Mandatory retirement age for Pa. judges upheld

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 30, 2014 5:42 AM
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(Uniontown) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling dismissing a challenge to Pennsylvania's mandatory retirement age for judges.

Four state judges from Philadelphia, Northampton and Fayette counties had challenged the provision that jurists must step down at the age of 70.

The Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cited earlier rulings in rejecting the challenge.

A federal judge who earlier dismissed the challenge notes there was irony in the fact federal judges are appointed for life, while Pennsylvania judges must abide by the state's set retirement age.

Two sets of judges earlier argued the issue in state and federal court last year.

Last summer, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed the state court suit.

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