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Pa. Supreme Court justice assaulted in Philly

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 20, 2016 3:21 PM
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Kevin Dougherty speaks after he was sworn in as a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Dougherty and other new members join a court that has been roiled by scandal in recent years. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Philadelphia) -- Police say a state Supreme Court justice walking toward Philadelphia's City Hall has been assaulted by a panhandler, who hit him in the face.

The judge has been taken to a hospital and treated for a possible concussion.

Labor leader John Dougherty confirms his brother, Justice Kevin Dougherty, was assaulted Friday night.

He says his brother is fine and the attack appears to be random.

An hour earlier a subway passenger had reported being attacked by a man.

Both victims identified James Paulk, who faces simple assault and reckless endangering charges.

Paulk's mother says he has been treated for schizophrenia but is "not a bad person."

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