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Article published October 3, 2012
Metcalfe rips into judgefor decision on voter ID
HARRISBURG — State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe took aim Tuesday at the judge who issued a partial injunction on the state’s voter identification law. Metcalfe, R-12th, of Cranberry Township sponsored the controversial bill and spearheaded the effort to get it passed in the state Legislature six months ago. But all he could do was watch Tuesday as Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson ordered the state not to enforce the law in the Nov. 6 election. Simpson’s decision can be appealed to the state Supreme Court, although only five weeks remain before the election. In a fiery interview Tuesday, Metcalfe blasted Simpson as a judicial activist who made a ruling that is “out of bounds with the rule of law” and also the will of the people. Saying that “judicial activism is alive in Pennsylvania,” Metcalfe said Simpson essentially made himself a “legislator by legislating from the bench.” “Rather than making a ruling based on the constitution and the law, this judicial activist decision is skewed in favor of the lazy who refuse to exercise the necessary work ethic to meet the common sense requirements to obtain an acceptable photo ID,” he said. In addition Metcalfe said it is “beyond a dereliction of legal authority” for Simpson to “thwart the will of the people.”