Cantor Nominated for Second Judgeship Run

Andrew B. “Andy” Cantor’s nomination to an open judgeship on the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas is the second time Cantor has been nominated for a county judgeship.

Former Gov. Robert Casey Sr. nominated Cantor in December 1991. Cantor — who was traveling in Italy last week and wasn’t reachable by The Legal for the article The Legal published about Gov. Edward G. Rendell’s nominations for open Court of Common Pleas judgeships around the state — said he went through a confirmation hearing and was recommended by the state Senate Judiciary Committee, but the Senate never acted on his confirmation.

This time, Cantor — who says he would become the only Democrat on the Montgomery County bench if he was confirmed — feels that any political objections to his nomination aren’t warranted because he would only be able to serve the end of 2009 after turning 70 next year.

“My nomination really should not be a political consideration,” Cantor said. “I will turn 70 during the next year. I could not run for re-election. I can serve to the end of 2009, and there would be an election in 2009 for my seat, but I could not participate. I think that would be a plus in assisting me to get confirmation.” Canto also unsuccessfully ran for a judgeship in 1993.

Cantor, who has been practicing law for more than 44 years, said becoming a judge would be the culmination of his career.

“I just feel it’s time to give back something,” Cantor said. “I do feel that I have something to offer as a judge.”

Cantor, a partner with Wisler Pearlstine in Blue Bell since 1973, practices mostly in municipal and estate law, but he has handled domestic relations, civil litigation and criminal cases in the past.

Cantor attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has been president of the Montgomery Bar Association.

“The bar association is very active and an excellent bar association,” Cantor said. “We’ve had a very good bench in Montgomery County for years. I look forward to the challenge of meeting those standards if confirmed.”

Cantor said he would follow the law as a judge, and that he would bring to the bench an even temper and consideration to lawyers and litigants.

Cantor has been nominated to fill the judgeship left open following the death of Judge Toby Lynn Dickman last year. A hearing on Cantor’s nomination won’t be held until the Senate returns from recess in the fall.

— Amaris Elliott-Engel, Staff Reporter

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One Comment on “Cantor Nominated for Second Judgeship Run”

  1. Luther Milspaw Says:

    Re the automatically generated “possibley related posts” – is this the best you can do – generate a link to a cantor sentenced for sexual abuse of a nephew, to Andrew Cantor’s nomination for a judgeship?


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