Archive for January, 2013

Jan 28 2013

The Business of Justice

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Wednesday, January 23 could prove to be a game-changer in the history of the Pennsylvania judiciary. The day marked the beginning of the corruption trial for suspended PA Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin. It was also the day that State Senators Anthony H. Williams (D-Philadelphia) and Richard Alloway (R-Adams, Franklin, York) introduced a constitutional […]

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Jan 25 2013

Merit Selection Bill Introduced in Pennsylvania Senate

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Pennsylvania lawmakers have introduced legislation for Merit Selection of appellate judges. cell spy software The legislation proposes a constitutional amendment that would create an Appellate Court Nominating Commission designed to effectively evaluate judicial candidates and present a selective list of the most qualified candidates to the governor.  The governor would then nominate from the provided […]

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Jan 21 2013

If It Ain’t Broke…

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The Kansas State Legislature has recently been alight with calls to revamp the state’s judicial selection process. The U.S. form of government is rooted in the ability to change bad or broken laws, but in this case, there’s one big problem: Merit Selection in Kansas is working. Opponents of Merit Selection have alleged that the […]

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Jan 18 2013

A Better Way: Wisconsin Editorial Urges Reforming Judicial Election System

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A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial urges Wisconsinites to join more than half of U.S. states by reforming their Supreme Court judicial selection process to avoid the inherent harms in the current judicial election system. Citing “a series of poisonous contests” as contributing to a lowered reputation of the court, the Sentinel predicts that the upcoming race could be equally contentious, […]

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Jan 14 2013

Chief Justice Castille Supports Reform

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille spoke with WHYY’s Dave Davies on subjects ranging from the Philadelphia Family Courthouse to Philadelphia Traffic Court to Mandatory Retirement and Retention Elections. One subject that featured rather prominently in the interview was the influence of politics on the court and Chief Justice Castille’s continued support for judicial […]

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Jan 03 2013

Merit, not politics, in Ohio judicial selection

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Case Western Reserve University School of Law Professor Jonathan H. Adler has praised Ohio Governor John Kaisch’s system of selection that the governor installed to choose a new interim Supreme Court Justice. Ohio, like Pennsylvania, primarily elects its judges. If a judge should leave the bench in between election cycles, the Ohio constitution affords the […]

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