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Jul 31 2013

Merit Selection Myths: "Elite Attorneys" Control Nominations

One of the most common criticisms of merit selection systems is that “elite” groups of attorneys are nominating judges. The frequently unstated implication is that since the nominators are lawyers, they are going to pick judges who will serve their interests rather than those of the general public. There are a couple of problems with […]

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Jun 11 2013

Factors in Judicial Elections: Party Affiliation, Race, Sex, and Geographic Location

In any given general election, voters tend to use party affiliation as a shortcut in making a decision because researching a candidate’s record and qualifications in depth can be difficult and time consuming. The use of this shortcut might have some merit in non-judicial elections, but voting the party line in a judicial election is […]

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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 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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Jul 10 2012

"Judge-itis" Hurts Integrity of Judicial System

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A column in the Legal Intelligencer by legal ethics expert Samuel C. Stretton argues that “judge-itis” or “black robe disease” undermines the integrity of the judicial system by eroding the mutual trust between lawyers, litigants, and judges. Stretton defines a judge suffering from judge-itis as one “who thinks he or she is so important that […]

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May 23 2012

Philadelphia Daily News: Merit Selection Legislation Should be “Fast-Tracked”

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the indictment and suspension of Justice Joan Orie Melvin “puts another big fat bow on the move to have judges appointed on merit rather than elected”.  Justice Orie Melvin was indicted last week on charges that she used her state-funded judicial staff on her 2003 and 2009 campaigns for […]

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Apr 23 2012

LA Times: Judges Should Not Be Politicians

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An editorial in the LA Times endorsing certain incumbent judges argued that the election of judges is “most definitely different” than other elected officials. Specifically, the editorial acknowledges that the mark of a good jurist is not popularity, but the ability to be fair and impartial in their administration of justice and interpretation of the legal code. […]

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Apr 16 2012

Pennsylvanians Deserve the Facts

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The Sunday Currents Section of the Philadelphia Inquirer cheap viagra online features a letter to the editor (scroll to the bottom) from PMC. The letter responds to last week’s op-ed by Professor Chris Bonneau, which purported to be a critique of Merit Selection but which really only raised questions about retention elections. PMC pointed out […]

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Jan 27 2012

Judges Should Let Opinions Speak for Them

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that controversy is brewing about Supreme Court Justice Max Baer’s comments about the Supreme Court’s forthcoming opinion in the redistricting case.  where to buy steroids online The Court issued an order in the case late Wednesday, but the opinion is not expected until some time next week.  Justice Baer made comments […]

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