Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Court to hear case on judge retirement age Fire kills 40,000 baby chickens
HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Thursday it would hear -- and fast-track -- a case that will determine if the justices, or any Pennsylvania judges, can serve on the bench past age 70.
The court agreed to consider a challenge by Montgomery County Judge Arthur Tilson to the state constitution's requirement that judges retire in the calendar year in which they turn 70. The one-page order said oral argument would be held in Harrisburg in May, suggesting the matter could be resolved before the fall election.
It's a matter of particular importance to Chief Justice Ronald Castille, who is running for retention this year but will turn 70 in 2014.
In an interview published Thursday in The Intelligencer of Doylestown, Tilson lawyer William Hangley said the retirement age amounts to a form of age discrimination. Tilson earned a second 10-year term in 2011, when he was 68.
LEBANON -- Authorities said at least 40,000 hatchling chickens are dead after a fire burned through a large chicken house in central Pennsylvania.
Neversink Fire Company Chief Mike Nelson told the Lebanon Daily News that Wednesday afternoon's fire had already destroyed much of the chicken house by the time fire crews arrived. He said all of the chickens inside perished and the 200-foot-long building in North Cornwall Township was destroyed.
From our wire services