Judicial Retirement Age Flouts Basic Rights, Pa. Justices Hear

Law360, Harrisburg (May 8, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT) -- Attorneys for a set of Pennsylvania judges challenging the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age told the state’s high court Wednesday that the constitutional amendment behind the restriction violated pre-existing fundamental rights enshrined elsewhere in the state’s constitution.

Arguing in a courtroom packed with members of the state’s judiciary, Robert Heim, a partner at Dechert LLP, told the six Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices that Article V, Section 16 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, which obligates judges to retire at the end of the calendar year in which they...
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