PA high court opening follows justice's departure

Written by The Associated Press | May 1, 2013 4:14 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court officially has an empty seat now that Joan Orie Melvin's resignation is taking effect.

Today is the day on which Melvin told Governor Corbett she would resign following her conviction in February on corruption charges.

Melvin, who had been suspended from the state's highest court since August, is scheduled to be sentenced next Tuesday and says she plans to appeal the verdict against her.

There's been no word from the governor as to when he'll nominate a replacement or who it will be. Any nominee must win a two-thirds majority confirmation vote in the state Senate.

Court officials say a replacement justice would serve until voters elect a new justice to a 10-year term in the next election in an odd-numbered year, likely to be 2015.

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