Archive for February, 2011

Feb 25 2011

Judges Work for the People

In an op-ed in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, PMC’s Lynn Marks and Shira Goodman argue that in the wake of the Luzerne County scandal, there remains a fundamental question for Pennsylvania to answer: help with essay What does it mean to be a judge?The answer should be simple: A judge is a public servant sworn to […]

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Feb 23 2011

North Carolina Voters Wary of Courtroom Cash

A new public opinion poll in North Carolina show just how corrosive judicial elections are to public confidence in a fair and impartial judiciary. The poll, which was conducted by the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, and our friends at the Justice at Stake Campaign, ” finds that 94 percent of North Carolina voters […]

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Feb 18 2011

Take Back Our Courthouses

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PMC issued the following press release following the announcement of the jury’s verdict in the federal corruption trial of former Luzerne County judge Mark Ciavarella: Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC), reacting to the federal jury’s verdict in the trial of former Luzerne County judge Mark Ciavarella, urged the public to “Take back our courthouses.” Executive […]

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Feb 17 2011

Alabama Courts, Vegas Style

An editorial in yesterday’s Anniston Star compares Alabama’s costly Supreme Court elections to “a figurative walk down the Las Vegas strip: All lights, all flash — and all about money.” The reputation of this state’s Supreme Court elections is solidified thanks to election cycle after election cycle of exorbitant races that muddy the line between […]

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Feb 16 2011

Where Did that Campaign Money Go?

We didn’t need any more evidence that the role of money in judicial elections is a big problem.  Surveys consistently show that at least 75% of people believe that campaign contributions affect judicial decision-making in the courtroom.  Those numbers are likely to rise because, as the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, yesterday’s cross examination of former Luzerne […]

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Feb 15 2011

Republican State Committee Announces Judicial Endorsements

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At a February 12th meeting in Harrisburg, Republican State Committee members endorsed candidates for open seats on two statewide appellate court.  Bucks County lawyer Anne Covey was the GOP committee’s choice for an opening on the Commonwealth Court; former Cumberland County Republican Committee Chairman Vic Stabile received an endorsement for a seat on the Superior Court. Both […]

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Feb 15 2011

Wisconsin Predicts Low Turnout In Primary

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The polls are open in Wisconsin, but the predictions for voter turnout are grim. According to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a vote that will determine who will be on the ballot for a spot on the state Supreme Court in April could be decided by 1/10th of the eligible voters. Four people […]

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Feb 14 2011

New York Court Rule Addresses Problem of Campaign Donors as Litigants

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The New York Times, the New York Law Journal, and the ABA Journal report that New York is taking on the issue of money and its influence in trial courts. New York’s Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman will announce a new state court rule on Tuesday in his 2011 State of the Judiciary address. The new […]

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Feb 09 2011

PMC’s Shira Goodman on WILK Radio

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Shira Goodman, Deputy Director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, will make an appearance on WILK Newsradio, 103.1 FM, at 4:05 EST this afternoon. She’ll discuss state policy about gifts to judges, and the corruption trial of former Luzerne County judge Mark Ciavarella, with host Steve Corbett.

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Feb 09 2011

Open Seats on the Intermediate Appellate Courts Create Election Speculation

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This year, there is one seat open on both the Superior and Commonwealth courts. Those who wish to run in the May primary must wait until February 17 to circulate nominating petitions, and they have until March 8 to gather the 1,000 voter signatures that they need. Leaders of the state Democratic Party met in […]

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