|A pizza shop - where Judge Giordano's journey began|
The Pennsylvania Superior Court is one of two intermediate appellate courts between the county courts and the state supreme court. The Commonwealth handles disputes involving municipalities and government agencies. The 15-judge Superior Court has the rest, including the criminal caseload. Last year, that busy court decided 8.165 cases, including 5,063 criminal appeals.
Even with the help of senior judges, each judge decides more than one matter every day. They also meet at three different locations in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Annual salary is $175,923.
Judge Giordano's opponent is Philadelphia Judge Alice Beck Dubow, who has served as a common pleas judge since 2007. Giordano has been a judge since 2001. But that's not what sets him apart. What does is that he has somehow managed to remain the same person he was when he got elected. Despite the robe, he refuses to assume airs.