From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 14:49, 4 January 2011 by Leslie Graves (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
675px-Flag of Pennsylvania.svg.png
Pennsylvania on Ballotpedia

State measures
Pennsylvania local ballot measures
Local measures
The Pennsylvania project

Pennsylvania ballot news

Justice Eakin back to rhyming ways

Pennsylvania: Almost two months after his successful retention campaign, Justice J. Michael Eakin wrote a new opinion that features his characteristic verse. The ruling was handed down by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court yesterday and reverses the conviction of man found guilty of insurance fraud.[1] Perhaps Justice Eakin's poetry can explain it better, however:

Appellant was unhappy with his meager share, we guess —

comparing the two payouts, his disbursement was much less —

so six months later, in July, Mr. Goodson would appear

at a branch of First National Bank, and there he made it clear

that he’d a check made out to him, which he innocently presented

to open a new bank account — “from State Farm,” he represented.[2]

Eakin has been both praised and criticized for his unique writing style. Regardless of the opinions of the legal community, the voters seem to approve of his eccentric ways. In November he was retained for a new ten-year term with 73.6% of the vote.[3]

...more Pennsylvania political news

Pennsylvania Government

Government of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania ConstitutionSupreme CourtHouse of RepresentativesSenateGovernorLieutenant GovernorAttorney GeneralSecretary of State

Pennsylvania Counties

Ballots and elections

Laws and history

Media and activism

Pennsylvanians can vote on...

Statutes from citizens
Vetoing legislation by referendum
Recalling officials

Contribute to Ballotpedia

...get started now

Transparency and Judiciary

Pennsylvania on Sunshine Review
Pennsylvania Judges on Judgepedia
Pennsylvania Transparency on Sunshine Review Pennsylvania Judges on Judgepedia


  1., "Pennsylvania Justice Issues Another Rhyming Opinion," December 22, 2011
  2. Pennsylvania Courts, Opinion Announcing the Judge of the Court, December 21, 2011
  3. Pennsylvania Department of State, Unofficial Elections Returns