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Pennsylvania State Government November 6, 2007 Election
Judge; Pennsylvania Superior Court Voter Information

10 Year Term. Salary: $165,342

Results as of Dec 19 9:16am
5661725 Votes Cast
Candidates (Vote for 3)
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Christine Donohue Click here for more information about this candidate 1,100,362 votes 19.4%

  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Lawyer
  • Highest possible recommendation for the Superior Court
  • 27 years of trial & appellate courts experience
  • 1974, East Stroudsburg State University, B.A.
  • 1980, Duquesne University School of Law, J.D.
  • Judicial independence is the foundation of a fair and impartial judicial system and one of the pillars of our democracy
  • Decision-making must be free of any external influence (political, social or economic
Jackie Shogan Click here for more information about this candidate 974,748 votes 17.2%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Attorney with Thorp, Reed & Armstrong, LLP
  • Duke University School of Law , J.D. (high honors, Order of the Coif)
  • Extensive experience in civil, administrative and criminal law
  • Teaches appellate practice at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Certified Arbitrator and Mediator
  • Former nurse and nurse educator
  • Recommended by the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations
  • Judges must avoid even the appearance of impropriety, which includes the appearance of lacking judicial independence
  • There needs to be more openess and transparency in the operations of our courts.
Cheryl Lynn Allen Click here for more information about this candidate 970,081 votes 17.1%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County
  • The ONLY Republican candidate HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by the Pennsylvania Bar Association for ascension to Superior Court
  • Rated HIGHLY QUALIFIED by the Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Judicial Experience: 17 Years. Previously a lawyer for 15 years.
  • Recipient of more than 35 awards for Community Service and Professional Achievements
  • PA Bar states, "She has a well-earned reputation as a productive, principled and dedicated jurist who decides cases with fairness and impartiality."
  • Earned Juris Doctor degree from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and her Bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University
  • To uphold the Constitutions and law and NOT legislate from the bench
  • Judicial independence, a strict constructionist; transparency in the court system
  • Be devoted to public service and a good steward of taxpayer funds
Ron Folino Click here for more information about this candidate 929,552 votes 16.4%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Common Pleas Court Judge
  • Penn State University, magna cum laude
  • Dickinson School of Law, honor society
  • 14 years experience as a judge
  • 13 years experience as a lawyer prior
  • rated #1 in impartiality out of 70 state and federal judges in an independent Bar Association survey
  • #1 in judicial temperament, #3 in legal ability, and #2 in diligence
  • To continue to deliver fair and impartial justice to all persons
  • Encourage Superior Court to publish more written opinions explaining its decisions
  • Promote confidence in the judiciay through diligence and competence
John Milton Younge Click here for more information about this candidate 852,537 votes 15.1%
  • Party: Democratic
  • Occupation: Judge, Court of Common Pleas
  • 10 years as Trial judge with Court of Common Pleas
  • 10 years of service at the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Dep. Exec. Director and General Counsel
  • 1977, Boston University, B.S
  • 1981, Howard University School of Law, J.D.
  • Judges need the independence to fairly interpret the constitution and resolve disputes without political interference
  • Judges must have both decisional independence and institutional independence
  • Decisional independence means the freedom to issue decisions that may be constitutionally sound but politically unpopular.
Bruce F. Bratton Click here for more information about this candidate 834,445 votes 14.7%
  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Judge, Court of Common Pleas
  • Penn State grad
  • Served his country in Vietnam
  • 25 years broad legal experience
  • 11 years as Solicitor to Dauphin County Controller
  • Served as Susquehanna Twp. Supervisor
  • Nominated to Court by Tom Ridge in 2001
  • I have a rather conservative view on most matters, particularly with regard to the role of a judge
  • I believe a judge does not serve a policy-making function and should, therefore, restrict himself or herself to interpreting and applying the law a
  • A judge is to put aside all personally held beliefs and decide the cases which come before him or her by applying the law to the facts and do so impar

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