Eakin: Court Won't Fill Orie Melvin's Spot on Its Own

, The Legal Intelligencer


While Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin said he thinks the high court would have the power to appoint an interim justice to fill the spot of suspended Justice Joan Orie Melvin, he said he does not think the court will do it as a "separation of power issue."

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  • I Wonder

    If Orie-Melvin had not illegally used her office and her sister's office to do illegal electioneering, would the issue with the Supreme Court and the open seat not be in controversy, because Jack Panella would currently be filling the position in the honorable manner in which he has always handled himself. This is truly a case of a crime having far reaching consequences for the citizens of this state. Hopefully, when she is sentenced it will reflect the seriousness of the crime and the harm she has done to the reputation of the judiciary. There is no clearer evidence that she was never an appropriate candidate for that most esteemed judicial position!

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