Penn. SC cancels session

John O'Brien Nov. 28, 2007, 2:21pm


HARRISBURG, Pa. - Too many cases, not enough justices.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has canceled its last round of oral arguments because only four justices can participate, according to a report by The Associated Press.

The four-day session was canceled because only justices who hear oral arguments can take part in decisions. Currently, the court has two temporary justices keeping the bench warm for Seamus McCaffery and Debra Todd, two former Superior Court judges who will take over next year after winning the Nov. 6 election.

Also, Chief Justice Ralph Cappy is retiring in December. Gov. Ed Rendell is currently looking for his replacement.

Fourteen cases were scheduled to be heard. According to the report, the parties in those cases will reschedule for Pittsburgh in March or wait until the next session in Harrisburg, in May.

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