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Jan 18 2012

Judicial Politics in Wisconsin Undermines Public Trust

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The courts have become a football in Wisconsin’s ongoing political fights.  Wisconsin’s judges, like those in Pennsylvania, are elected, and judicial elections have become markedly more contentious since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s row with the state’s labor unions last year.  The Wisconsin State Journal has called for merit selection stating:  Wisconsin’s broken system for selecting […]

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Dec 16 2011

"Campaign Cash Finds its Way to the Courtroom"

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That’s the tile of an op-ed by two of our our partners — Justice at Stake’s Bert Brandenburg and the Brennan Center’s Adam Skaggs — in Reuters.  It explores  the growing problems caused by campaign contributions in judicial elections.  The authors recount the increasing costs of judicial elections, the source of the funding, and the […]

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Oct 05 2011

PMC and Justice At Stake Weigh in on Philadelphia Retention Controversy

In a letter published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, PMC and Justice At Stake argue that when political parties demand “contributions” from sitting judges for support in retention elections, the whole purpose of retention elections has been undermined.  The letter responds to a report that the Philadelphia Democratic Party has requested $10,000 “contributions” from judges standing […]

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Aug 01 2011

Arkansas Supreme Court Forms Judicial Election Task Force

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In response to issues arising in courts around the country, the Arkansas Supreme Court has formed a Judicial Election Task Force to consider changes to their system of judicial selection. Currently, Arkansas holds nonpartisan judicial elections for all positions on the bench. However according to the Arkansas Supreme Court, “Judicial elections are becoming much more […]

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Jul 01 2011

Alabama Chief Justice Cites Judicial Elections as a Reason for her Resignation

This week, Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell announced her resignation effective August 1st, 2011. In her statement, she cited the failure of AL courts to modify their judicial selection system as one of her reasons for leaving. “Alabama appellate court justices should be selected either on merit, and retained or rejected by […]

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May 05 2011

Public Hearing on the Judiciary

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Yesterday the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Constitutional Review Commission subcommittee on the Judiciary held a public hearing at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in Philadelphia. Testimony was given by representatives of Justice at Stake (JAS), the Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN), Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC), and the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania as well […]

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Feb 23 2011

North Carolina Voters Wary of Courtroom Cash

A new public opinion poll in North Carolina show just how corrosive judicial elections are to public confidence in a fair and impartial judiciary. The poll, which was conducted by the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, and our friends at the Justice at Stake Campaign, ” finds that 94 percent of North Carolina voters […]

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Oct 28 2010

Expensive Judicial Elections Create the Perception of “Tainted Justice”

Over at Gavel Grab, Peter Hardin draws attention to the costly judicial elections underway in Alabama. Noting that Alabama has the most expensive Supreme Court elections in the country, Hardin examines an editorial that appeared in the Press-Register criticizing judicial elections. The editorial opens with a strong critique of judicial elections in Alabama: “As long […]

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Oct 11 2010

Judicial campaign spending is on the rise

Over at Gavel Grab, Peter Hardin notes the growing trend of expensive judicial elections. buy cheap cialis online This trend is in part due to an increased expenditure on television ads. Referring to information contained in a news release complied by the Brennan Center for Justice and the Justice at Stake Campaign, Hardin explains that […]

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Sep 21 2010

“A Recipe for Corruption”

An editorial in the Birmingham News condemns Alabama’s system of judicial elections and supports a change to an appointment-retention system. The editorial looks at the recent poll by Justice at Stake, in which a majority of Republicans and Democrats asked said that they believed campaign donations significantly impact court rulings. Noting Alabama’s reputation for having […]

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