Ex-justices sue again over judge retirement ballot question

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Two former state Supreme Court justices and a lawyer are launching another legal challenge to the wording of a constitutional amendment that would give state judges five more years before they have to retire.

The three filed a lawsuit Monday in Commonwealth Court that repeated their previous claim that the ballot question misleads voters into possibly falsely concluding there is no existing age limit for judges.

The state constitution currently requires justices, judges and district judges to retire at the end of the year in which they turn 70. The amendment would increase that to age 75.

The high court earlier this month deadlocked in a 3-3 tie on the same plaintiffs’ previous lawsuit, effectively putting the question to voters on Nov. 8 without reference to the existing age limit.

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