Archive for January, 2010

Jan 29 2010

The Time is Now

PMC Deputy Director Shira Goodman attended this week’s Georgetown Law-Aspen Institute conference focused on selecting judges in the wake of the Caperton and Citizens United decisions. Goodman reports that there were two clear messages: First, judicial elections are about to become even more expensive, partisan and divisive. The second and more optimistic message is that […]

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Jan 27 2010

Sandra Day O’Connor on Judicial Elections After Citizens United: A Bad System Made Worse

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Adam Liptak  reported yesterday on retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s keynote address at a Georgetown law school conference devoted in part to last week’s divisive Supreme Court decision in Citizens United. O’Connor, a long-time opponent of electing judges, was clear in her criticism of the decision and its implications for judicial elections: In […]

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Jan 25 2010

Money Rollin' In, Credibility Rollin' Out: The Citizens United Decision and the PA Judiciary

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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Citizens United to allow corporations and unions to directly spend money in support of political candidates, much attention has been paid to the ruling’s implications on future presidential and legislative elections. Yet commentators have been slower to point out how the decision could effect judicial […]

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Jan 22 2010

Will a flood of corporate spending in judicial elections cause PA to lose (even more) faith in the judiciary?

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Rick Hasen, renowned election law scholar and author of the Election Law Blog, wrote on the New York Times Room for Debate blog yesterday that the Citizens United decision is Bad News for Judicial Elections. Today’s decision casts . . . aside . . . the fiction that candidates do not feel beholden to those […]

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Jan 22 2010

Local Responses to Citizens United Decision

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Yesterday the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, overturning two Court precedents and effectively striking down decades of law intended to keep corporate money from influencing elections. After yesterday’s ruling corporations and unions will be allowed to spend money from their treasuries to directly advocate […]

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Jan 21 2010

Historic U.S. Supreme Court Decision Will Let the Money Roll In to PA Judicial Elections

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PMC and PMCAction released this press release today in response to the United States Supreme Court’s latest decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shira Goodman/Lynn Marks Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and PMCAction (o) 215-569-1150; (m) 215-680-1163 U.S. Supreme Court Lets the Money Roll In to Judicial Elections Pennsylvanians […]

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Jan 20 2010

Judicial Elections and the Texas Connection

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In today’s San Antonio Current, local attorney and columnist Aaron Haas laments the use of judicial elections as a means of choosing judges in his home state. Haas recounts instances of judicial incompetence he has encountered while practicing and suggests that this, in part, may be a result of what he sees as a backwards […]

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Jan 19 2010

Court chasing its tail in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has proposed an order ruling that judges can’t be forced to recuse themselves from hearing a case solely on account of having received a campaign contribution from one of the litigants. The order offers a valid argument supporting this rule: Disqualifying a judge from participating in a proceeding solely because the […]

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Jan 18 2010

Remembering MLK

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Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today we remember Dr. King’s life and his unfaltering dedication to service in the face of extreme adversity. His memory inspires us to […]

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Jan 14 2010

The Money Effect

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A recent report by the nonprofit, nonpartisan National Institute for Money in State Politics shows that money and incumbency were the two largest factors in determining the results of judicial elections.  Candidates running in partisan elections, where contenders are backed by political parties, averaged as much as triple the money raised by those running in […]

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