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Correale Stevens gets initial OK for Pa. high court

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By The Associated Press
Thursday, June 27, 2013, 12:57 p.m.

HARRISBURG — A panel of state senators is in favor of Gov. Tom Corbett's nominee, Correale Stevens, to temporarily fill a vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday to send Stevens' nomination to the full Senate. A two-thirds majority of senators is required for Stevens to take a seat on the seven-member bench.

Stevens, a Republican, is currently president judge of state Superior Court. If he's confirmed by the full Senate, the high court will return to a four-to-three Republican majority.

Stevens' career in public service includes time as Luzerne County's district attorney and a state representative.

The opening was created by the May 1 resignation of Joan Orie Melvin after she was convicted of using public employees to help her political campaigns.

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