Friday, November 16, 2012
Pennsylvania Judges Sue over Mandatory Retirement Provision - Law Blog - WSJ
Pennsylvania Judges Sue over Mandatory Retirement Provision - Law Blog - WSJ: "By Joe Palazzolo Six Pennsylvania judges are suing to invalidate a state constitutional provision that requires them to retire at age 70. Standing in their way is a 1990 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, Gregory v. Ashcroft, that upheld a similar mandatory retirement requirement in Missouri. But the judges and their lawyers are hoping that advances in medicine, new research on aging and evolving law on the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause will help them sustain their challenge. The challenge could have national implications. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia enforce age limits for at least some of their judges, according to the National Center for State Courts. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, cites new evidence that the prevalence of cognitive impairment in older Americans has decreased, even since the early 1990s." 'via Blog this'