Third Circuit judges to hear GOP appeal in Lewis case tomorrow

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals today granted Republicans a rehearing of the Carl Lewis ballot case.

According to the order, the Court will hear oral arguments at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with fifteen minutes allocated to each side.

Lewis will remain on the ballot pending further court action.

The hearing will be before a larger group of judges than the panel of three who ruled last week to reverse a decision by federal Judge Noel Hillman barring 8th District Senate hopeful Lewis from the general election ballot.

“The judgment of the District Court, entered Sept. 7, 2011, is hereby reversed,” wrote Circuit Judge Thomas L. Ambro in the 2-1 decision by the three-judge panel.

Republican attorney Mark Sheridan immediately vowed to appeal the ruling, resulting in tomorrow’s hearing.