The withdrawal of one state Supreme Court nominee might have sunken both picks made by the governor’s office in consultation with the state Senate. The move potentially will leave two vacancies on the high court for the rest of the year.
Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler said Monday morning he is dropping out of the confirmation process.
“[S]everal circumstances have developed here, at home, in Centre County, which have dramatically altered the legal system, and require my full attention,” said Kistler in a written statement. “I cannot with a clear conscience abandon my responsibilities to Centre County in this time of uncertainty.”
His withdrawal comes days after the Philadelphia Inquirer reported criticism of a 2013 e-mail he sent, which features a photo of a black man and woman, apparently during a prison visit, below text that reads: “Merry Christmas from the Johnsons.” Kistler is white.