997 by Attorney General investigating matters in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.
  • Appointed to Attorney General’s Transition Team, 1996; served as Chairman of Drug Law Committee and wrote final report of Committee.
  • Appointed by Governor Tom Ridge to Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency 1995; Chairman of Technology and Automation Committee 1996-1998.
  • Appointed by Governor Tom Ridge to Governor’s Transition Team 1995; served on Governor’s Crime Task Force and Corrections, Probation and Parole Task Force.
  • Represented Lehigh Valley at White House Briefing on President Clinton’s Crime Bill 1994.
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association; Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee 1994-1996.
  • Lecturer at Pennsylvania Bar Association Statewide Criminal Law Symposium 1999, 2001.
  • Solicitor to Bethlehem City Council 1986-1991.
  • Served as special counsel to City of Easton investigating alleged Ethics Act Violation 1989.
  • Assistant Public Defender, Northampton County 1982-1986.
  • Assistant City Solicitor, City of Bethlehem 1981-1982.
  • Served as Independent Special Counsel investigating alleged police misconduct, Moore Township, Pennsylvania.
  • Served as Solicitor of Northampton County Constables Association.
  • Trial attorney, private practice of law, civil and criminal practice 1980-1996.



  • Juris Doctor: May 1980, Villanova School of Law
    • Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085
    • Class Rank: 31/196
    • Moot Court Board Member – Selection based on outstanding academic achievement at end of first year.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science: May 1977
    • Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
    • Class rank: 5/305
    • Summa Cum Laude Graduate
    • Final cumulative quality point average 3.90
    • Perfect 4.00 average in major field of study



Legal Associations

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  •  Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  •  Federal District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Northampton County Court of Common Pleas
  • Northampton County Bar Association
  • National District Attorneys Association
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, past member
  • Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, past member


Renald Baratta Memorial Legal Award, 2013 Roseto UNICO

Social Security Administration, Philadelphia Regional Anti-Fraud Award for prosecuting Identity Theft cases, 2003.

Bethlehem UNICO Man of the Year 2003

Easton UNICO Man of the Year 1998

  • Bethlehem Area Jaycee Distinguished Service Award 1994
  • Outstanding Young Man of the Year 1983
  • Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities 1976-1977
  • Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society 1976
  • Triangle Honor Society, Moravian College 1976
  • Citizenship-Leadership Award from Veterans of Foreign Wars 1973
  • History Award from Daughters of the American Revolution 1973
  • John F. Kennedy Award for Leadership in Student Government 1973

Community Involvement
  • Notre Dame High School, Middle States Evaluation Committee 2005-2006
  • Allentown Catholic Diocese Board of Education 1996-1998
  • Bethlehem Northeast Little League, Assistant Coach, 4 years
  • St. Anne’s Church Finance Council 1995-1998
  • Bethlehem School District Task Force on violence in the schools 1993
  • Board of Directors, Bethlehem Y.M.C.A. 1989-1991
  • Easton Area School District Task Force on school safety 1995
  • Bethlehem Area Jaycees – past member
  • Moravian College Alumni Association – past member
  • Boy’s Club of Bethlehem Fundraising Project 1984
  • South East Neighborhood Association, Board member
  • Born November 12, 1955
  • Married, 1981 to former Diana Goretti
  • 3 children