Freedom Graduate to Decide Pa. Voter ID Case

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson, who will decide voter ID case, is known as a "fair minded jurist."


Judge Robert E. Simpson of Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court - a Lehigh Valley native - is the man who will decided a case challenging the state's controversial Voter ID law.

Simpson, 60, graduated from in Bethlehem and lives in Nazareth. 

He's known as a fair-minded jurist who makes decisions based on the law rather than political ideology. 


  • Was elected to the Commonwealth Court in 2001
  • Served as a trial judge in Northampton County from 1989 through 2001
  • Previously practiced as a trial lawyer
  • Is a magna cum laude graduate of Dickinson College and a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law
  • Served as law clerk to the Honorable Glenn E. Mencer of the Commonwealth Court
Frightwingslayer August 14, 2012 at 08:38 PM
What's to figure out..The state already admitted there is no fraud. They should toss it out and save the taxpayers the millions of bucks it'll cost to put it into effect...Simple!
Michael August 15, 2012 at 03:15 PM
The standard for government restrictions on civil rights is that it can only be done to advance a legitimate state interest and can be no broader than necessary to accomplish that interest. Here, the government admitted that the supposed interest—in-person voting fraud—had not actually occurred, and the measure taken to advance that nonexistent interest is the disenfranchisement of a million voters. I honestly don’t understand how a judge could fail to enjoin such legislation. He sure comes across as a partisan Republican operative in this case.


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