Little sweeps race for Zepp's bench

Full story: Evening Sun

Former Hanover police officer Tony J. Little beat out two other candidates to sweep the Democratic and Republican primary elections Tuesday for Magisterial District Judge for District 51-3-03. Little received more than 50 percent of the vote on both tickets, defeating attorney Gregory L. Hollinger and former police officer Douglas Fishel Jr.
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MES

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May 18, 2011
 
Way to go Tony! Im sure you will do a great job.
Maxine

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May 18, 2011
 
Congratulations Tony. You're the best man for the job.
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May 18, 2011
 
You did great and you didn't even have Todd Platts at the polls telling people to vote for you like eshbach did. Good luck and stay clean!
steve shellehamer

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May 18, 2011
 
Congratulations !
Hamiton Township Resident

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#5
May 18, 2011
 
You can tell Little only won because of his name. The only qualified candidate to do the job was Hollinger.
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#6
May 18, 2011
 
what does his name have to do with it? good job tony,
Hnover Res

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May 18, 2011
 
Hamiton Township Resident wrote:
You can tell Little only won because of his name. The only qualified candidate to do the job was Hollinger.
Doesn't take any qualifications to do that job. What are you talking about??????????
York Springs

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May 18, 2011
 
Hopefully someday soon, the legislators will change the laws and mandate that you have to be an attorney like a Commonwealth or superior court judge. That will stop the popularity contests and actually provide qualified canidates. Having a person in a District Justice position who is not an attorney is not good. Eventually people will realize this and learn. Clearly Mr. Little was elected only because of his association with the local fire departments. He is probably a nice guy, but he certainly did not compare in any manner to Attorney Hollinger.
Congratulations to all of the canidates who ran, it was a lot of work and effort.
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May 18, 2011
 
York Springs I couldn't agree more. People don't understand the purpose of a district magistrate (DM). They must provide an UNBIASED ruling that impacts your freedom and finances. Why do you think police officers are excluded from being jurors? If you contest a ticket that you think is unfair, do you think someone who spent 10 years writing those revenue generating tickets is going to give an unbiased opinion? How do you pass over someone who actually went to law school for someone working towards an online degree in "recreational law"? If you want to appeal a ruling from a DM for a ticket, you have to do it to the Court of Common Pleas at significant expense. There is a check and balance to the system, that's the whole point. The police should have to justify charges with actual evidence or prove the law was followed to the letter. You don't want an ex-cop deciding if your charges are fair. Zepp was fair. His replacement should be as well. because of their position of authority, the law says that police must be held to a higher standard to make sure your rights are observed. The alternative is spending thousands on legal council in state court to defend your rights.
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May 18, 2011
 
Way to go Sweet Chuck!!! Very proud of you!!!
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May 18, 2011
 
York Springs wrote:
Hopefully someday soon, the legislators will change the laws and mandate that you have to be an attorney like a Commonwealth or superior court judge. That will stop the popularity contests and actually provide qualified canidates. Having a person in a District Justice position who is not an attorney is not good. Eventually people will realize this and learn. Clearly Mr. Little was elected only because of his association with the local fire departments. He is probably a nice guy, but he certainly did not compare in any manner to Attorney Hollinger.
Congratulations to all of the canidates who ran, it was a lot of work and effort.
It's only a kangaroo court anyway. Take you case to the real court house with real court rooms.
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May 18, 2011
 
Really wrote:
York Springs I couldn't agree more. People don't understand the purpose of a district magistrate (DM). They must provide an UNBIASED ruling that impacts your freedom and finances. Why do you think police officers are excluded from being jurors? If you contest a ticket that you think is unfair, do you think someone who spent 10 years writing those revenue generating tickets is going to give an unbiased opinion? How do you pass over someone who actually went to law school for someone working towards an online degree in "recreational law"? If you want to appeal a ruling from a DM for a ticket, you have to do it to the Court of Common Pleas at significant expense. There is a check and balance to the system, that's the whole point. The police should have to justify charges with actual evidence or prove the law was followed to the letter. You don't want an ex-cop deciding if your charges are fair. Zepp was fair. His replacement should be as well. because of their position of authority, the law says that police must be held to a higher standard to make sure your rights are observed. The alternative is spending thousands on legal council in state court to defend your rights.
Yeah, Zepp was fair as long as you slip him a $100 bill.
York Springs

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May 19, 2011
 
Hnover Res wrote:
<quoted text>Doesn't take any qualifications to do that job. What are you talking about??????????
Dear Hanover resident, you obviously have no idea what a distict magistrate does and must know. The courts are not like what they were 20 years ago. A district magistrate tries summary traffic and criminal cases, determines prima facia in criminal cases, rules on evidentiary matters, decides civil complaints, contracts, landlord tenant. The rules of evidence must be applied. Running the office requires thorough knowledge of the current law and rules of criminal and civil procedure. A thorough knowledge of the AOPC system is required. Most people in society today have absolutely no idea of how knowledgeable a district justice has to be.
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May 20, 2011
 
Maybe if the other candidates went door to door and introduced themselves and explained why they wanted the job like Mr Little did, they would have won. Obviously he wanted the job more and has taken the necessary steps to educate himself to be able to do the job. Why are you worried about the fact that he is an ex-cop? If you didn't do anything wrong in the first place then there is nothing to worry about. Congratulations Mr. Little
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May 20, 2011
 
York Springs wrote:
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Dear Hanover resident, you obviously have no idea what a distict magistrate does and must know. The courts are not like what they were 20 years ago. A district magistrate tries summary traffic and criminal cases, determines prima facia in criminal cases, rules on evidentiary matters, decides civil complaints, contracts, landlord tenant. The rules of evidence must be applied. Running the office requires thorough knowledge of the current law and rules of criminal and civil procedure. A thorough knowledge of the AOPC system is required. Most people in society today have absolutely no idea of how knowledgeable a district justice has to be.
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May 20, 2011
 
New Oxford wrote:
Maybe if the other candidates went door to door and introduced themselves and explained why they wanted the job like Mr Little did, they would have won. Obviously he wanted the job more and has taken the necessary steps to educate himself to be able to do the job. Why are you worried about the fact that he is an ex-cop? If you didn't do anything wrong in the first place then there is nothing to worry about. Congratulations Mr. Little
The other canidates did go door to door. The other two canidates were and are far more educated and prepared, in fact one is qualified to be a commonwealth or superior court judge. The fact is there are more voters than there is time for any canidate to talk to each person. It is the responsibility of the voters to actually reasearch the education, experience and actual qualifications of the respective canidates. In this election, the voters simply did not understand and realize what is required to perform the duties of a district magistrate. When voters do not do that, they elect people who are not qualified.
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May 20, 2011
 
Mr. Little is truly the best man for the job. Candidates who lie about who they are to get people to sign their petitions do not deserve to win any election. Mr. Little is clearly striving to gain all the knowledge he can to do a great job for the community he has lived in all of his life. He is dedicated to this community. He is an honest and forthright man who will serve his community well.

Congratulations!!!
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May 20, 2011
 
Hamiton Township Resident wrote:
You can tell Little only won because of his name. The only qualified candidate to do the job was Hollinger.
Obviously the people who know Mr. Little think he is an outstanding man for the job or he would not have gotten the overwhelming votes. Sounds like someone is being a poor loser.
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May 20, 2011
 
Abbottstown wrote:
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The other canidates did go door to door. The other two canidates were and are far more educated and prepared, in fact one is qualified to be a commonwealth or superior court judge. The fact is there are more voters than there is time for any canidate to talk to each person. It is the responsibility of the voters to actually reasearch the education, experience and actual qualifications of the respective canidates. In this election, the voters simply did not understand and realize what is required to perform the duties of a district magistrate. When voters do not do that, they elect people who are not qualified.
Anybody can do any job. Not hard to wear a black dress and say guilty or not guilty.
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#20
Nov 9, 2011
 
goodbye zepp and thank god he was a evil little man who decided cases on how he felt that day not by looking at the facts .........welcome Mr. Little !!!! u had my vote !!!!!!!!!!

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