2010-07-01 / Local & State

Philly Papers Call For Pa. Chief Justice To Resign

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The editorial boards of Philadelphia’s two largest newspapers say state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille isn’t fit for his job.

The Philadelphia Daily News wrote Friday that the appearance of impropriety in a $12 million deal that Castille oversaw to find land for a new Philadelphia Family Court has eroded the public trust.

The unsigned column says, “For the head of the state’s highest court, that should be a firing offense.’’ The Inquirer’s editorial called Sunday for Castille to resign as chief justice, although not necessarily from the bench.

In May, The Philadelphia Inquirer began questioning payments received by an attorney who represented the courts while partnered with the project developer.

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