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Cause of district judge's death won't be released for 6-8 weeks

April 01, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An autopsy was performed Thursday at Lehigh Valley Medical Center on the body of Magisterial District Judge Larry K. Meminger, but Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said the cause of death will not be released for six to eight weeks.

Conner reiterated that it appeared that Meminger, who was found dead in his Fayetteville, Pa., home Wednesday morning, died of natural causes, but said he will wait for the final autopsy report before releasing a cause of death.

Meminger, 46, had served on the minor judiciary bench since 1984 and was in his fourth term in office.

Franklin County Chief Deputy Clerk Jean Byers said she spoke with Gov. Ed Rendell's office Thursday and the governor has 90 days from the date of the vacancy to nominate Meminger's replacement. That person also must be confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate, she said.

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Because it is a short-term appointment, Byers said the governor's office indicated Rendell will either appoint an attorney, or someone who has successfully completed the Minor Judiciary Education Board Qualifying school.

The person appointed to the district judge position will serve a term that expires at the end of 2007, at which time an election will be held for a full six-year term, Byers said.

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