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Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Joins Supreme Court Race as Independent

Philadelphia Common Please Judge Paul Panepinto has announced that he has collected the required number of signatures to qualify for a spot on the ballot as an independent in the race for a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Comfort Dogs Create Positive Changes in Dependency Court

Comfort dogs—animals who, unlike traditional service dogs, are trained to provide emotional support--were first used during World War II to help soldiers recover from the trauma of battle. Now, they’re being used to help children navigate a different sort of battlefield: dependency court.

Former Traffic Court Judge Sentenced to Two Years Probation

U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania sentenced former Philadelphia Traffic Court Administrative Judge Fortunato Perri to two years probation after pleading guilty in 2013 to charges related to ticket fixing and “consideration” in Philadelphia Traffic Court.

Dauphin County Magisterial District Judge Charged with Extortion

Dauphin County Magisterial District Judge Robert Jennings III was indicted last week on charges relating to his demands that constables working in his court donate to his 2009 campaign for re-election.

Former Washington County Judge Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Drugs from Evidence

Former Washington County Common Pleas Judge Paul Pozonsky was sentenced to a maximum of 23 and one half months in prison for stealing drugs submitted to his court as evidence.

Updated: Lancaster County District Judge Jayne Duncan Has Cases Reassigned Due to Criminal Investigation

District Judge Jayne Duncan, who presides over cases in Elizabethtown, Mount Joy and West Donegal townships, has had a portion of her cases reassigned by Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker on June 25.

Justice Stevens to Return to the Superior Court and Judge Allen to Retire

Interim Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Correale Stevens will return to the Pennsylvania Superior Court as a Senior Judge when his interim term ends and Superior Court Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen has announced her retirement, effective September 4.

More Editorial Boards Join the Call for Merit Selection

Several editorial boards from around Pennsylvania, including those of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Lehigh Valley Express-Times, have joined others in making the case for merit selection following the introduction of a bill to change the way we select statewide, appellate judges by State Reps. Cutler (R., Lancaster) and Dean (D., Montgomery).

Supreme Court Candidates File Their Third Campaign Finance Reports of 2015

The third round of campaign finance reports were due for candidates for Supreme Court Justice on June 18th

Merit Selection Bill Introduced in the PA House of Representatives

A bill introduced on June 15 in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives would change the way we choose statewide appellate judges from a system of expensive partisan elections to a system of merit selection.