Attorneys for the Tom Knox supporters trying to get Bob Brady booted from the ballot asked that a judge not give in to Brady’s request to have the appeal go directly to the Supreme Court in a filing today.
Knox attorney Paul Rosen argued in his petition that Brady’s attorney are “forum shopping” to try to get the decision out of the hand of the Commonwealth Courts, which Rosen says have ruled against candidates like Brady who left required financial information off their disclosure forms.
“Commonwealth Court has ruled on two separate occasions that pensions are not governmentally mandated,” Rosen wrote.
Brady attorney Stephen Cozen says that the appeal should be heard directly by the Supreme Court to expedite the process of public importance. He says the Knox and Dwight Evans campaigns are just trying to slow Brady down.
“The Knox and Evans campaigns are attempting to keep this issue alive in order to impede the Brady campaign,” Cozen wrote in a filing last week.
A judge ruled last month that Brady should have included a pension that the local carpenters union credits for him, but that it wasn’t a fatal flaw and could be amended.
Rosen writes that the court’s decision was made “solely because it disagreed with the Legislature. Pennsylvania courts have repeatedly imposed this same sanction on other candidates for the same violence.”
Commonwealth Court is expected to hear arguments next Monday but a decision could come sooner than that.