Archive for August, 2012

Aug 28 2012

The Merits of Diversity

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The notion of equality is a pillar of American justice. But when it comes to equality on the bench, the American judiciary is sorely lacking. According to an article in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, women and minorities are not as well represented on the bench as they should be. Judicial elections may be one cause of the disparity. Partisan […]

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Aug 21 2012

It Doesn’t Make Sense

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The Orie Melvin case continues to highlight the problems that result from electing judges.  The entire case is a product of judicial elections:  the Supreme Court justice is accused of illegal use of government resources for her campaigns for the Supreme Court.  And now, as the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports, in the midst of the […]

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Aug 20 2012

"Money-Soaked" Judicial Elections Undermine System

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An editorial in the New York Times argues that “money-soaked” judicial elections undermine the credibility of state courts. Specifically, “[e]lections turn judges into politicians, and the need to raise money to finance ever more expensive campaigns makes the judiciary more vulnerable to improper influence by donors.” how to treat chicken pox The editorial cites findings […]

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Aug 20 2012

Judicial Elections Affect Sentencing Decisions

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According to report published in the forthcoming issue of the Review of Economics and Statistics, judges in Washington state are more likely to impose harsher sentences for serious crimes the closer they get to re-election.   The study examined data cheap viagra online on 265 full time Superior Court* judges and focused primarily on “the kinds […]

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Aug 14 2012

Merit Selection is Straightforward Solution

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The Center for American Progress released a report entitled, “Big Business Taking over State Supreme Courts”. The 142-page reportoutlines the effect of increased campaign donations on judicial elections, focusing specifically on eight states, including Pennsylvania. According to the report, spending in judicial elections has exploded over the last twenty years. In 1990, candidates for state supreme court seats […]

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Aug 10 2012

What’s In a Name?

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Wednesday’s primary election in Washington state is further evidence that where voters have little or no information about one or both of the candidates running for office, they may rely on other factors — such as the way a candidate’s name sounds or what they assume the name implies about a candidate’s race, ethnicity, or […]

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Aug 07 2012

Meaningful Voter Participation Lacking in Judicial Elections

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An article in the Miami Herald underlines one of the problems with judicial elections: the lack of meaningful voter participation. In the last Florida election, less than 15% of the electorate voted in the judicial election. Further, of the approximately 215,000 people who voted in Miami-Dade County, roughly 40,000 of them failed to vote for the judges on the […]

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Aug 07 2012

Judge Leadbetter on the Judicial Election Process

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Former Commonwealth Court President Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter recently answered ten questions in the Philadelphia Bar Association’s quarterly publication, the Philadelphia Lawyer.  She was asked, “As a judge who was first appointed and then elected and retained to Commonwealth Court, do you believe that Pennsylvania should continue to elect judges?”  Judge Leadbetter responded, “No.  I […]

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Aug 02 2012

Justice Orie Melvin Will Not Step Down

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According to an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Justice Joan Orie Melvin will not step down from the bench. At the conclusion of her preliminary hearing, District Judge James J. Hanley Jr. ordered her to stand trial on seven charges, including four felonies. Justice Orie Melvin was indicted earlier this summer for her alleged […]

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