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PMC Publishes Op-Ed Piece on Traffic Court Trial

Yesterday Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts’ own Lynn Marks and Suzanne Almeida published an op-ed piece in the Philadelphia titled “More lessons to learn from Traffic Court.”

July 28, 2014

Yesterday Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts’ own Lynn Marks and Suzanne Almeida published an op-ed piece in the Philadelphia titled “More lessons to learn from Traffic Court.”

New Anti-Nepotism Policy in Effect

Under a new anti-nepotism policy that went into effect last week, Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judges are now prevented from hiring their relatives. Employees will now be hired by a committee, including the district court administrator Claire Capristo and President Judge Jeffrey A. Manning.

July 28, 2014

Under a new anti-nepotism policy that went into effect last week, Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judges are now prevented from hiring their relatives, but those relatives currently employed may keep their jobs.

Traffic Court Defendants Not Guilty of Conspiracy or Fraud Convictions

Yesterday, after a day and a half of deliberation, the jury in the Philadelphia Traffic Court ticket-fixing trial returned a verdict. They found all defendants not guilty of fraud and conspiracy.

July 24, 2014

Yesterday, after a day and a half of deliberation, the jury in the Philadelphia Traffic Court ticket-fixing trial returned a verdict. They found all defendants not guilty of fraud and conspiracy. The four former judges who were charged with perjury or lying to federal investigators were convicted on those charges.

Cheryl Krause Unanimously Confirmed to US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Cheryl Ann Krause has been unanimously confirmed by the Senate for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. President Obama nominated Ms. Krause to the bench in February, months after Judge Dolores Sloviter and Judge Anthony Scirica both took senior status last year.

July 9, 2014

Cheryl Ann Krause has been unanimously confirmed by the Senate for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. President Obama nominated Ms. Krause to the bench in February, months after Judge Dolores Sloviter and Judge Anthony Scirica both took senior status last year. The second seat on the bench has yet to receive a nomination.

New Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct in Effect

The revised Code of Judicial Conduct adopted by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in January is now in effect. The revised Code was the result of nearly two years of work by a work group established by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as well as a committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

July 1, 2014

The revised Code of Judicial Conduct adopted by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in January is now in effect. The revised Code was the result of nearly two years of work by a work group established by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as well as a committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Senate Committee Unanimously Recommends Governor Corbett’s Judicial Nominations

On Thursday, 13 of the 14 nominations by Governor Corbett for seats on the courts of common pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court were unanimously recommended for confirmation by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

July 27, 2014

On Thursday, 13 of the 14 nominations by Governor Corbett for seats on the courts of common pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court were unanimously recommended for confirmation by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Among the 13 include seven Democrats and six Republicans, ensuring bi-partisan support from the state Senate.

Pa. Senate Rejects Major Cut to Judiciary

After a late vote on Thursday, June 26, the PA Senate amended SB 324 to remove provisions that would reduce the size of the judiciary.

June 27, 2014

After a late vote on Thursday, June 26, the PA Senate amended SB 324 to remove provisions that would reduce the size of the judiciary.

Inquirer Editorial: Court cuts would hurt

An editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer weighed in on the debate over proposed cuts to the PA Supreme Court and the Superior Court.

June 26, 2014

An editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer weighed in on the debate over proposed cuts to the PA Supreme Court and the Superior Court.

Additional Wiretapped Evidence, Testimony, and the Impact of Ticket-Fixing Presented During Traffic Court Trial

Last week additional wiretapped evidence was presented along with testimony concerning the impact fixing tickets Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.

June 25, 2014

Last Tuesday, Robert DeEmilio, a former Philadelphia Traffic Court officer, testified he now thinks his role in fixing traffic tickets was wrong. Mr. DeEmilio testified some individuals received preferential treatment based on a connection to the Traffic Court judges. According to Mr.