Corbett nominates Northeast man to Court of Common Pleas

Ready for court: Pic­tured are (sit­ting, from left) Mike Fan­ning, Vin­cent Mel­chi­orre, (stand­ing, from left) state Sens. Mike Stack and Larry Farnese.

Far North­east res­id­ent Mike Fan­ning is on track to be­com­ing a judge on the Court of Com­mon Pleas, hav­ing been nom­in­ated by Gov. Tom Corbett and ap­proved by the state Sen­ate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee.

Corbett also nom­in­ated Ken Pow­ell, Abbe Flet­man and Vin­cent Mel­chi­orre to the same court. 

The gov­ernor nom­in­ated Stephanie Saw­yer and Ro­ger Gor­don to Mu­ni­cip­al Court. The six nom­in­ees will have to run for full terms next year.

Fan­ning entered the 2013 cam­paign, but dropped out be­fore the primary.

In 2011, Fan­ning had the en­dorse­ment of the Demo­crat­ic City Com­mit­tee and many uni­ons and a re­com­mend­a­tion from the Phil­adelphia Bar As­so­ci­ation. However, he fin­ished 16th in a field of 35 can­did­ates for 10 seats.

Fan­ning has been a tri­al law­yer for about 25 years, in­clud­ing a stint as an as­sist­ant dis­trict at­tor­ney in Bucks County, where he worked in the child ab­use unit. He’s a gradu­ate of Temple Uni­versity School of Law. ••

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