PA-Gov: Wolf Names Supreme Court, Other Judicial Nominees

PA Judicial CenterGovernor Tom Wolf announced his selection for thirty judicial vacancies yesterday.

These choices were made in conjunction with Senate leaders Jake Corman and Jay Costa.

“I thank Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate for working with me in a collaborative way to ensure these vacancies on our courts are filled,” Governor Wolf said.

The Supreme Court vacancy was caused by the resignation of Michael Eakin last March.

The full list of judicial selections is presented below:

Supreme Court – Judge Sallie Mundy
Superior Court – Carl Solano, Judge Lillian Harris Ransom and Geoffrey Moulton
Commonwealth Court – Joe Cosgrove and Julia Hearthway
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas – David Spurgeon
Berks County Court of Common Pleas – Jill Gehman Koestel
Bucks County Court of Common Pleas – Jeffrey G. Trauger
Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas – Lori Serratelli
Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas – Julia Munley
Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas – Daniel McCarthy
Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas – Joseph Walsh
City of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas: Stella Tsai, Vincent Furlong, Daniel Sulman, Lucretia Clemons, Roger Gordon and Vincent Melchiorre
Washington County Court of Common Pleas: Damon Faldowski
York County Court of Common Pleas – Kathleen Prendergast and Christy Fawcett
Allegheny County Magisterial District Court – Dan Butler
Centre County Magisterial District Court – Robert Bascom
Chester County Magisterial District Court – Elizabeth Curtis Swain
Cumberland County Magisterial District Court – Jonathan Birbeck
Dauphin County Magisterial District Court – David O’Leary
Lackawanna County Magisterial District Court – Bruce Zero
Northampton County Magisterial District Court – Alicia Zito
Westmoreland County Magisterial District Court – Wayne Gongaware

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  2. God help the poor people who go in front of judges whose expertise is based on serving as a deputy prothonotary instead of practicing law with real clients and doing trials as a real trial lawyer. of course, most prothonotaries run for office and are therefore movers in the local dem machines — who apparently can get their deputies these plum judicial appointments. ( it’s one small consolation that Mundy’s work product appears to be well done, per one comment above ..)

    . but how in the world do prothonotaries qualify to sit as appellate judges? i guess maybe a husband who has influence over spending the trial lawyer’s big dollar pac might have something to do with it…

  3. Mundy selected simply because of her husband, the big trial lawyer; Solana because of his brother; who knows about Hearthway…she is clueless, but clearly knows someone. This is a joke and with the exception of Solano, they will get smashed in the election next year.

  4. Wolf also nominated former Chief Deputy AG/ Labor Secretary Julia K. Hearthway, under Corbett to the Commonwealth Court.
    She should be denied for aiding and abetting corruption in both roles.
    Hearthway was instrumental in burying criminal complaints against a Scranton Workers’ Comp judge, local royalty as past president of the Friendly Sons, Patrick J. Cummings for trial fixing for his brother’s illicit business partner. (Dunmore Solicitor Tom Cummings Jr, and presently a WC Appeal Board Commissioner, revealed that gem via the Cordaro , June 2011 Lackawanna County pay to play corruption trial.
    Worse, Tom Cummings’ testimony revealed his role in setting up and running a shadow company( John Brayfee LLC) to grab a no-bid $257,000 contract to build an overpriced 9-1-1 cell tower for the county, allegedly cutting the imprisoned commissioner in for a $14,000.00 share.
    In 2012, as Labor Secretary, despite her oversight of the aforesaid criminal complaint against the WC Judge brother, she approved Tom Cummings appointment by Corbett as a Workers Compensation Appeals Board Commissioner.
    The Scranton Times-Tribune has published pics of Corbett on the Dais sitting with Cummings, the crooked judge.
    The details can be acquired from Governor Wolf’s office via Right to Know Request for Notice of Claim re Cummings and the Commonwealth.

  5. I totally disagree with Observant’s statement that Judge Sally Mundy may be the worst Judge on Superior Court. As a retired employee of this Court, I have found her court opinions to thoroughly researched, well written and completed in a timely manner. Additionally, during the six years that I dealt with her as Deputy Prothonotary for the Eastern District she always treated me and the members of my staff with the utmost courtesy and respect. Although many members of the Superior Court are also qualified to sit on the PA. Supreme Court, I believe Judge Mundy is an outstanding choice. I was also thrilled to see that Carl Solano has been nominated to serve on the Superior Court. Mr Solano is one of the best appellate lawyers in our state.

  6. appellate court slate is weak. Corbett’s former L&I chief Hearthway on Commonwealth Court means war on workers…Geoff Moulton on Superior Court means a war on common sense…Sally Mundy may be the worst judge on Superior Court…and who the he!! does Joe Cosgrove have pictures of? All this means is these appellate choices are there for a short time and will be knocked out in 2017.

  7. Good choices here tom wolf and I’m hoping of they will be good judges.

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