Archive for April, 2012

Apr 26 2012

Ask the Judiciary Committee to Vote Out the Merit Selection Bills So the People Can Decide

Published by under Merit Selection

The state legislature returns to business next week, and one of the items still pending before the House Judiciary Committee are the Merit Selection Bills (H.B. 1815 and H.B. 1816).  To start the constitutional amendment process — which will  culminate with the people voting on whether to change how we pick appellate court judges — […]

No responses yet

Apr 25 2012

Measure Keeps FL Nominating Commission Apolitical

Published by under Merit Selection

The Miami Herald has reported that Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commission has adopted a policy that bans members of the commission from financially contributing to or actively participating in any campaigns for state judicial elections. This measure prevents the commission, which compiles a list of candidates from which the governor must select his appointees for appellate […]

No responses yet

Apr 23 2012

LA Times: Judges Should Not Be Politicians

Published by under Our Perspective

An editorial in the LA Times endorsing certain incumbent judges argued that the election of judges is “most definitely different” than other elected officials. Specifically, the editorial acknowledges that the mark of a good jurist is not popularity, but the ability to be fair and impartial in their administration of justice and interpretation of the legal code. […]

No responses yet

Apr 17 2012

Oregon Judicial Selection Process Under Review

Published by under News

An Oregon committee led by retiring Chief Justice Paul De Muniz will study the feasibility of changing the way Oregon’s appellate judges are selected. Currently, Oregon judges are elected in non-partisan elections. The committee will consider a number of alternatives, including merit selection. While Oregon is not known for particularly nasty judicial elections, judges are […]

No responses yet

Apr 16 2012

Pennsylvanians Deserve the Facts

Published by under Our Perspective

The Sunday Currents Section of the Philadelphia Inquirer cheap viagra online features a letter to the editor (scroll to the bottom) from PMC. The letter responds to last week’s op-ed by Professor Chris Bonneau, which purported to be a critique of Merit Selection but which really only raised questions about retention elections. PMC pointed out […]

No responses yet

Apr 13 2012

Judge Under Fire for Campaign Solicitation Letter

Published by under News

Judge Nels Swandal of the Montana District Court has come under fire for a letter he wrote soliciting donations on behalf of Judge Laurie McKinnon. Judge McKinnon who is campaigning for a seat on the Montana Supreme Court, acknowledged receipt of the letter, but declined to comment on its contents. She stated that she did […]

No responses yet

Apr 11 2012

Tennessee Paper Endorses Continuation of Merit Selection

Published by under Merit Selection

The Knoxville News Sentinel has endorsed a plan that would preserve Tennessee’s system of judicial Merit Selection by amending the state’s constitution to reconcile its language with the system. Tennessee’s Merit Selection system has been in place for decades.  Since the state constitution provides that its Supreme Court justices “shall be elected by… voters”, the […]

No responses yet

Apr 05 2012

Citizens United Could Give “Justice…to the Highest Bidder”

Published by under Merit Selection

An editorial in Tacoma, WA’s News Tribune warns its readers against the potential impact of the controversial Citizens United decision and the subsequent proliferation of SuperPACs on the state’s judicial elections. The piece describes how the decision removed long-standing restraints on campaign contributions from moneyed interests, and made no delineation between political and judicial elections. […]

No responses yet

Apr 03 2012

"More politicians than judges"

Published by under Merit Selection

In Friday’s Texas Tribune, political watchdog group Texans for Public Justice decried the state’s system of partisan judicial election as fostering conflicts of interest and unprofessionalism amongst the judiciary. The group’s head, Craig McDonald, argued that Texas’ judiciary “gets 40 to 50 percent of its campaign money from the very people who are practicing before […]

No responses yet

Yangın Merdiveni | Yangın Kapısı | Yangın Merdiveni | Yangın Merdiveni | Yangın Merdiveni | ic giyim | ukash bozdurma | Böcek İlaçlama | backlink satiş | çelik kapı | izmir escort | izmir bayan escort | iç giyim | fantazi iç giyim | istanbul escort | dalaman airport transfers | escort izmir | izmir escort | escort izmir | izmir escort |