LEWISBURG — Rebecca Warren, district attorney for Montour County, visited Union county Monday night. Warren, running for state Supreme Court, made an appearance at the monthly meeting of the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives.
Though not on the agenda, Warren stood and introduced herself to the crowd at the discussion of religious liberties.
Warren, originally from the White Haven area, attended and graduated from MMI Preparatory School.
“A very intense academic program,” Warren recalled of her time at the secondary school in White Haven.
Bloomsburg University followed for undergraduate studies, then Dickinson Law School, Warren said, once it looked like she would be following a legal career.
Serving as a prosecutor or in private practice was satisfactory, Warren said, until a horrific event involving family members.
“My father and my brother were killed by a reckless driver,” Warren recalled, and claimed the driver had connections in he county where the accident happened. “She was not going to be charged.”
Warren said she hired an investigator and did legal research and argued with the district attorney of the county where charges were eventually filed.
“Fortunately, she pleaded guilty to two counts of homicide by vehicle,” Warren said. “I was familiar with the justice system...but if someone else had been in that situation they never would have achieved justice.”
There will be three openings on the ballot in the fall, as Justice Joan Orie Melvin resigned nearly a year ago when convicted on public corruption charges, Ronald Castille, chief justice, reached the mandatory retirement age of 70, and Justice Seamus McCaffery resigned in October after allegedly trading pornographic emails with state prosecutors.
“I believe there is a crisis of confidence on the court,” Warren said, noting improprieties at both state and county levels.
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