Stevens approved for state Supreme Court vacancy

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 1, 2013 3:40 AM


(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's Supreme Court is back up to full strength following unanimous confirmation in the state Senate of Correale Stevens as the newest justice. 

The Senate voted Sunday to put Stevens on the bench.

He's a former state lawmaker who most recently has been president judge of Superior Court, a state appeals court.

He's taking the seat held most recently by Joan Orie Melvin.

She resigned following her conviction on public corruption charges.

Stevens is a Republican, and his confirmation returns the court to a 4-to-3 GOP majority.

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