John Burkoff on the PA Supreme Court
Professor John Burkoff is quoted in this morning’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in connection with two opinions issued by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a case involving the Commonwealth’s Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice. The majority opinion by Chief Justice Ronald Castille used strong language in disagreeing with a concurring and dissenting opinion filed by Justice Joan Orie Melvin.
“The tone of the chief justice’s opinion was extraordinarily pointed and blunt. He attacked Justice Orie Melvin’s opinion with a verbal sledgehammer. Appellate judges rarely do that,” said John M. Burkoff, professor at University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law.