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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. WILLIAM E. BALDWIN (05/28/82)

decided: May 28, 1982.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, STATE ETHICS COMMISSION, APPELLEE,
v.
WILLIAM E. BALDWIN, ET AL. APPEAL OF MARSHALL FRUMER, CATHERINE MASUR, AND EDWARD THOMPSON



No. 26 E.D. Appeal Dkt. 1982, Appeal from the Order of the Commonwealth Court dated April 12, 1982

COUNSEL

James H. Stewart, Jr., Harrisburg, Michael Etkin, Philadelphia, for Marshall Frumer.

Stewart Magdule, Harrisburg, for Wm. E. Baldwin.

Anthony Vardaro, Meadville, for Julius Russell.

R. Bruce Manchester, Bellefonte, for Donald F. Heggenstaller, Sr.

Frank M. Jackson, Philadelphia, for Ann L. Moss.

David Raker, Williamsport, for Bruce E. Waugh.

Sandra S. Christianson, Gen. Counsel, Asst. Atty. Gen., James J. Kutz, Deputy Atty. Gen., for State Ethics Com'n.

O'Brien, C. J., and Roberts, Nix, Larsen, Flaherty, McDermott and Hutchinson, JJ.

Author: Nix

[ 498 Pa. Page 257]

OPINION

The State Ethics Commission challenged the nomination petitions of thirteen prospective candidates*fn1 for the offices of State Senator and State Representative for their failure to file with the Commission financial interests statements as required by the State Ethics Act (Ethics Act). Act of October 4, 1978, P.L. 883, 65 P.S. ยง 404(b) (Supp. 1981-1982). The Ethics Act requires a financial interests statement to be filed prior to the filing of nomination petitions. These prospective candidates had failed to file financial interests statements with the Commission before the last day for filing nomination petitions on March 9, 1982.

The Commonwealth Court relying on In re Petition of Cianfrani, 467 Pa. 491, 359 A.2d 383 (1976) held that "[f]ailure to file such a ...


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