Archive for September, 2011

Sep 30 2011

Twisting judicial arms to support party politics

Philadelphia’s Democratic Party invited 27 city judges to a breakfast this week, at which each judge was asked to contribute $10,000 to assure party support in retention elections, according to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The article reports that, according to witnesses, the request was accompanied by a warning indicating that party support might […]

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Sep 27 2011

Williamsport Sun-Gazette endorses Merit Selection

In a recent editorial, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette has roundly endorsed Merit Selection for choosing Pennsylvania judges. stanford mba essays The editorial exhorts Pennsylvanians to critically examine their recent votes in judicial elections, and how they decided who they would vote for. The editorial notes that political party should not be a determining factor in who […]

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Sep 26 2011

The Quest to Find a Better Way

An article in Reuters examines an effort occupying several states: the quest to find a better way to select judges. The article profiles the ongoing debate in Tennessee over whether to continue its Merit Selection system.  Defenders of the current system, including the legal and business communities, argue that ” judicial elections would lead to […]

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Sep 23 2011

Wisconsin: Time for Merit Selection?

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An editorial in the Oshkosh Northwestern examines the Wisconsin Supreme Court, beleaguered by what the editorial identifies as “partisan rancor” and “intra-court antagonism,” and offers recommendations on how to repair the Court’s reputation and restore its credibility. solar panels for home write a paper The editorial notes that suggestions by Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson to […]

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Sep 21 2011

“Voters Deserve Better”

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A Lancaster Online editorial predicts that the new proposal for Merit Selection of statewide appellate court judges in Pennsylvania may see some political success this time around. “Many people are growing ever more concerned about the increasingly expensive and partisan elections. Also, the Luzerne County ‘kids for cash’ scandal cast a long shadow over the […]

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Sep 19 2011

The Times-Tribune urges Legislature to approve Merit Selection

In an editorial posted Sunday, the Times-Tribune of Scranton strongly supports Merit Selection and the constitutional amendment recently introduced in the Pennsylvania Legislature to change the way the state selects judges. rv solar panels The editorial examines the corruption trial of State Senator Jane Orie, who is charged with using public resources to conduct her […]

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Sep 17 2011

“Time to Appoint PA’s Top Judges?” Take the Poll

An editorial in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer offers a positive review of the introduction of Merit Selection legislation in the General Assembly. The editorial cites the 2010 Poll that found that 93% of the Pennsylvanians surveyed want the opportunity to vote on whether to change how we choose appellate judges.  The editorial quotes PMC: “voters unquestionably […]

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Sep 14 2011

PMC releases a new educational video on Merit Selection

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts releases a new educational video today that explains the numerous problems inherent in electing appellate court judges, how implementing a Merit Selection system would solve those problems, and how Merit Selection works. Supporters of Merit Selection, including former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Superior Court Judges Phyllis Beck and […]

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Sep 14 2011

General Assembly to Take Up Merit Selection

PMC and PMCAction are pleased to announce that Representative Bryan Cutler (R -Lancaster ) along with Representative Josh Shapiro (D -Montgomery), has introduced legislation that would amend the Constitution to institute a Merit Selection system for Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. The legislation consists of two bills. The first, H.B. 1815, is a constitutional amendment. The second, […]

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Sep 13 2011

Looking back, and looking forward

In an article in the Columbia Daily Tribune, Skip Walther reflects on the history of the Missouri Plan, the first Merit Selection system adopted by any state. Walther discusses the Plan’s humble origins in a Missouri hotel, where civic leaders met to form the Missouri Institute for the Administration of Justice. The system that the […]

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