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Pa. Justice Recusals Renew Questions Over Judicial Elections

Law360, Philadelphia (May 5, 2016, 6:55 PM EDT) -- Legal experts are again raising questions about the role of money in state judicial elections after campaign contributions helped push multiple members of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to recuse themselves from deciding an appeal set to be argued Monday involving a politically influential Philadelphia union boss.

Two of the four justices who disqualified themselves from hearing the appeal — part of a defamation case brought against a former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 chief John Dougherty — cited concerns that the tens of thousands of dollars they accepted from the union during past judicial campaigns...

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