Ballot Talks: The state of Pennsylvania’s judiciary

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Guests: Lynn Marks, Gina Passarella, and Peter Hall

For the first time in 311 years, there are three spots open simultaneously on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, making this year’s elections for Pa.’s top court extremely important. Over the years, many questions have been raised about judicial elections with the concern that the widespread money in these campaigns could affect the impartiality of judges. In this week’s edition of Ballot Talks, our weekly show on all things politics and elections-related, we examine the state of Pennsylvania’s judiciary in the wake of last fall’s Porngate scandal that led to the ousting of former Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffrey. We’ll discuss the Pa. Supreme Court’s incoming Chief Justice Thomas Saylor, how the state’s court systems are faring, and much more. Marty is joined by LYNN MARKS, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, GINA PASSARELLA of The Legal Intelligencer, and PETER HALL of The Morning Call.

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