Pa. Justice's Conviction Renews Calls For Appointed Judges

Law360, Philadelphia (February 22, 2013, 6:27 PM EST) -- While the conviction of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin on corruption charges has prompted renewed calls for an end to the state’s system of electing appellate judges, attorneys told Law360 on Friday that instituting a merit selection process remains a heavy lift for reformers.

Thursday’s verdict finding Justice Melvin guilty on charges that she misappropriated state resources by ordering her judicial staff to work on her 2003 and 2009 Supreme Court campaigns drew swift reaction from the state bar association, lawmakers, and reformers looking...
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