Attorney Lou Busico speaks with WBCB 1490 one day after the sentencing of former district Judge John Waltman.
A corrupt Lower Southampton Judge has been sentenced to 6.5 years in federal prison after a hearing Monday in Philadelphia federal court. Judge John Waltman was found guilty of numerous crimes including money laundering and accepting bribes.
Waltman’s attorney Louis R. Busico spoke with WBCB 1490 in an interview Tuesday morning once the dust had settled. Busico, who has his office in Newtown, talked about his experience working with Waltman, and how it compared to his other 27 years as a lawyer.
“My job is to represent people when they’re accused of large crimes, federal crimes, state crimes no matter how overwhelming or de minimis the evidence may seem,” Busico said. “I wasn’t forced to represent John Waltman. I chose to represent John Waltman and would choose to do so again.”
Waltman’s indictment, conviction, and sentencing has reverberated throughout the community. The Lower Southampton Township district court simply ceased to exist on Aug. 25, 2017, less than a year after Waltman was initially indicted.
“I want to apologize to the citizens of Bucks County and the citizens of Lower Southampton Township,” Waltman told the court Monday, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I’ve completely betrayed your trust, and you deserved much, much better.”
Busico explained his perspective in “battling” prosecutors in federal court. He and Waltman faced a mountain of evidence collected by the FBI, IRS, and the U.S. Department of Homeland security.
“It’s always an experience to the extent that you are fighting, figuratively, the best of the best,” Busico said. “There’s a reason they’re called federal cases. The investigations take longer, the money spent on investigations is greater you have multiple agencies.”
The full interview gives an inside look into Busico’s mindset looking back on the trial, and is available above.