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A Letter to the Editor in the Inquirer

A Letter to the Editor by Lynn Marks of PMC was printed in this Sunday's Inquirer. The content of the letter can be found below:

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Saylor to Become PA Supreme Court’s Next Chief Justice

Justice Thomas G. Saylor will be sworn in as Pennsylvania’s newest chief justice after serving seventeen years on the Supreme Court. Justice Saylor will be taking over the role as a result of his senior status on the court and in the wake of Justice Castille’s retirement.

Judicial Conduct Board Files Charges against Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Sullivan

The Judicial Conduct Board (JCB) filed formal misconduct charges on Monday against Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Michael J. Sullivan. The Complaint alleges that Judge Sullivan violated the Pennsylvania Constitution and the Rules Governing Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Judges with regard to his involvement in the ticket-fixing scandal that occurred in Philadelphia Traffic Court.

Report Finds McCaffery was only Justice to Send Improper Emails

A review of approximately 4,000 emails sent or received from 2008 to 2012 between Pennsylvania Supreme Court members and the Attorney General’s Office revealed that there were no improper emails aside from those sent by former Justice Seamus McCaffery. The report was issued by Robert L. Byer, a partner at Duane Morris.

Former Traffic Court Judge Tynes Receives Another Prison Sentence

Former Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes received a sentence of 11-and-a-half to 23 months in prison for accepting a Tiffany bracelet from an undercover informant posing as a lobbyist in exchange for the award of lucrative court contracts.

William Hird, Ex-Traffic Court Official, Receives Two-Year Prison Sentence

William Hird, the former director of records of Philadelphia Traffic Court, was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Monday. The sentence includes one year of supervised release and a $5,000 fine. Hird previously pleaded guilty in January to 18 counts against him, including conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, and lying to the FBI.

Judge John W. Herron to Leave his Post as Administrative Judge

Court of Common Pleas Judge John W. Herron has reached the mandatory age of retirement and will be leaving his post as Administrative Judge in Philadelphia. He will soon serve as a senior judge in Philadelphia’s Orphans’ Court. Judge Herron took the bench as Administrative Judge of the trial division in 2011, and he says is proud of what he was able to accomplish during that time.

Justice Debra Todd Elected to the American Law Institute

Justice Debra Todd of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI). The ALI is a prestigious organization comprised of judges, lawyers, and law professors from across the world. The objective of the ALI is to produce scholarly material that is intended to advance the law.

Judge Lerner Receives Bar Association’s Brennan Award

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner received the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award this past Tuesday at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s annual meeting. The Brennan award is given to judges who “adhere to the highest ideals of judicial service.”

Joseph Leeson Confirmed to the Eastern District

Joseph Leeson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to join the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday. Leeson is the fourth and final judge to be confirmed to the Eastern District from the nominees that were presented in June. Leeson, from Bethlehem, PA, has been a partner at Leeson & Leeson since 1980.