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Senate Committee Unanimously Recommends Governor Corbett’s Judicial Nominations

On Thursday, 13 of the 14 nominations by Governor Corbett for seats on the courts of common pleas and Philadelphia Municipal Court were unanimously recommended for confirmation by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Among the 13 include seven Democrats and six Republicans, ensuring bi-partisan support from the state Senate.

Pa. Senate Rejects Major Cut to Judiciary

After a late vote on Thursday, June 26, the PA Senate amended SB 324 to remove provisions that would reduce the size of the judiciary.

Inquirer Editorial: Court cuts would hurt

An editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer weighed in on the debate over proposed cuts to the PA Supreme Court and the Superior Court.

Additional Wiretapped Evidence, Testimony, and the Impact of Ticket-Fixing Presented During Traffic Court Trial

Last Tuesday, Robert DeEmilio, a former Philadelphia Traffic Court officer, testified he now thinks his role in fixing traffic tickets was wrong. Mr. DeEmilio testified some individuals received preferential treatment based on a connection to the Traffic Court judges. According to Mr.

Plan For Statewide Veterans Courts Met With Some Skepticism

Plan For Statewide Veterans Courts Met With Some Skepticism

Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, and Senator Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/York are leading efforts to institute veterans courts in all Pennsylvania counties.

Defense in Traffic Court Trial Argues Investigation was too Narrow

Trial resumed Monday for the former Traffic Court judges accused of offenses related to ticket-fixing and favoritism in Philadelphia.

President Obama Nominates Four Area Attorneys to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

On Friday, President Obama nominated Wendy Beetlestone, Mark Kearney, Joseph Leeson, and Gerald Pappert to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania bench. The four nominees will fill four out of the five currently vacant seats.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Begins New Mentor Program for Recent Offenders

In April, the Court of Common Pleas started an initiative to diminish recidivism called MENTOR (Mentors Empowering Now to Overcome Recidivism). The program, started by Common Pleas Judge Michael Erdos, hopes to keep offenders from offending again by matching them with civilian volunteers who serve as mentors.

National Constitution Center Hosts Panel on a Judge’s Perspective of Maintaining a Fair Judiciary

On Monday, the National Constitution Center hosted a panel of judges entitled “A Judge’s Perspective on Current Threats to a Fair and Impartial Judiciary.” The panel included District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby who is the president of the National Association of Women Judges, Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J.

Additional Wiretap Evidence Presented at Traffic Court Ticket-Fixing Trial

Last Thursday, prosecutors presented additional wiretap evidence in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial involving ticket-fixing and favoritism.