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Orie Melvin Case Continues to Highlight Problems Caused by Judicial Elections

The Orie Melvin case continues to highlight the problems that result from electing judges.

August 21, 2012

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Discipline Procedures Different for Lawyers and Judges

An article in the Harrisburg Patriot-News discusses discrepancies between the handling of disciplinary charges brought against judges and lawyers in Pennsylvania.

August 15, 2012

Two Hearings on Justice Orie Melvin

Yesterday, there were two hearings involving the case of suspended Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

August 15, 2012

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Court of Judicial Discipline held a hearing yesterday on whether suspended Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin should continue to be paid during her suspension.  Her attorney argued that an unpaid suspension would set ne

State Supreme Court Downsized

“Could the possibly illegal actions of one person 10 years ago have an impact on how many people get to vote in November's election?” This is the question posed by a Philadelphia Daily News article considering the repercussions of state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s suspension from the court.

August 14, 2012

Further Cuts to Court Budget Possible

Funding for the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the First Judicial District, and the District Attorney’s Office may be on the chopping block if Philadelphia is forced to make further cuts in order to balance the budget.

August 10, 2012

Jury Commissioners Appeal to Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania State Association of Jury Commissioners has appealed the decision of the Commonwealth Court granting counties the right to abolish the elected jury commissioner positions.

August 9, 2012

Attorneys Seeking Separate Trials for Orie Sisters

Attorneys for suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin are seeking separate trials for the justice and her sister, Janine Orie.

August 9, 2012

Judge Leadbetter on the Judicial Election Process

Former Commonwealth Court President Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter recently expressed her support for the appointive process in the Philadelphia Bar Association’s quarterly publication, the Philadelphia Lawyer.

August 7, 2012

Former Commonwealth Court President Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter recently answered ten questions in the Philadelphia Bar Association’s quarterly publication, the Philadelphia Lawyer.  She was asked, “As a judge who was first appointed and then elected and retained to Commonwealth Court, do you believe that Pennsylvania should continue to elect judges?”&n

Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania Issues 2011 Annual Report

On August 6, the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania issued its 2011 Annual Report. The Board received 711 complaints during 2011.

August 7, 2012

PCN to Broadcast Redistricting Arguments

An August 6 media advisory from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announced that the Pennsylvania Cable Network will televise the oral arguments on the state’s redistricting plan.

August 6, 2012

An August 6 media advisory from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announced that the Pennsylvania Cable Network will televise the oral arguments on the state’s redistricting plan. The proceedings will be broadcast live. The hearing starts at 9:30 a.m.