Supreme Court vacancy filled by state Senate

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Pennsylvania's Supreme Court got back up to full strength on Sunday with the unanimous confirmation in the state Senate of Correale Stevens as its newest justice.

The Senate voted 50-0 in favor of Mr. Stevens, a former state lawmaker who most recently has been president judge of Superior Court, a state appeals court.

He will assume the seat held most recently by Joan Orie Melvin, who resigned May 1 following her conviction on charges she used government employees to help her political campaigns.

Mr. Stevens, a Republican, returns the court to a 4-to-3 GOP majority. He will serve until January 2016, when a new justice, chosen by voters two months earlier, will assume the office on a permanent basis for a 10-year term.

Mr. Stevens, 66, lives in Sugarloaf. He served as a county judge and as Luzerne County's district attorney.

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