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Commonwealth Court ruling upholds Braddock mayor's vote

| Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 1:00 p.m.

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman's deciding vote to fire the borough's former solicitor will stand, according to a Commonwealth Court ruling last week.

Braddock Council voted 3-3 to fire its former solicitor, M. Lawrence Shields III at a meeting on Feb. 14, 2012. Fetterman cast the deciding vote that terminated Shields' services.

Shields appealed to the appellate court, arguing that state law says only council had the authority to cast votes, therefore voiding the mayor's tiebreaker.

Commonwealth Court Judge Cohn Jubelirer wrote that not only did another part of the code authorize the mayor to cast a deciding vote, but required him to do so.

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