Archive for June, 2009

Jun 30 2009

Electing Judges is Absurd

Published by under Judges,Opinion

Last week, Pennsylvania Common Cause released a report analyzing political donations and campaign contributions by the gaming industry in Pennsylvania. The report reveals “that the gaming industry gave $4.4 million in campaign contributions to political candidates and committees in the state from 2001-08.” Among the candidates who received contributions were some current and former members […]

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Jun 29 2009

One Dollar Is Too Much

Published by under Judges,News,Our Perspective

As the Caperton decision continues to make waves around the country, an article in the Bucks County Courier Times highlights its impact in our region.  The context is the current judicial election contest in Bucks County.  (PMC and PMCAction do not endorse or support any judicial candidates, but we report about campaign activities or candidate […]

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Jun 26 2009

Pennsylvania Needs Change

In the wake of the Caperton decision, WHYY’s Chris Satullo criticizes Pennsylvania’s judicial election system: Here’s what electing judges does. It forces them to beg campaign cash from the very people who would appear before them in court. It forces voters to choose from clogged slates of unknown names. Not surprisingly, those voters fall back […]

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Jun 23 2009

“How Much is Too Much?” is the Wrong Question

This past weekend, the American Constitution Society held its annual conference in Washington D.C.  One of the panels addressed the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Caperton and its impact on states that elect How To Get Your Ex Girlfriend Back From Long Distance Relationship judges. According to the Blog of the Legal Times and […]

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Jun 22 2009

“The Real Problem is the Election of Judges”

An editorial in the News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina examines the Caperton decision and how it impacts a state like North Carolina that uses a system of public financing for its judicial elections: Although most statewide judicial candidates participate in a public campaign financing system, that’s not a safeguard against big-money influence. Blankenship […]

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Jun 18 2009

Caperton Matters to All of Us

In an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, PMC Board Chair Bob Heim explains the impact of the Caperton decision and outlines a solution to the poisonous effect of money on judicial elections: So what does [Caperton] mean for those of us who don’t have $50 million at stake? A lot. There’s no question that, regardless […]

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Jun 17 2009

More PA Newspapers Are Calling for Merit Selection

The calls for judicial selection reform in Pennsylvania in the wake of the Caperton decision continue.  This week, the York Daily Record and the Lebanon Daily News joined the call for Merit Selection: [W]hy do we hold elections for [appellate court judges]. . . . It’s a good question — one we have been asking […]

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Jun 16 2009

We Can Do Something About the Problems Caused When Money and Judges Mix

An editorial in the Austin American-Statesman minces no words in pointing out a major problem caused by electing judges: Elections mean money. Money means problems. Elections and money and judges mean, at the least, a damaging perception of big problems. . . . [The campaign contributions involved in Caperton] seem[ed] like a prudent investment. But […]

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Jun 15 2009

Philadephia Bar Association Calls for Merit Selection

In a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Sayde Ladov reaffirms the Philadelphia Bar Association’s long-standing support for Merit Selection.  Noting the Caperton decision and the recent Merit Selection legislation introduced into the Pennsylvania legislature, Chancellor Ladov explains: With the U.S. Supreme Court bringing more attention to this issue, we must work […]

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Jun 12 2009

Pennsylvanians Are Talking About Merit Selection

An article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review explores how the Caperton decision is motivating discussion and dialouge in Pennsylvania.  According to Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald Castille , the decision “raises questions for an elected judiciary.”  He noted that Pennsylvania judgesand justices will need to explore whether recusal rules need to be rewritten. But the issues go […]

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