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Former PA Governors Support Merit Selection

Four former Pennsylvania governors have come together to advocate for merit selection. Republicans Dick Thornburgh and Tom Ridge, and Democrats Ed Rendell and George Leader sent a letter to legislators and Governor Corbett last week asking lawmakers to move merit selection forward.

Philadelphia Courts Reverse Backlog in Homicide Cases

In 2012, more homicide cases in the First Judicial District were disposed (subscription required) of than new prosecutions were filed. The clearance rate for the entire year was 109 percent, up from 93 percent in 2011.

Orie Melvin Judge Wants Removal from Pennsylvania Supreme Court Addressed

In anticipation of his sentencing of suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Lester G.

Former Traffic Court Judge Pleads Guilty

Former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge Fortunato Perri, Sr. 

Ethical Questions Raised in Supreme Court Justice’s Wife’s Referral Payments

According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Lise Rapaport, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery’s wife and chief judicial aide, has received referral fees for referring clients to firms.  Since 2008, Justice McCaffery