By Mark Scolforo
The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett says Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin made the "correct" decision to resign effective May 1.
Corbett said today that Melvin's departure will spare taxpayers the expense of impeachment proceedings and allow lawmakers to focus on other issues.The governor says he'll nominate an interim justice as soon as practical. If confirmed by the Senate, that person would serve until voters elect a new justice in 2015 to a full 10-year term.
An Allegheny County jury found Melvin guilty of using government employees to work on her 2003 and 2009 campaigns for the high court. She is scheduled to be sentenced on May 7.