Posted on February 23, 2015

Amid Email Controversy, Pa. Supreme Court Nominee Thomas Kistler to Withdraw Today

John L. Micek, Penn Live, February 23, 2015

Thomas Kistler, one of Gov. Tom Wolf’s picks to fill a pair of vacancies on state Supreme Court, will withdraw from consideration today, just one day ahead of an expected confirmation hearing, a highly placed state Senate source with knowledge of the situation said this morning.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said Friday that it was reviewing the appointment of Kistler, a Centre Court Judge, after revelations about a potentially racially insensitive Christmas greeting that Kistler, according to published reports, forwarded to a number of friends in 2013.


The Senate Judiciary Committee had scheduled a confirmation hearing on Kistler’s nomination for Tuesday, in hopes that he would be eligible to take his place on the bench for a scheduled week of arguments in March.