Pa. High Court Mulls Its Disciplinary Power Over Judges

Law360, Philadelphia (September 10, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT) -- In a hearing before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday, an attorney for two judges embroiled in the Philadelphia Traffic Court’s ticket-fixing scandal argued that the justices lacked authority under the state constitution to mete out discipline to jurists accused of ethical lapses.

Samuel Stretton, who represents judges Mark Bruno and Christine Solomon, said that amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution in 1993 vested sole authority to prosecute and discipline jurists with the Judicial Conduct Board and the Court of Judicial Discipline, removing the justices from their...
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