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Former Pennsylvania chief justice wants to be fed prosecutor

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 22, 2016 11:27 AM
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Justices of the The Pennsylvania Supreme Court pose for photographs, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Philadelphia's historic Old City Hall, where the U.S. Supreme Court held court from 1791 to 1800.

(Philadelphia) -- Pennsylvania's retired Supreme Court chief justice, Ronald Castille, wants to be the next federal prosecutor in Philadelphia.

Castille's decision was first reported by the Legal Intelligencer.

Castille, who is 72, says he's not ready for retirement and hopes to replace U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger, assuming he resigns under President-elect Donald Trump.

Pennsylvania's two other U.S. Attorneys, Peter Smith in Harrisburg and David Hickton in Pittsburgh have announced their resignations.

It's common for U.S. Attorneys appointed by a president from one political party to resign or be replaced by when the opposing party's presidential candidate is elected. Memeger, like Hickton and Smith, were appointed by President Barack Obama.

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