Archive for December, 2009

Dec 30 2009

More Praise for Merit Selection

Retired federal judge Lee Sarokin praises Merit Selection in his latest contribution to the Huffington Post. He first notes the big problem of money in judicial elections: essay edit service Can you imagine a lawyer or litigant walking up to the bench in the middle of a trial and handing the judge a check as […]

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Dec 28 2009

Times-Tribune: Change to Merit Selection

An editorial in the Times-Tribune of Scranton quotes PMC’s analysis of the cost of the 2009 Pennsylvania Supreme Court election, noting: Pennsylvania once again leads the nation, as it did in the 2007-2008 election cycle, in the cost of statewide judicial elections. But there is a twist this time, in that the cost is in […]

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Dec 23 2009

PA Judges Come With High Price Tags

Dave Davies of the Philadelphia Daily News wrote yesterday in response to Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts’ press release on the huge amount of money spent by the candidates and third-parties on this year’s PA Supreme Court race. Data from the current year is still incomplete, yet PMC reports that at least $4.5 million has already […]

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Dec 22 2009

New Records May Be Set by 2009 PA Supreme Court Election

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts today announced that the 2009 Supreme Court election between Republican Joan Orie Melvin (the winning candidate) and Democrat Jack Panella is likely to set new fundraising and spending records.  The final numbers are not yet in, as candidates can continue to raise funds until the end of the year.  But we […]

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Dec 21 2009

Merck Stays Out of Judicial Campaign Contribution Game

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Some friends in the corporate world share our concerns about the role of money in judicial elections. Merck VP, Charles R. Grezlak, told the Center for Political Accountability, a nonprofit group working towards greater transparency in political spending, that the pharmaceutical company would no longer make donations to state supreme court candidates. Merck’s decision came […]

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Dec 21 2009

Merit Selection Ends the Money Game

In a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer, PMC’s Shira Goodman argues that Merit Selection ends the money game that is so much a part of judicial elections.  Remember, much of the money that funds appellate court election campaigns comes from lawyers, law firms, businesses, unions and others with cases before the appellate courts.  In addition, […]

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Dec 16 2009

O’Connor Judicial Selection Initiative Pushes for Merit

Published by under Merit Selection,News

CNN reported yesterday that retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a long-time advocate of merit-selection, has lent her name and her support to a project that will work to change the way state judges reach the bench. While many states already have some form of merit selection in place, others, including Pennsylvania, continue […]

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Dec 15 2009

Judges “Unfriending” Lawyers in Florida

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Judges in Florida should take advice from the country music song and “find out who your friends are.” According to the Law Blog of the Wall Street Journal, Sunshine State jurists have been advised by the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee (FJEAC) to avoid becoming Facebook “friends” with lawyers who may appear before them in […]

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Dec 14 2009

Uniontown Paper Backs Merit Selection Bill

Published by under Merit Selection,Opinion

After admitting initial skepticism, the Herald Standard has come out in support of House Bill 1619, which would put an end to judicial elections at the appellate level by instituting a system of Merit Selection. On Friday the Uniontown paper had this to say about this to say about Pennsylvanian’s present politicized system of electing judges: […]

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Dec 11 2009

The House Judiciary Committee’s Merit Selection Hearing

We have now created a page devoted to Monday’s Merit Selection hearing before the Courts Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.  On this page, you will find information about the legislation, those who testified at the hearing and links to the testimony submitted by other interested organizations. The hearing was the first step in the […]

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