Rendell's judicial nominees face uphill fight

May 13, 2008 3:46:15 PM PDT
Four men nominated by Gov. Ed Rendell to fill temporary openings on the state's appellate courts are expected to be voted down in the Senate. Senators and Senate aides say most of the Republican majority will vote against the nominees on Wednesday, while most Democrats will support them.

A two-thirds majority vote is necessary to confirm a judicial nominee. There is one opening on the Supreme Court, two on the Superior Court and one on the Commonwealth Court.

A spokesman for Rendell said the Democratic governor has no plans to withdraw the nominees before the vote.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille has publicly supported the nominees, saying the vacancies are creating delays and bigger workloads.

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