Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, convicted last year on public corruption charges, has dropped the appeal of her sentence and submitted a draft of the apology letter she is required to send to judges in the state as part of that sentence.
Embattled Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery has announced his intention to retire, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Justice McCaffery reportedly informed friends and family this morning and sent a letter to Governor Corbett announcing his intention to retire.
We commend the Supreme Court for taking swift action in turning the case over to the JCB, the constitutionally created body that deals with judicial discipline in Pennsylvania. Judges have the duty to uphold the sanctity, dignity and impartiality of the office and to avoid conduct that creates the appearance of impropriety.
Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has urged his colleagues on the Court to take action against fellow Justice Seamus P. McCaffery for sending sexually explicit e-mails from a personal e-mail account to a state government account.
The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board (JCB) will investigate a complaint that Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery potentially violated ethics rules for sending pornographic e-mails to a state employee from his personal e-mail address.
The Philadelphia Courts announced today that a new jury assembly room has been opened in Room 195 City Hall. Administrative Judge John W. Herron said: "This facility will accommodate 300 jurors daily beginning October 8,2014 and permit the court for the first time to separate persons for civil trials from those selected for criminal jury trials.
In a press conference, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille announced that Pennsylvania has reduced its backlog of civil cases 19% in the past two years.
On Wednesday, September 23, 2014, Judge Joseph C.