New Pennsylvania Supreme Court Member Takes Oath

The Associated Press reports that Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty has become the newest member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Dougherty was the top vote-getter in an election that saw the highest amount of spending in a state supreme court race in U.S history. Later this week the other two new justices, David Wecht and Christine […]

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Election in Media Glare

A high-stakes election for three seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, coming at the same time a sitting justice appears involved in an email scandal, is getting daily news media attention. “Three open seats, history, on Pa. Supreme Court,” reported ABC27 News. “Wrongdoing plus retirement equals history for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court,” it said about […]

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Change in Store for Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Change is on the docket for Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court in 2015, as voters decide who will fill the three seats in question, and possibly raise the mandatory retirement age for judges. After three judges retired last year – two in scandal and one as a retiree – then Governor Corbett nominated Justice Correale Stevens to […]

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Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Drops Appeal

Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin has dropped her appeal and has begun serving her sentence, according to an article by the Associated Press. Her sentence on public corruption charges includes sending apology letters to other state judges and three years of house arrest. (For more background see Gavel Grab.) Melvin has submitted drafted […]

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Time of Uncertainty for Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The sudden retirement this week of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, who was dragged down by a pornographic email scandal, and the upcoming age-required retirement of Chief Justice Ronald Castille will create two openings on the court to be filled temporarily by gubernatorial appointment. All told, three open seats on the seven-member court will be up […]

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