Archive for January, 2012

Jan 31 2012

Alabamans Question Hyper-Partisan Judicial Elections

The Eufaula Tribune has written an editorial decrying the current state of Alabama’s judicial politics.  The paper reported that it received a note from Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Chuck Malone stating that “For the first time, we have a completely Republican Supreme Court and I am honored to be able to serve the people […]

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Jan 31 2012

Trying to Solve the Money Problem

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We know that the public is increasingly concerned about the influence campaign contributions to judicial candidates may have in the courtroom.  Yet, many states, including Pennsylvania, continue to elect judges in expensive elections that essentially require judicial campaigns to seek funds from lawyers, law firms, businesses, unions and other special interest groups with frequent litigation […]

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Jan 27 2012

Judges Should Let Opinions Speak for Them

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that controversy is brewing about Supreme Court Justice Max Baer’s comments about the Supreme Court’s forthcoming opinion in the redistricting case.  where to buy steroids online The Court issued an order in the case late Wednesday, but the opinion is not expected until some time next week.  Justice Baer made comments […]

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Jan 25 2012

Legal Intelligencer Calls for Merit Selection

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The Legal Intelligencer (subscription required) joined Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts by endorsing Merit Selection of Pennsylvania’s appellate judges.  The endorsement followed in the wake of the grand jury investigation of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin for allegedly using state employees to work on her political campaign for the Supreme Court.  The Intelligencer argued […]

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Jan 20 2012

Alabama and North Carolina Activists Move for Merit Selection

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Both North Carolina and Alabama are looking to Merit Selection as a means of ensuring that judges are selected based on qualifications, not money or partisanship. North Carolina pioneered publicly-funded judicial elections but fears for the future of that system after the US Supreme Court struck down Arizona’s similar “matching funds” public financing scheme.  The […]

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Jan 20 2012

Chicago Judges for Sale

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The Chicago Journal outlined the process for judicial selection in Cook County, Illinois as follows: “The Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Cook County buys judges with the promise of votes, naming them to the party’s official slate in exchange for implicit support.” Being named to the slate is key in winning any judicial […]

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Jan 18 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer Calls for Merit Selection

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In an editorial today, the Philadelphia Inquirer urges the legislature to act on pending Merit Selection legislation.  Although the paper has supported Merit Selection for a long time, the impetus for the call today was the pending investigation of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin for improper use of her judicial staff for her […]

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Jan 18 2012

Judicial Politics in Wisconsin Undermines Public Trust

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The courts have become a football in Wisconsin’s ongoing political fights.  Wisconsin’s judges, like those in Pennsylvania, are elected, and judicial elections have become markedly more contentious since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s row with the state’s labor unions last year.  The Wisconsin State Journal has called for merit selection stating:  Wisconsin’s broken system for selecting […]

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Jan 17 2012

Times-Tribune Calls for Merit Selection in Wake of Melvin Investigation

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The Scranton Times-Tribune published a January 14th editorial calling on the Pennsylvania Legislature to enact merit selection of state appellate judges.  This move was prompted by the delivery of a target letter to Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.  The Times-Tribune echoed PMC’s call for Justice Melvin to step down pending the grand jury investigation or […]

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Jan 13 2012

PMC in the News

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There has been extensive news coverage of the revelation that Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin is the target of an on-going grand jury investigation about the use of government staff for election activities.  In the wake of those revelations, PMC called on the Justice to temporarily step aside from her judicial duties; PMC also […]

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