Yesterday, I told you that Governor Tom Wolf reached a deal with Republican and Democratic State Senators in Harrisburg to fill 30 judicial vacancies, including the nomination of Sallie Mundy to a seat on the Supreme Court recently vacated by J. Michael Eakin.
Locally, he named Dan McCarthy to the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas and Alicia Zito to the magisterial seat created by the untimely death of Todd Strohe.
What I failed to tell you, and what The Legal Intelligencer is now reporting, is that "reformer" Wolf ignored the recommendations of an advisory commission that he himself set up. Sallie Mundy, the noiminee, did not even interview with the commission, which recommended the appointment of Leon W. Tucker, an African American. If confirmed, he would have been the sole black judge on the state high court, and only the fourth Supreme Court justice of color in that body's nearly three century history.
Come to think of it, there is not one black face on either of the state's two intermediary appellate courts.