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Pennsylvania State Government November 3, 2009 Election
Justice; Pennsylvania Supreme Court Voter Information

10 Year Term.

Results as of Nov 3 8:40pm, 0.10% of Precincts Reporting (9/9,313)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Joan Orie Melvin Click here for more information about this candidate 925,459 votes 53.2%

  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Superior Court Judge
  • B.A. Notre Dame 1978; J.D., Duquesne Law, l981
  • 28 years judicial experience
  • Superior Court judge 11 years, 8000 appeals
  • Common Pleas judge 7 years (Criminal, Family, Civil)
  • Chief Magistrate, Pittsburgh Municipal Courts 5 years
  • Established Pennsylvania's first Domestic Violence Court
  • The public must have confidence in the integrity and independence of the judicial system.
  • Judicial accountabiity is necessary to prevent abuses of power
Jack A. Panella Click here for more information about this candidate 815,106 votes 46.8%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Superior Court of Pennsylvania Judge
  • Elected Appellate Judge - Superior Court of Pennsylvania (2004 - Present)
  • Appointed - Commission for Justice Initiatives in Pennsylvania (2004)
  • Elected President Judge - Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline (2000)
  • Appointed - Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline (August 1998)
  • Elected Trial Judge - Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County (1991 - 2003)
  • Maintain access to justice for all Pennsylvania citizens.
  • Restore public's confidence in the judiciary.
  • Fight corruption and partisan political influence in the judiciary.

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