McKean Judge To Take Over Pa. Justice's Defamation Case

By Kelly Knaub (April 17, 2014, 6:09 PM EDT) -- McKean County Court of Common Pleas Judge John M. Cleland was appointed Wednesday to preside over a libel suit brought by state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery and his wife, five days after the co-owners of Philadelphia's two major newspapers won a bid to recuse the entire Philadelphia bench.

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts recommended the senior judge, who was ultimately approved by Supreme Court Justice Thomas G. Saylor, according to court spokesman Art Heinz.

Judge Cleland most notably has presided over the Jerry Sandusky case and sentenced the former Penn State assistant football coach to 30 to 60 years...

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