Stevens Confirmed for Supreme Court

The state Senate has unanimously confirmed Judge Correale Stevens to take a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Stevens was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett to fill the seat of former Justice Joan Orie Melvin, who is currently appealing her conviction on corruption charges related to the use of taxpayer-funded staff for campaign purposes.

Stevens’ nomination had sailed through committee and faced no serious opposition. He heads to the state’s high court carrying the endorsement of both parties in the Senate. Democrat John Yudichak called Stevens “uniquely qualified,” and said they shared the sentiment that “public service is paramount to partisan pursuits.”

A graduate of Penn State University and the Dickinson School of Law, Stevens has served as President Judge on the state Superior Court since 2011. He’s also been a county judge and a State Representative.


Governor Corbett to Nominate Judge Correale Stevens to the PA Supreme Court

Governor Tom Corbett today will submit his nomination for a vacant seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. That seat opened up with the resignation last month of former Justice Joan Orie Melvin who was convicted on corruption charges earlier this year. She is appealing that conviction.

The governor has selected longtime Superior Court Judge Correale Stevens for the post. Stevens has been on that bench since 1998, serving as President Judge since 2011. Prior to that, Stevens was a Luzerne County Judge and District Attorney. He also spent four terms in the state House of Representatives.

The nomination, expected to be delivered to the state Senate today, requires a two-thirds confirmation vote. If that happens, Stevens will be seated on the high court for the term that ends in January of 2016. The election to select a permanent justice is due in November of 2015.