McCaffery retirement leaves open unanswered appointment question

Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery announced his retirement Monday, effective immediately. As of now, Gov. Tom Corbett has not yet decided whether to appoint a replacement.

Any such appointment could raise interesting questions depending on the outcome of next Tuesday’s gubernatorial election.

Monday, October 27, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

What’s next for suspended Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery?

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery after that court’s presiding officer, Chief Justice Ronald Castille, announced publicly that Justice McCaffery had traded in pornographic emails along with members of former Attorney General and current Governor Tom Corbett’s staff and others.

The Supreme Court referred the matter for expedited review by the Judicial Conduct Board, which was given 30 days to determine whether a formal complaint should be filed.

While proceedings of this kind are very rare, particularly in the highest appellate court in the state, it has happened before and there is a prescribed process to deal with it. The PLS Reporter has researched what could happen next in this case. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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