Archive for September, 2012

Sep 28 2012

Goodbye, Goodman

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Guest Post by PMC & PMCAction Executive Director Lynn Marks If you read any post on www.judgesonmerit.org, please read Moving Forwardposted by outgoing PMC & PMCAction Deputy Director  Shira Goodman.  It sums up – in vintage Shira persuasion – the challenges of working for constitutional change.  Regular readers have seen Shira’s posts buy cheap cialis since the […]

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Sep 28 2012

Moving Forward

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Today is my final post as Deputy Director of PMC and PMCAction.  For the last ten years, I have worked with terrific leaders and partners to enable the public to decide whether there is a better way to choose appellate court judges.  I am convinced that Merit Selection is that better way and that, given […]

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Sep 27 2012

Throwing our Justice System Under the Bus?

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“Most everyone would agree that the best justice system is one in which justice cannot be bought.” Today’s blog post buy cialis online in the Spencer Daily Reporter emphasizes the importance of Merit Selection. Iowa currently has a Merit Selection system.  However, there is a recent campaign to not retain Judge David Wiggins.  Three years […]

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Sep 24 2012

Merit Selection: The Right Path for Pennsylvania

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Lynn Marks and Shira Goodman of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts have written an article in the Legal Intelligencer (subscription required) explaining the need for Merit Selection viagra tablets at the appellate level in Pennsylvania. Judicial elections have become increasingly acrimonious and expensive over the years, but the consequences of contentious judicial elections are just the […]

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Sep 24 2012

Chief Justice Castille Endorses Merit Selection

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In a recent interview, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille reiterated his support for Merit Selection of judges in order to reduce political influence on the judiciary. cialis price online The statement came as the Supreme Court is deciding several highly politically charged cases including canada pills VoterID and redistricting. Although he has not […]

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Sep 21 2012

Threats of Non-Retention Undermine Judicial Independence

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An independent judiciary is an integral part of a well-functioning society. The judiciary acts as a check on the powers of both the legislature and the executive. In order to function effectively, judges must be free to decide cases based on the law rather than political considerations or popular will. While judges must be held […]

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Sep 21 2012

Inquirer Editorial: Traffic Court is Embarrassing

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A scathing editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer is condemning the embarrassing state of Philadelphia’s Traffic Court. The recent arrest of Traffic Court Judge Robert canadian pharmacy viagra Mulgrew on charges of the misuse of public funds “marked the fourth time in less than two years that the court has been embarrassed.” Besides Mulgrew’s misbehavior, Traffic […]

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Sep 17 2012

Absence of Seventh Justice Impairs Courts Ability to Act

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State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s suspension from the court due to indictment on campaign finance corruption charges has left the court split down party lines. While Justice Orie Melvin is, technically, still on the court, her inability to cast a vote creates a divide that“will effectively neutralize the Supreme Court in many cases […]

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Sep 11 2012

Arizona Voters to Have a Say in Judicial Selection

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An Arizona initiative on the ballot this fall would change the way Arizona selects its judges. According to a report in the Arizona Republic, the proposition would increase the amount of power the governor has to select judges in large counties. Currently, the way Arizona judges are selected depends on the size of the county; […]

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Sep 06 2012

Fairness In State Courts: Electing Versus Appointing State Judges.

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Diane Rehm, of National Public Radio recently hosted Charlie Hall from Justice at Stake, Ian Millhiser from the Center for American Progress, and Scott Gaylord from Elon University School of Law to discuss “Fairness In State Courts: Electing Versus Appointing State Judges.” Charlie Hall explained that state courts matter because they are the people’s courts.  […]

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