DROP court battle rages on

Two court appeals are expected to be filed today as lawyers try for a second time to prevent City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco and City Commissioner Marge Tartaglione from running for re-election in the May 17 primary.

Both are participants in the controversial DROP pension program, and their political opponents don't believe they should be allowed to run since they vowed to retire.

However, a Common Pleas Court judge the other week ruled otherwise.

The appeals are being submitted to the Commonwealth Court, which will soon likely state whether it will hear oral arguments or simply render an opinion in an expedited fashion.

A similar appeal is already pending before the Commonwealth Court concerning a third DROP participant also seeking public office, Councilman Frank Rizzo.

3 p.m. UPDATE: The appeals have indeed been filed.

5:30 p.m. UPDATE: The Commonwealth Court just said that in the Rizzo case it will not hear oral arguments. Expect the same decision in regards to the Tasco and Tartaglione cases.

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