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STFriday: judicial age limits, the governor's race and the Harrisburg Marathon

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Nov 7, 2013 1:58 PM

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Chief Justice Ronald Castille has been retained for another 10-year term on the state Supreme Court. He received the support of nearly 70 percent of voters on Election Day.  But Castille is also closing on age 70, the mandatory retirement age for judges per the state constitution.

A measure to raise the mandatory retirement age to 75 has already cleared both the state House and Senate with bipartisan support. But amendments to the constitution must be passed in two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly before they can be put to the voters for ratification.

Smart Talk Friday will examine the issue and the legislation with the help of Ken Gormley, Dean of the Duquesne University School of Law.

Later, Franklin & Marshall College Poll Director Terry Madonna will join the show to discuss Governor Corbett's newly-launched re-election campaign. Madonna's latest poll finds that just one in five voters believes Corbett is doing an "excellent" or "good" job as governor.

We'll also discuss the financial crisis in the School District of Philadelphia with WHYY reporter Kevin McCorry.

Finally, we'll have a preview of this weekend's Harrisburg Marathon. About 1,400 runners will take part in 26.2 mile race this Sunday.

What makes them tick? Find out on Smart Talk Friday.


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Danielle Diantoniis of Hershey and Mike Percherke of Enola are getting ready for Sunday's Harrisburg Marathon.

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  • Frank McManus img 2013-11-08 09:37

    Whenever age criteria for the elderly are discussed in journalistic contexts, someone always says that "average life expectancy has increased by x over the past fifty years," or some similar statement. But this statistic is never relevant to the subject being discussed. No one cares what the "average" life expectancy is for these topics; the only thing that matters is the average life expectancy for those who have lived long enough for the question to become relevant.

    In the case of judges, that means the relevant statistic should be "the average life expectancy of people who are old enough to become judges."

    Average life expectancy has risen for many reasons, but surely one of the more important ones is that children today are much more likely to live to adulthood than they were many years ago. But this fact says nothing relevant about the life expectancy of judges. (Nor does it say anything relevant about the life expectancy of Social Security recipients, the other important public issue where this subject is abused.)

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