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In re Nomination Petitions of Wiegand

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

May 1, 2014

IN RE: NOMINATION PETITIONS OF KRISTOPHER J. WIEGAND AS CANDIDATE FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 32ND LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT; APPEAL OF: MARGARET ANDERSON, STANLEY J. ADAMSKI II, PHILIP J. SCOLIERI, JOHN W. JOYCE, JOSEPH J. JOYCE, CHRISTOPHER J. BRINKER, AND DOLORES LAMONNA

Submitted April 23, 2014

Appeal from the Order of the Commonwealth Court entered April 15, 2014 at No. 165 MD 2014.

For Department of State, Participants: Kathleen Marie Kotula, Esq., PA Department of State

For Margaret Anderson, et al., Appellant: Adam Craig Bonin, Esq.

Kristopher J. Wiegand, Appellee: Pro Se.

CASTILLE (CJ), SAYLOR, EAKIN, BAER, TODD, MCCAFFERY, STEVENS, JJ.

OPINION

Page 701

ORDER

PER CURIAM

AND NOW, this 1st day of May, 2014, the order of the Commonwealth Court is AFFIRMED.

DISSENT

DISSENTING STATEMENT

MR. JUSTICE SAYLOR

I respectfully dissent from the per curiam affirmance of the Commonwealth Court's order in this case, since the parties agree that the Commonwealth Court did not address all of the objections to the signatures on the nomination petition. See Brief of Appellants at 8-12; Brief of Appellee at 6-9. Rather than engaging in the type of speculation advocated by Appellee and surmising the intended disposition of these challenges by the trial judge, particularly where the disputes, if successful, could result in the setting aside of the nomination petition, I would remand for the court to provide the necessary consideration or clarification relative to its reasoning.


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