Archive for May, 2012

May 31 2012

A Tale of Two Canales

The Democratic primary for the 73rd District Court in San Antonio, Texas, featured an unusual coincidence. Both candidates were named Canales. That’s where the similarities end. Paul Canales has 37 years of legal experience, 22 as a judge. David Canales has been a lawyer for six years. The campaign did not garner much attention in […]

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May 29 2012

Ohio Paper Encourages Governor to Use Merit Selection When Filling Supreme Court Vacancy

An editorial in Cleveland newspaper, The Plain Dealer, is calling on Ohio’s governor to use Merit Selection when filling the vacancy on the Ohio Supreme Court created by the early departure of Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton. The paper is hoping that the governor will consult with a panel “that would screen potential nominees with an […]

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May 25 2012

Threat to Courts Cited in U.S. Supreme Court Brief

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The negative effect that campaign fundraising has on the public’s perception of the judiciary is an issue that has made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice at Stake and eight retired Montana Supreme Court justices filed a friend-of-the-court brief proclaiming the necessity of protecting the court from canadian pharmacy viagra the influence of […]

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May 24 2012

Judicial Elections Compromise the Integrity of the Courts

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Pennsylvania newspapers continue to call attention to the fact that judicial campaigns undermine the integrity of the courts. In a discussion of the campaign corruption charges against Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, the Harrisburg Patriot-News says, “This is just the latest ordeal that demonstrates that having judges campaign for their spots on the court can […]

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May 23 2012

Philadelphia Daily News: Merit Selection Legislation Should be “Fast-Tracked”

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the indictment and suspension of Justice Joan Orie Melvin “puts another big fat bow on the move to have judges appointed on merit rather than elected”.  Justice Orie Melvin was indicted last week on charges that she used her state-funded judicial staff on her 2003 and 2009 campaigns for […]

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May 23 2012

Committee Vote on Merit Selection Vote Postponed

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During yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee meeting, buy generic viagra Chairman Marsico announced that several bills, including the Merit Selection legislation, would be held over for consideration at a future meeting.  Although we are disappointed in the delay, we are optimistic that the legislation will be considered at an upcoming meeting, and we are hopeful that […]

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May 20 2012

Indictment of Justice Orie Melvin Should be “Last Straw” for Judicial Elections

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An editorial in the Scranton Times Tribune argues that the indictment of Justice Joan Orie Melvin on charges of political corruption illustrates the need for merit selection in Pennsylvania. According to the editorial, “The charges go to the heart of the commonwealth’s folly in conducting elections for appellate court seats, rather than filling those seats […]

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May 19 2012

Judge Orie Melvin Indictment May Pave the Way for Merit Selection

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As the state legislature prepares to vote on an amendment to the Pennsylvania constitution that would do away with partisan judicial elections, an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer expects that the indictment of state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin will serve as a pointed reminder of why such an amendment is necessary.   Melvin faces nine criminal counts […]

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May 17 2012

Act Now! Tell the House Judiciary Committee You Support Merit Selection

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Now is the time for action on Merit Selection! Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and ask them to vote YES on sending Merit Selection Bills (H.B. 1815 and H.B. 1816) to the full House for consideration. The vote is scheduled for next Tuesday, May 22. Bringing the Merit Selection Bills to the […]

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May 16 2012

"The Worst Way to Select Judges"

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In a post on the New York Times Editorial Page Editor’s Blog, Andrew Rosenthal asserts: Elections are the worst way to select judges. The process leaves judges beholden to party bosses, wealthy donors, and the whims of the very, very few people who actually bother to vote. Rosenthal focuses on Michigan and the recent report […]

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