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Orie Melvin Case Continues to Highlight Problems Caused by Judicial Elections

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Two Hearings on Justice Orie Melvin

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Court of Judicial Discipline held a hearing yesterday on whether suspended Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin should continue to be paid during her suspension.  Her attorney argued that an unpaid suspension would set ne

Judge Leadbetter on the Judicial Election Process

Former Commonwealth Court President Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter recently answered ten questions in the Philadelphia Bar Association’s quarterly publication, the Philadelphia Lawyer.  She was asked, “As a judge who was first appointed and then elected and retained to Commonwealth Court, do you believe that Pennsylvania should continue to elect judges?”&n