— One of the lawyers whom Gov. Tom Wolf is considering for appointment to a state appeals court vacancy is attorney Carl A. Solano, a Pittston area native, according to the Legal Intelligencer, a newspaper that caters to lawyers and judges.
The newspaper doesn’t say which of the six vacancies on the Commonwealth (2), Superior (3) and Supreme (1)courts Mr. Solano is up for.
Mr. Solano’s father was Nicholas Solano of Hughestown, the brother of Republican power broker Patrick J. Solano of Pittston Twp. Carl Solano is a partner in Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, the respected Philadelphia law firm. Mr. Solano recently helped handle comedian Bill Cosby’s attempt to get criminal sexual assault charges against him thrown out. The Superior Court and Supreme Court both refused to do that, and the case went to a preliminary hearing where the magisterial district judge sent the case to Montgomery County Court for trial.
— Mr. Wolf is also considering appointing Superior Court Judge Sallie Updyke Mundy of Tioga County to the Supreme Court vacancy. Her husband is James F. Mundy, a Wilkes-Barre native and King’s College graduate who is part of the Powell Law firm in Scranton. She won election to the Superior Court in 2009.
Mr. Mundy’s great-uncle Leo Mundy was a state senator in Luzerne County, his great-uncle Jim was a Luzerne County commissioner, and his great-uncle Tom was chairman of the Luzerne County Democratic Party, according to his law firm biography.