District judge acquitted of charges she interfered with police investigation

A Harrisburg magisterial district judge who was accused of taking a prescription pill bottle from her son’s car during his arrest has been acquitted of all charges.

After a day and a half of trial, the three charges against Magisterial District Judge Sonya McKnight related to her son’s traffic stop in February 2020 didn’t even make it to the jury.

Her attorney, Brian McMonagle, asked Senior Judge Stephen B. Lieberman Tuesday morning for a judgement of acquittal, saying the attorney general’s office provided no evidence that McKnight had done anything wrong.

The judge agreed, acquitting her of charges of tampering with evidence, official oppression and obstruction of law.

When her son was pulled over, she went to the scene where police were arresting him on a warrant and drug charges.

She retrieved a pill bottle of his blood pressure medication from his car after police said she could take the car, the evidence showed.

Sonya McKnight kisses her lawyer, Brian McMonagle , after leaving the Dauphin County Courthouse acquitted on all charges.

Sonya McKnight leaves the Dauphin County Courthouse with lawyer Brian McMonagle acquitted on all charges.

Sonya McKnight leaves the Dauphin County Courthouse with lawyer Brian McMonagle acquitted on all charges.

Sonya McKnight leaves the Dauphin County Courthouse with lawyer Brian McMonagle acquitted on all charges.

Sonya McKnight leaves the Dauphin County Courthouse with lawyer Brian McMonagle acquitted on all charges.

Sonya McKnight leaves the Dauphin County Courthouse with lawyer Brian McMonagle acquitted on all charges.

Sonya McKnight leaves the Dauphin County Courthouse with lawyer Brian McMonagle acquitted on all charges.