Voters keep 4 Pennsylvania appellate judges

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HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania voters have approved additional 10-year terms for four state appellate judges.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille and Justice Max Baer and Superior Court judges Susan Gantman and Jack Panella faced up-or-down "retention" votes to decide if they should stay on the bench.

Judges are unopposed in retention elections.

Chief Justice Castille, a former Philadelphia district attorney, has served on the state's highest court for two decades and as chief justice since 2008. If retained, he would be forced to retire at the end of 2014, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Justice Baer, a former Allegheny County Common Pleas judge, Judge Panella, a former Northampton County Common Pleas judge, and Judge Gantman, a former Montgomery County lawyer, were elected to their first terms in 2003.

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