Archive for October, 2009

Oct 30 2009

Partisan Judges?

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Wait, did we say partisan judges? Isn’t the very term antithetical to the core principle of independent judges and an independent judiciary? Of course it is. But partisan judges are the necessary outcome of our current judicial election system because they are nominated by parties and run on party labels. A column by Eric Heyl […]

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Oct 30 2009

Where is the Public Value in Electing Judges?

Peter Decoursey, Capitol Wire Bureau Chief, asks (subscription required) “Where’s the Public Value” in the current Supreme Court Election.  After discussing the traditional low voter turn-out for judicial elections and the difficulty voters have in getting information relevant to deciding who should serve on the bench, Decoursey concludes: So you have an election for this […]

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Oct 30 2009

Don’t Elect Statewide Judges

John Baer of the Philadelphia Daily News argued in his column earlier this week that: “THE NASTY RACE for state Supreme Court is making yet another strong case for not electing statewide judges.” Baer notes that the recent dispute between Supreme Court candidates Jack Panella and Joan Orie Melvin over campaign contributions and their current […]

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Oct 29 2009

Elections Bring out the Worst in our Best Judges

Just a few days ago, we reported on a negative banner ad that ran briefly and was sponsored by the Republican Party of PA in support of its judicial candidates. That banner featured a Soviet-style hammer and sickle inside the “O” of Obama. No, the president is not running as a PA judicial candidate – […]

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Oct 29 2009

Paper Refuses to Make Judicial Endorsements — Backs Merit Selection Instead

An editorial in the Times-Tribune (Scranton) makes the case for replacing judicial elections with Merit Selection for the appellate courts.  Exhibit A is the current partisan — and in the last few days nasty — race between Republican Joan Orie Melvin and Democrat Jack Panella for the vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Judge Orie […]

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Oct 27 2009

Let’s Talk About Money

All of a sudden, other people seem to be doing our work for us, that is alerting the public to the evils of money in judicial elections.  Supreme Court candidates are challenging each other about campaign contributions, and the media is all over the story.  (Check out this story on NPR’s WHYY and articles in the Pittsburgh […]

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Oct 26 2009

Money is Poison

Published by under Judges,News

We’ve been talking about the poisonous influence of money in judicial elections for a long time.  Now, the candidates are talking about it, too. According to John Micek over at Capitol Ideas, Supreme Court candidate Joan Orie Melvin made this a topic of her address to the Press Club today.  She complained about the $1 […]

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Oct 26 2009

Supreme Court Candidate Debate Round-Up

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There’s been great coverage around the state of the debate Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC) co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and students at Temple’s Beasley School of Law.  Lynn Marks, executive director of PMC, after a glowing introduction by Beasley’s Dean JoAnne Epps, moderated the panel of questioners. PMC’s associate director […]

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Oct 22 2009

Supreme Court Candidates Face Off

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PMC, the League of Women Voters of PA and the Temple University Beasley School of Law Student Bar Association co-sponsored a debate between the candidates running for the vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  The candidates, Superior Court Judges Jack Panella and Joan Orie Melvin, answered questions about campaign contributions, recusal decisions, the Luzerne County […]

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Oct 21 2009

Why Is PMC Sponsoring a Debate Between the Supreme Court Candidates?

Tomorrow, Thursday October 22, PMC is co-sponsoring (with the League of Women Voters of PA, the Student Bar Association of the Temple University Beasley School of Law, Temple Law Republicans and Temple Law Democrats) a debate between the Supreme Court candidates.  Some have questioned why we are doing so in light of our efforts to […]

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