Pa. Gov. Backs Retirement Age Disputed In Judges' Bias Suit

Law360, Philadelphia (March 8, 2013, 4:39 PM EST) -- Pennsylvania officials, including Gov. Tom Corbett, have fired back at a federal lawsuit challenging a provision of the state’s constitution requiring judges to retire upon reaching the age of 70 on equal protection and due process grounds, arguing that courts had found the mandate served a rational and legally acceptable purpose.

In a brief filed in U.S. District Court on March 4, Gov. Corbett argued that the provision should be allowed to stand, pointing to the Third Circuit’s 1980 decision in Malmed v. Thornburgh — a...
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