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� 1 In this appeal, we are asked to review the trial court’s order denying Appellants’ motion for summary judgment as well as their motion for a protective order. *fn1 After careful review, we quash the appeal.

� 2 The relevant facts are not in dispute. In the early part of 1999, the following comment appeared on an internet web page identified as “Grant Street ’99.”

Despite being prohibited from engaging in political activity, a couple of Judges have been keeping themselves pretty busy recently with politics. Judge Joan Orie Melvin has been lobbying the Ridge administration on behalf of a local attorney seeking the appointment by Governor Ridge to fill the vacancy on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas created by the mandatory retirement earlier this month by Judge Robert Dauer, now a Senior Judge. Dauer has also been actively pushing for this attorney’s appointment. The last GS99 heard, this attorney is on the Governor’s short-list of candidates. Let’s hope that the Gov does the right thing and appoints somebody better qualified. Shame on Orie-Melvin and Dauer – this is exactly the kind of misconduct by our elected officials that the residents of Allegheny County will not stand for anymore … and a good reason why Judges should be held accountable for their actions and remembered at the polls at retention time. See Complaint Exhibit 1.

 
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