For Pa. Supreme Court: Nominate Allen, Stevens & Wecht
Primary elections typically don't fall into the “historic” category. But Tuesday's primary is just that for a Pennsylvania Supreme Court sadly better known in recent years for its infighting and scandals than for its jurisprudence.
For the first time in its history — nearly 300 years — there are three open seats on the commonwealth's highest court. Six Democrats and 10 Republicans seek their parties' nominations. We are comfortable endorsing three:
• Cheryl L. Allen, a Hampton Republican, has a long history as an exemplary jurist. She has served on the state Superior Court for the last seven years. Before that, she served on Allegheny County Common Pleas Court for 18 years. She is the definition of experience, impartiality and good temperament.
• Correale F. Stevens, a Luzerne County Republican, was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Tom Corbett in 2013 to replace Justice Joan Orie Melvin, who left the court in criminal disgrace. His combined 23 years as a Common Pleas and Superior court judge established a solid foundation for this jurist with a strikingly good temperament and excellent grasp of the law.
• David N. Wecht, an Indiana Township Democrat, offers a most impressive legal intellect. He has served with distinction on the Superior Court for the past four years and was an Allegheny County Common Pleas judge for eight years. Intense, probing and wickedly articulate, Judge Wecht exudes integrity, legal and personal.