Pa. High Court Explains Decision To Ax Jury Commissioners

Law360, Philadelphia (October 18, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday explained its September finding that the state legislature had constitutional authority to pass a law allowing counties to abolish their elected jury commissioner posts, concluding that the act did not violate the state's separation of powers doctrine.

The court initially affirmed a Commonwealth Court decision to uphold the law in a one-page per curiam order, but delayed the release of its opinion, along with a dissenting opinion from Justice Debra Todd.

The six-justice majority was unpersuaded by the Pennsylvania State...
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