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Jul 01 2013

Landmark SCOTUS Rulings Give Perspective on Role of Judges

Last week, the United States Supreme Court ruled on three landmark cases: Shelby County v. Holder, Hollingsworth v. Perry, and US v. Windsor. All three of these cases dealt with politically charged topics: the issue in Holder was whether the preclearance requirement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act was constitutional (the court held it was […]

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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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Jul 17 2012

Texas Primary: Pointing Fingers

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According to the Texas Tribune, Texas Supreme Court elections are already becoming heated.  Former district court judge, John Devine is running against eight-year incumbent Justice David Medina in a Republican runoff election. John Devine has taken a grass roots approach to the election.  Justice David Medina has the support of Republican elected officials, and he […]

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Jun 04 2012

Vote on Merit Selection Legislation Scheduled

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The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the Merit Selection legislation (H.B. 1815) next Tuesday, June 5.  A favorable Committee vote would send the bill to the floor for consideration by the entire House of Representatives. Bringing the Merit Selection Bill to the floor is a crucial step in amending the constitution – a process […]

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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 01 2012

A Recipe for Trouble

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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that some candidates for the 2013 judicial elections in Allegheny County have announced their candidacies on Facebook. Well, of course they have. Facebook is free, easy to use, and a great way to get a message canada pharmacy out.  But, at least one candidate — an assistant district attorney — has […]

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Apr 17 2012

Oregon Judicial Selection Process Under Review

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An Oregon committee led by retiring Chief Justice Paul De Muniz will study the feasibility of changing the way Oregon’s appellate judges are selected. Currently, Oregon judges are elected in non-partisan elections. The committee will consider a number of alternatives, including merit selection. While Oregon is not known for particularly nasty judicial elections, judges are […]

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Apr 13 2012

Judge Under Fire for Campaign Solicitation Letter

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Judge Nels Swandal of the Montana District Court has come under fire for a letter he wrote soliciting donations on behalf of Judge Laurie McKinnon. Judge McKinnon who is campaigning for a seat on the Montana Supreme Court, acknowledged receipt of the letter, but declined to comment on its contents. She stated that she did […]

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