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Luzerne County Youth Aid Panelists Sworn in

Seventeen new panelists were sworn in to Luzerne County’s Youth Aid Panel program this week, which was designed to divert first-time juvenile offenders charged with minor crimes.

Former Washington County Judge Pleaded Guilty to Stealing Cocaine Evidence

On Friday former Washington County Common Pleas Judge Paul Pozonsky admitted to stealing cocaine evidence, pleading guilty to three misdemeanor charges. Pozonsky, 59, pleaded guilty to theft, obstruction of administration of law, and misapplication of entrusted property. Senior Common Pleas Judge Daniel Howsare of Bedford County will sentence Pozonsky on July 13.

PA Courts Want More State Money Than Wolf's Budget Allots

On Wednesday, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released the proposed 2015-16 budget for the Unified Judicial System, requesting $347.4 million in state funds to contribute to its total budget of about $460 million. Governor Tom Wolf has allocated $317.4 million to the courts, the amount granted in the last two budgets.

Ballot Position for Judicial Candidates Determined in Drawing

Ballot position for the twelve Pennsylvania Supreme Court candidates in the upcoming primary was determined yesterday in a random drawing. Many political observes said that ballot position can have an impact on the outcome of elections, because voters who are unfamiliar with multiple candidates will be more likely to select names from the top of the list.

Superior Court Candidate says he will not Accept Campaign Donations in Primary

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Robert J. Colville announced this week that he will not accept contributions for his Democratic primary election campaign for Superior Court.

Northampton Judge Challenges Ban on Judges in Business

Northampton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Craig A. Dally is arguing that a judicial conduct rule that will require him to resign from two financial boards by July 1, 2015 violates his constitutional rights.  The state Supreme Court rejected his initial application for relief but granted him leave to file a supplemental application for relief.

Inquirer Reports Justice McCaffery had Role in Referral Fees

The Inquirer published an article this weekend discussing documents they obtained that allegedly reveal that former Justice Seamus McCaffery was involved in referring cases to various law firms for which his wife and judicial aide, Lise Rapaport, received referral fees. According to the article, Rapaport was paid a total of $1.2 million in referral fees for about 15 referrals since 2003.

AOPC: PA Criminal Case Data Now Interactive and Available Online

From any computer with an internet connection members of the public can now view interactive criminal caseload data for each county in Pennsylvania. The new "dashboards", interactive web based data analysis tools, provide a detailed look at statewide criminal caseloads organizing each county’s criminal case activity over the course of a calendar year.

12 Candidates Seek 3 Open PA Supreme Court Seats

Twelve candidates are lined up to compete in the May 19th primary to fill one of the three open spots on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The deadline to file nominating petitions with the Department of State was yesterday.