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Castille: Governor or PA Supreme Court could pick Melvin successor

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 25, 2013 2:10 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- It's not clear who'll choose a successor to Justice Joan Orie Melvin now that she's said she'll step down from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Governor Corbett could nominate a candidate to replace Melvin, who said in a letter released today her resignation takes effect May 1. Such an appointment would be reviewed by the state Senate and require confirmation by two-thirds of the 50 senators.

Chief Justice Ronald Castille says another option is for the other six justices on the court to appoint an interim justice to fill the seat until voters elect someone to a full 10-year term. Castille says that won't occur until the 2015 election.

Melvin is due to be sentenced May 7 after being convicted of using public employees to aid her political campaigns.

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  • Brad Kirsch img 2013-03-26 11:03

    I would really prefer the Supreme court make this choice as the present Governor is already tarnished and we should start to get away from a dictatorial perception about how our courts have operated.

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