Pennsylvania: PA Supreme Court to hear petition challenge/costs case

from Ballot Access News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Will Hear Case Involving Costs of Petition Challenges
February 2nd, 2009

On January 30, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal in In Re Nomination Petition of Farnese, concerning the Pennsylvania habit of assessing court costs to the losing side, whenever the validity of a petition is challenged. The Commonwealth Court had kept the challenged candidate on the ballot, and then had billed the challenger $5,251. The Supreme Court will consider whether it was proper to force the challenger to pay this money. The lower court opinion, assessing court costs, is at 948 A 2d 215.

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