Archive for the tag 'appellate judges'

Aug 02 2011

Birmingham News urges Alabama to enforce law limiting judicial campaign contributions, consider merit selection

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Saturday’s edition of the Birmingham News featured an editorial urging Alabama to enforce its sixteen-year-old law regulating judicial campaign contributions. The law requires that judges recuse themselves from cases in which a party or their lawyer donated $2000 or more to the judge’s campaign ($4000 for appellate judges). However, the law has not been enforced […]

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Mar 23 2011

Public Financing Challenge at The Supreme Court

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On Monday, 3/28, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in McComish v. Bennett, a case that challenges a portion of Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Act. The ruling could have serious consequences for states that use public financing to allow elected judges to run for the bench without having to raise campaign funds. The challenged […]

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Jan 28 2011

Politics On the Docket in Illinois

The Supreme Court of Illinois recently ruled that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel satisfied the somewhat unclear residency requirements for inclusion on the ballot in the race for Mayor of Chicago. In covering the court’s deliberations on the question, the Chicago Tribune points out the inherent contradiction of an impartial judiciary that’s […]

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Sep 21 2008

Philadelphia Inquirer: Merit Selection’s A Good Solution

In an editorial Saturday, the Philadelphia Inquirer praised Merit Selection as a good solution to the problems inherent in electing judges: What citizens already have decided about judicial elections is that they’re confusing at best, with legal qualifications playing a minimal role in who wins. At their worst, judicial elections are tainted by what Supreme […]

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Aug 13 2008

Press-Register On Improving Alabama Appellate Courts

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A recent editorial in Mobile’s Press-Register discusses judicial salaries, standards of quality and requirements for getting a seat on Alabama’s appellate bench. To ensure that the quality of the judges on the bench consistently matches their relatively high salaries, the paper suggests abandoning judicial elections and switching to Merit Selection. cell phone tracker iphone [T}o […]

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Aug 08 2008

Tennessee Officials Committed To Renewing Merit Plan

During a recent trip to Memphis, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen expressed his continued commitment to renewing the “Tennessee Plan” for Merit Selection of the state’s judges. Governor Bredesen acknowledged that the current plan isn’t perfect, but he believes in it, and he’s working to preserve it. The preservation of the Tennessee Plan is the vastly […]

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Jul 31 2008

Horror Stories from the Campaign Trail: North Carolina and Kansas

Sometimes real stories are stranger than fiction and illustrate the problems with electing judges better than any scenario we could imagine. Here are some true horror stories drawn from current judicial elections in other states. We wish we could say this is a one-time feature, but we’re pretty sure we’ll have more horror stories to […]

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Jun 23 2008

Don't Confuse the Interim Appointment Process with Merit Selection

Published by under Judges,News

Late last week, Governor Rendell nominated a new slate to fill interim vacancies on Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. From early reports, it seems likely that the new slate — Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jane Cutler Greenspan for the Supreme Court, Northampton County President Judge Robert A. Freedberg and McKean County President Judge John M. Cleland […]

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Jun 23 2008

Tennessee Governor: Improve, Don't Scrap, the Tennessee Plan

Merit Selection of judges in Tennessee involves a 3-part system of Merit Selection, judicial performance evaluation, and retention elections. Judges are nominated for gubernatorial appointment by a 17-member Judicial Selection Commission (14 lawyers and 3 non-lawyer citizens). Appellate judges stand for retention election every 8 years. google sniper The Tennessee Plan has been in place […]

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Jun 12 2008

Beware Of Misinformation

Despite our best efforts, Merit Selection opponents persist in spreading misinformation about what Merit Selection is, how it works and why supporters wish to implement it for Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. Opponents latch onto buzzwords like “democracy” while totally ignoring that democracy includes giving the public the chance to weigh in on important issues like how […]

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