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Former MDJ Charged With Perjury by AG

On September 11, 2014, Judge Dwight K. Shaner, a magisterial district judge in Fayette County, PA from 1986 to 2013, was charged with perjury, a third degree felony, and obstruction of law or other governmental function, a second degree misdemeanor. Judge Shaner retired at the end of 2013 in compliance with the mandatory judicial retirement provisions of the Pennsylvania constitution.

September 12, 2014

Former MDJ Charged with Perjury by AG

CAP Program in Lower Bucks County Provides Alternative to Court

A Community Accountability Program, which helps low-level, nonviolent offenders avoid a criminal record has successfully launched in Bucks County. It utilizes alternative forms of prosecution as means for these first time, low-level offenders to atone for their offenses. The program consists a panels of local volunteers to hear cases and recommend sanctions.

September 10, 2014

A Community Accountability Program(CAP) has successfully launched in Bucks County (Quakertown and Richland, Pa) and is expanding throughout Lower Bucks County.

Veterans’ Diversionary Court Now Offered in Fayette County

Fayette County is now offering a Diversionary Program for veterans accused of minor criminal offenses. Through the voluntary program, eligible veterans are placed into six-month programs such as substance abuse treatment or behavioral health counseling. Upon completion of the program, the criminal charges will be dismissed.

September 5, 2014

Fayette County is now offering a Diversionary Program for veterans accused of minor criminal offenses. Through the voluntary program, eligible veterans are placed into six-month programs such as substance abuse treatment or behavioral health counseling.

Orie Melvin's Conviction Upheld

On Thursday, The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld Orie Melvin’s conviction on six criminal counts and amended the sentenced imposed by Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus. Orie Melvin will be required to serve three years of house arrest, volunteer in a soup kitchen, pay a $55,000 fine, and write apology notes to every Pennsylvania judge.

August 25, 2014

On Thursday, The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld Orie Melvin’s conviction on six criminal counts and amended the sentenced imposed by Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus.

Judicial Vacancies in York County Puts Pressure On Current 4 Seated Judges

The vacancies on the York County Court of Common Pleas are making it difficult for the court to keep up with its growing caseload.

August 18, 2014

The vacancies on the York County Court of Common Pleas are making it difficult for the court to keep up with its growing caseload.There are currently 3 judicial vacancies. Two vacancies resulted from the retirements of Judge Sheyl Ann Dorney last year and Judge Penny L. Blackwell on January 6.

Citzen's United Comes to Pennsylvania; Threatens Our Courts

US District Judge William Caldwell of the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a memorandum opinion and order bringing the Pennsylvania Election Code in line with the holding in Citizens' United v. Federal Election Commission.

August 14, 2014

US District Judge William Caldwell of the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a memorandum opinion and order bringing the Pennsylvania Election Code in line with the holding in Citizens' United v. Federal Election Commission.

PMC Letter to the Editor (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

PMC published a letter to the editor in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review arguing that the problems with money in judicial elections cannot be fixed through the Code of Judicial Conduct.

August 13, 2014

PMC published a letter to the editor in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review arguing that the problems with money in judicial elections cannot be fixed through the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Remembering Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen

On Monday,former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen passed away at age 79 from lung cancer. He will probably be most remembered as the only Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice ever to be impeached. But his legacy as a thoughtful jurist should not be forgotten.

August 13, 2014

On Monday, former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen passed away at age 79 from lung cancer. He will probably be most remembered as the only Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice ever to be impeached.

New Law Helps Modernize and Save on Court Record Keeping

As a modern alternative method of storing and preserving court records, a new law provides Pennsylvania counties with the option to store records electronically. The electronic storage method could save significant tax dollars. The act was passed as an amendment to a House bill which was signed into law last month, and will take effect Friday.

August 6, 2014

As a modern alternative method of storing and preserving court records, a new law provides Pennsylvania counties with the option to store records electronically. The electronic storage method could save significant tax dollars. The act was passed as an amendment to a House bill which was signed into law last month, and will take effect Friday.

New rules in PA advise judges when to step aside

The revised Code of Judicial Conduct, which went into effect July 1, requires Pennsylvania judges to step aside when hearing cases involving campaign donors who have made a donation of an amount that "would raise reasonable concern" about impartiality and fairness. However, the Code does not require disqualification or recusal where the contributions have come from a political action committee.

August 4, 2014

The revised Code of Judicial Conduct, which went into effect July 1, requires Pennsylvania judges to step aside when hearing cases involving campaign donors who have made a donation of an amount that "would raise reasonable concern" about impartiality and fairness. However, the Code does not require disqualification or recusal where the contributions have come from a political action committee.