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.
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.
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
Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, and Senator Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/York are leading efforts to institute veterans courts in all Pennsylvania counties.
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.
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.
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.
Last Thursday, prosecutors presented additional wiretap evidence in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial involving ticket-fixing and favoritism.