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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has selected a Luzerne County senior judge to oversee the challenge to U.S. Rep. Bob Brady’s mayoral bid. The northeastern Pennsylvania president judge emeritus, Patrick J. Toole Jr., will hear arguments from lawyers for mayoral candidates Tom Knox and Dwight Evans as to whether Brady’s omission on financial disclosure forms of a city pension is enough to kick him off the ballot. Counsel for Knox � the self-made millionaire whose frequent TV ads herald his humble beginnings and anti-corruption agenda � will be leading the charge to knock the congressman out of the mayor’s race. Knox’s attorney, Paul Rosen of Spector Gadon & Rosen, had urged Philadelphia Common Pleas Court President Judge C. Darnell Jones II to request from the state Supreme Court a judge from another county; Rosen pointed out that Jones had made such a request just days earlier in a heavily contested gaming-related matter. In a recent letter to Jones, Rosen reasoned that as leader of the Democratic City Committee, Brady has “been involved in the support of political lives of many of the judges in this judicial district who could be involved with deciding his fate.” Rosen said lawyers for Knox’s and Evans’ campaigns are working together on the challenge. “I’m running it as counsel, and Carl Singley is my liaison to the Dwight Evans people,” Rosen said. The first hearing on the case is set for Tuesday morning in a City Hall courtroom, according to Brady’s attorney, Stephen A. Cozen of Cozen O’Connor. “He seems OK to me,” Cozen said of Toole’s being picked to preside over the hearing. According to Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts spokesman Stu Ditzen, an out-of-county judge request from a county’s president judge first goes to Diane Bowser, the AOPC’s judicial assignment administrator. Bowser consults with the state’s senior judges on availability, with the high court’s chief justice having final approval over Bowser’s selection, Ditzen said.

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