Third Circuit Sets Oral Argument in Pennsylvania Minor Party Lawsuit Against Challenge/Court Costs System

The Third Circuit will hear Constitution Party of Pennsylvania v Aichele on March 4, Tuesday, at 1 p.m., in Philadelphia. The Courthouse is at 6th and Market Streets, and the courtroom is on the 19th floor. The issue is whether Pennsylvania’s unique petition challenge system, which subjects petitioning groups to court costs of as much as $110,000 if their statewide petition doesn’t have enough valid signatures, is constitutional. The lower court had ruled that the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties don’t have standing, even though in 2012 both the Constitution and Libertarian Party statewide petitions were challenged.

The three judges are Jane Roth, Kent Jordan, and Thomas Ambro. All three happen to be from Delaware. The Third Circuit covers Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

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