Wolf taps appellate court judge to fill high court opening

Superior Court Judge Sallie Mundy was nominated Monday

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is nominating a statewide appellate court judge to fill an opening on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court created in the court’s latest scandal.

Superior Court Judge Sallie Mundy was nominated Monday. If confirmed by the Senate, she’ll take the seat on the seven-member court until a new justice is sworn in after the November 2017 election.

She also can run next year for a 10-year term on the high court bench. She’s served since 2010 on the Superior Court, which hears appeals in criminal court cases.

The 53-year-old Republican was recommended by the Senate’s Republican majority leaders to replace Justice Michael Eakin, a Republican who stepped down in March.

The agreement virtually assures Mundy’s confirmation. Her confirmation wouldn’t change the high court’s balance of power, which is currently five Democrats and one Republican.

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