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Democrats avoid clashes in first of two Pa. high court forums

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 30, 2015 1:08 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Five Democrats seeking nominations for Pennsylvania's highest court fielded a barrage of questions at a candidates' forum in Harrisburg but avoided clashes with one another.

During more than an hour of discussion Wednesday at Widener University Law School, the candidates discussed topics as diverse as the death penalty, the influence of outside money in judicial politics and what qualities voters are looking for in choosing justices to fill an unprecedented three open seats on the state Supreme Court.

A similar forum for the six Republican candidates is scheduled for today.

Taking part in the forum were Superior Court judges Christine Donohue, Anne Lazarus and David Wecht, Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty, and Allegheny County Judge Dwayne Woodruff.

Jefferson County Judge John Foradora did not participate.

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