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Court of Common Pleas Judge 12th Judicial District (Dauphin County)

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    ED MARSICO (Dem, Rep) District Attorney

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What is the most important quality in a judge?

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused from a case?

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?

Campaign Phone (717) 329-7856
Campaign Email marsico18@comcast.net
Education University of Notre Dame, BA Government; Dickinson School of Law, J.D.
Qualifications Served as District Attorney 2000-17; Deputy District Attorney 1988-2000. Tried over 100 cases before a jury and countless other courtroom appearances. Created Child Abduction Recovery Team and Kids' Court to protect children; initiated Drug and Veterans' Court to get treatment for offenders and keep them out of jail; started Elder Abuse Task Force with county commissioners to safeguard seniors.
Twitter @edmarsico
Municipality Lower Paxton Township
Good judgment is the most important quality for a judge to possess. Having the ability to listen to the facts of a case and apply the law fairly and impartially requires one to have good judgment, or more simply, common sense. To make the right decision requires experience with the law and the ability to understand the problems of the people in the courtroom. Good judgment necessarily includes integrity, which entails doing the right thing for the right reason.
I would recuse myself from a case if I had a conflict of interest or there would be an appearance of impropriety if I handled the case. As District Attorney, I have referred cases to the Attorney General when that occurred.
Both on and off the bench, judges must educate our community about our legal system. Public confidence in our system is paramount and access to the courts must be guaranteed.
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Campaign Phone (717) 576-8148
Education Temple University: BA Political Science (1988) University of Maryland School of Law: JD (1991)
Qualifications I am currently a Partner with the firm of Goldberg Katzman with more than 25 years of experience trying cases in state and federal courts across the Commonwealth, with over 200 trials. I served as a member of the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission for 5 years. I was also appointed as a Member of the PBA's taskforce on the Code of Judicial Conduct.
Municipality Swatara TWP
INTEGRITY: There can be no doubt that legal knowledge and experience are important prerequisites for anyone seeking a position as a judge. However, in my opinion integrity is the quality that best insures that a judge will discharge his duties fairly and impartially. Parties that appear before the Court can be assured that a judge with integrity is honestly and fairly reviewing their case or controversy without bias or favor.
As a judge I would recuse myself in any situation in which my fairness or impartiality was questioned. If a party or a party's lawyer raised a legitimate concern about my ability to fairly preside over a matter, I would err on the side of recusal to preserve the integrity of the court and insure that the parties or lawyers can proceed without question about my ability to make decisions fairly and impartially.
When the justice system is inaccessible to those who cannot afford counsel, we fail to achieve equal justice under the law. As a judge, though I could not legislate funding for legal services, courts can be proactive. As judge, I would seek to maintain a well-supplied public law library with easy to use self-help forms, made available online as well. I would encourage the local bar, law schools and religious organizations to promote legal clinics and pro bono programs for those who are indigent.
Campaign Phone (717) 576-7984
Education B.A. in English University of Vermont 1975 J.D. Capital University 1977
Qualifications Admitted to PA Supreme Court May 1978. Practiced family and employment law for 38 years throughout Central PA. I was appointed June 2016 by unanimous confirmation to Dauphin county court. Serve in Family law, Orphans Court and civil division. I preside over Naturalization Court. I also serve on the Self Help committee to help self-represented clients prepare their own legal documents and am a strong advocate for attorneys to volunteer services to help indigent litigants.
Municipality Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas
The most important quality of a judge is judicial temperament. Certainly intellect, knowledge of and respect for the law, dedication to your work, respect for the people who appear before you, as well as prior experience in a court room setting are extremely important and necessary for any judge to be effective. However, the right judicial temperament will impart to the litigants and attorneys who practice before that judge that their case has been heard fairly and impartially.
I have had the experience during my term on the bench of dealing with such circumstances. Recusal is required where there is the potential or appearance of a conflict of interest that would affect my impartiality. Since I took the bench, after heading a law firm for many decades, I have represented thousands of people. I would necessarily recuse myself in a case involving a former client, or former law partner or associate, unless that client and opposing party waived the conflict.
Both before and after joining the bench, I have been committed to pro bono service whereby attorneys volunteer their services at no charge enabling the underserved to be represented in court. Having counsel greatly enhances one's access to justice. I have also volunteered since joining the bench to serve on the Self Help Committee to develop plain language forms to assist people in preparing their own complaints for custody, divorce, etc. and represent themselves effectively in court.

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