Correale Stevens

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Correale Stevens
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Court Information:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $200,000
Service:
Appointed by:   Gov. Tom Corbett
Active:   2013-2016
Preceded by:   Joan Orie Melvin
Past post:   Judge, Pennsylvania Superior Court
Past term:   1998-2013
Personal History
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Pennsylvania State University
Law School:   Dickinson School of Law

Correale F. Stevens is a justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett on June 15, 2013. He was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate soon after and was sworn in on July 30. He replaced Joan Orie Melvin for a temporary term that expires in January 2016.[1][2][3][4] Stevens is running for election to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2015.[5]

Elections

2015

See also: Pennsylvania judicial elections, 2015

Candidates competing for three open seats

Pennsylvania's judicial elections include a primary on May 19, 2015, and a general election on November 3, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates was March 11, 2015. The candidates in the table below will compete in the primary election for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.[5]
Primary election, 2015
PartyCandidate
    Democratic Dwayne D. Woodruff
    Democratic Christine Donohue
    Democratic Kevin M. Dougherty
    Democratic John H. Foradora
    Democratic David N. Wecht
    Democratic Anne Lazarus
    Republican Judith Olson
    Republican Correale Stevens
    Republican Michael A. George
    Republican Cheryl Lynn Allen
    Republican Anne Covey
    Republican Rebecca L. Warren
[5]

 

Recommendation

Stevens was highly recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, who said, "He has the breadth of experience and knowledge required to serve with distinction on the Supreme Court."[6]

Race background

Three open seats are up for grabs on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2015. Going into the primary, there are 12 candidates running for the court. One open seat was the result of the retirement of Chief Justice Ronald Castille in December 2014. The other two seats were made vacant by resignations. The first vacancy was created by Justice Joan Orie Melvin in May 2013 after her conviction for campaign corruption. The second resignation was by Justice Seamus P. McCaffery in October 2014 for both his implication in an FBI investigation involving the exchange of referral fees between his wife and several law firms, and for his involvement in a scandal whereby sexually-explicit emails were forwarded from his personal email account to court employees.

Justice Correale Stevens was appointed to the bench by Governor Tom Corbett (R) in June 2013 to replace Joan Orie Melvin. He is running in 2015 to keep his seat on the court. The court currently has a 3-2 majority for Republicans with the balance of the court at stake in this year's election.[7]

Campaign cash in the primary

Three candidates reported campaign war chests exceeding $500,000 in finance reports filed on April 7. Kevin M. Dougherty (D) took the cash-on-hand lead with $584,666.22 in the bank, followed by David N. Wecht (D) at $546,220.24 and Michael A. George (R) at $508,459.63. Eight of the nine remaining primary candidates totaled approximately $898,000 on hand by early April, with Rebecca L. Warren (R) with a negative cash balance. The fundraising advantage through March rested with Democratic candidates, who totaled $1.94 million on hand compared to $595,000 for Republican candidates.[8]

Pre-primary campaign finance[9]
Candidate Party Cash on hand ($) Highest contribution ($) Contributor(s)
Kevin M. Dougherty Electiondot.png Democratic 584,666.22 100,000 Local Union #98 I.B.E.W. Committee On Political Education
David N. Wecht Electiondot.png Democratic 546,220.24 25,000 Daniel Berger, Attorney
Michael A. George Ends.png Republican 508,459.63 500,000 Gary Lowenthal, Founder, Boyds Bears
John H. Foradora Electiondot.png Democratic 391,074.05 100,000 John H. Foradora
Anne Lazarus Electiondot.png Democratic 262,093.08 75,000 Anne Lazarus
Christine Donohue Electiondot.png Democratic 184,727.00 5,000 Commonwealth Heritage PAC, I.B.E.W. Local 5, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel and 13 individual donors
Anne Covey Ends.png Republican 56,540.38 25,000 PA Future Fund
Correale Stevens Ends.png Republican 44,101.58 5,000 Pennsylvania Society of Physicians Assistants, Gillespie, Miscavige, Ferdinand & Baranko LLC and four individual donors
Dwayne D. Woodruff Electiondot.png Democratic 29,514.80 5,000 Arthur J. Rooney II, President, Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club
Cheryl Lynn Allen Ends.png Republican 17,135.00 10,000 Eldora Ellison, Retired
Judith Olson Ends.png Republican 842.06 1,000 Carl G. Grefenstette, Director, Hillman Foundation
Rebecca L. Warren Ends.png Republican -2,668.35 5,000 Rebecca L. Warren
April 8 candidate forum

A candidate forum at the Free Library of Philadelphia on April 8 showcased candidate concerns over the influence of money in judicial elections. Five candidates participated in the forum: Anne Lazarus (D), John H. Foradora (D), David N. Wecht (D), Dwayne D. Woodruff (D) and Cheryl Lynn Allen (R). All of the candidates at the forum argued that more campaign cash presented issues for judicial races though none believed that eliminating elections would be the right solution. Foradora argued that campaign cash potentially damages the court's integrity while Woodruff suggested that higher finance requirements presented a barrier to entry for qualified candidates. Allen advocated for nonpartisan elections as a counterweight to increasing partisanship on the court.[10]

Failed nominations

In February 2015, Governor Tom Wolfe nominated both Ken Gormley, a law professor for the Duquesne University School of Law, and Judge Thomas Kistler of the Centre County Court of Common Pleas. However, after a questionable Christmas email sent by Kistler and a halt to confirm Gormley, Wolfe said he planned no further nominations to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.[11]

Kistler asked that his nomination be withdrawn after a report surfaced of a racially insensitive e-greeting sent out by Kistler to friends in 2013. The e-greeting depicts a black couple, with the male in incarceration wearing prison garb behind a glass window and his female visitor speaking to him via a jailhouse phone. The caption attached to the e-greeting said "Merry Christmas from the Johnsons," and Kistler sent the greeting with a subject heading of "Best Christmas card ever."[12]

Gormley's nomination came under scrutiny when reports of harassment complaints filed in 2006 against Gormley were circulated among the Senate Judiciary Committee. An internal Duquesne University report, that had been cited in a lawsuit filed against Gormley, recommended that Gormley not supervise women due to the fact that he had shared "an unsubstantiated rumor" regarding a female professor. The suit was later settled by the female professor and the university.[12]

Education

Stevens received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law.[1]

Career

Stevens is a former private practice attorney and city solicitor for Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He has also served as the Luzerne County district attorney, a position to which he was elected in 1987, and as a state legislator on the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He served four terms as a legislator. His judicial career began with his election to the Pennsylvania Superior Court in November 1997. He served there until his appointment to the supreme court in 2013. He also served as a trial judge for the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas from 2000 to 2007.[1]

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