PA Supreme Court again at full strength


The bench is full.

 The state Senate gave unanimous approval to Correale Stevens as the newest justice on the state Supreme Court. 

Amid frantic last minute budget negotiations, the Senate confirmed Stevens, 66, a judge on the Superior Court and a former state lawmaker.

He takes the seat occupied until recently by Joan Orie Melvin, who resigned May 1 after her conviction on political corruption charges.

The seven-member bench now has a 4-3 GOP majority with the addition of the Luzerne County Republican.

Stevens will serve out Melvin's term until January 2016. At that point a newly-elected justice will take office.





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