Archive for June, 2012

Jun 29 2012

Pennsylvanians Still Choose Judges the Old Fashioned Way

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Chris Mondics’ article in the Philadelphia Inquirer highlights the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the lack of judicial selection reform in Pennsylvania. Despite a number of scandals and a recommendation from a judicial-reform commission appointed by Gov. Bob Casey, the Commonwealth has yet to reform the judicial election system that currently puts our judges on the bench. […]

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Jun 28 2012

The Real Reasons Pennsylvanians Want to Find a New Way to Select Judges

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In a letter published in the Harrisburg Patriot-News, PMC’s Lynn  A. Marks points out the problems in Dan Pero’s recent op-ed about Merit Selection.  Pero focused on the fact that even Merit Selection systems cannot totally eliminate politics from judicial selection. While conceding this point, Marks pointed out the big issues that Pero ignores and […]

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Jun 26 2012

Leaders Should Act to "Benefit Our Entire State"

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A column in the Holland Sentinel opines about the state of Michigan courts. Four years ago, Michigan was ranked last in a grading of the nation’s supreme courts conducted by the University of Chicago Law School. Michigan’s ranking was partly a reflection of its lack viagra canada pharmacy of judicial independence. In response to the […]

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Jun 22 2012

Should the Courthouse Doors be Open to the Highest Bidder?

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An article in the Columbia Daily Tribune discusses the struggle to retain Missouri’s current merit selection system.  Missouri has had a merit selection system since 1940.  Recently, the general assembly passed a bill that could change this system, pending voter approval.  Under the proposed system the governor would have more influence over selecting nominating commission […]

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Jun 21 2012

Texas Trial Highlights Dangers of Judicial Elections

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According to the Dallas Morning News, the trial begins today for a Texas woman accused of contributing to a judicial campaign in hopes of receiving a custody decision in her favor. Stacy Stine Cary faces felony charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, bribery and money laundering for her role in what prosecutors allege was […]

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Jun 18 2012

Strings Attached

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An editorial in the Bucks County Courier Times is calling attention to the arguments for Merit Selection in generic viagra price Pennsylvania and expressing disappointment at the House Judiciary Committee’s failure to move Merit Selection legislation forward. loans online Considering the recent indictment of state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin for campaign finance law […]

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Jun 15 2012

Shouldnt We Have the Right to Decide Whether to Change Our Constitution?

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An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer examines the efforts to implement a Merit Selection system in Pennsylvania.  The article highlights Justice Orie Melvin’s indictment for allegedly using her state funded staff and resources for her election campaigns and notes that this is not the first time that one of Pennsylvania’s state judges has been in […]

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Jun 12 2012

Voter Choice Has Merit

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An article in The Legal Intelligencer remarked on the puzzling fact that despite several scandals that have tarnished the reputation of the Pennsylvania courts, legislators have nevertheless voted to table Merit Selection legislation that would have brought reform to the judicial selection process. Tabling of the legislation has led some to wonder why the voters […]

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Jun 11 2012

It is Time to Let the Voters Decide

An editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer highlights the fact that special interest groups that oppose Merit Selection legislation have betrayed the voters whose rights they claim to protect: [T]he trial lawyers, unions, gun-rights advocates, and abortion foes who continue to oppose reforms that would take appellate-court judges out of partisan elections achieved their victory by […]

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Jun 08 2012

Please Vote in Inquirer Poll: Should Pennsylvanians Get the Chance to Vote on Merit Selection

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A Philly.Com poll asks if Pennsylvanians should get the opportunity to vote on whether to order cialis online change how we choose judges. Well, of course we deserve that opportunity and the legislature should let the people decide. The poll offers four choices: Yes, judicial campaigns make it seem like justice is for sale No, […]

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