Archive for April, 2009

Apr 29 2009

“What’s Wrong with Electing Judges?”

Sheila Seuss Kennedy, a professor of law and public policy in Indiana, published an op-ed in the Indianopolis Star making the case against electing judges: What’s wrong with electing judges? The answer to that question involves the nature of a judge’s job. The ideal jurist should have solid legal skills, a “judicial temperament,” and unquestioned […]

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Apr 28 2009

Lawyers Helping Judges Get Elected

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The Public Opinion of Chambersburg has an in-depth article about the upcoming judicial elections.  It opens with this assessment of how elections work: Lawyers become judges with the help of their peers.  Judges will decide cases argued by the same lawyers who supported them or opposed them during the campaign. Judicial candidates bristle at the […]

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Apr 27 2009

Judges and Campaign Contributors

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The Allentown Morning Call, analyzing how often local judges end up presiding in cases involving campaign contributors, found that “[o]ut of seven judges examined, only one was found to have no cases involving significant donors.”  This review looked at the parties involved in civil cases, but did not include donations from lawyers or law firms.  […]

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Apr 23 2009

Talking About Judicial Selection in PA

Above Average Jane’s post today raises the question of how best to select judges in Pennsylvania: The question of whether or not judges should be elected at all comes up in a lot of the reading I’ve been doing. Since most voters don’t pay much attention to judicial races many of the campaign donors are […]

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Apr 23 2009

More Wisdom from Justice O’Connor

Addressing the St. Joseph County Bar Association in Indiana, retired United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor shared her wisdom and experience regarding judicial elections and declared that Merit Selection was the solution.  As the Chicago Tribune reports, Justice O’Connor explained that the money involved in judicial elections leads the public to have less […]

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Apr 21 2009

Fighting About Endorsements in Bucks County

The Bucks County Courier Times offers this update on our earlier post about the Bucks County Democratic and Republican parties joining together to endorse a slate of three candidates for the local courts.  Now, a bipartisan group of lawyers in the county has organized to support the election of that slate.  Three candidates also running […]

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Apr 20 2009

Tennessee Chief Justice Makes the Call: Merit Selection is the Way

The Memphis Flyer reports that Tennessee Chief Justice Janice Holder was very clear in her support for Merit Selection during her recent address to the Kiwanis Club.  Explaining why it is imperative that the Tennesse Merit Selection be renewed and continued, Chief Justice Holder offered an eye-opening explanation of the role of judges as referees: […]

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Apr 18 2009

An Update on the Quest for Party Discipline in Philadelphia

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The Clout column in the Philadelphia Daily News offers an update on a story we reported about the Philadelphia Democratic party’s effort to ensure that its endorsed local judicial candidates receive total party support: [Party leader Bob] Brady told ward leaders that their committeepeople would carry the party’s endorsed candidates this year or they could […]

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Apr 15 2009

Is Anyone Voting in Judicial Elections?

One of the main reasons critics offer for their opposition to Merit Selection is their belief in allowing people to vote.  This argument ignores the facts that implementing Merit Selection requires a vote by the people and that Merit Selection involves voting in retention elections.  In addition, the data unfortunately shows that people actually don’t […]

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Apr 13 2009

Making the Case for Merit Selection

The Committee for Economic Development, one of our partners in the effort to achieve Merit Selection, has posted an informative and compelling editorial from Trustee Landon Rowland outlining why Merit Selection makes good economic sense.  He explains why the courts and how judges are selected is so important: A fair and impartial judicial system matters […]

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