Back in June, I told you Attorney Leonard Zito would return to Northampton County's bench for a second time, filling the vacancy created when President Judge Robert A Freedberg ascended to the heavens of Superior Court. I also told you that this time, he can run for the job next year.
Most of you greeted this news with skepticism. I got this "Burne, your information is bad. There is no way Zito gets the appointment a second time." and this "There's actually no chance that he will be appointed."
Oh yeah? "May a crazy holy man set fire to your nose hair."
According to Express Times sleuth Sarah Cassi, the Guv' has just nominated Zito for that coveted black dress. Although Sarah was unable to confirm whether any strings are attached, there aren't. Zito will be free to run for the seat when Freedberg's term expires next year.
While I'm on a roll, let me give you another prediction. In the next few days, our friends in the land of midnight payraises will create a new judgeship in Northampton County. Three seats will be open next year because Judge Moran is retiring.
I'll give you the latest rundown on those seats next week.