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Jun 07 2012

The Time is Ripe for Reform

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Today’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette editorial blasts the House Judiciary Committee for failing to advance Merit Selection legislation even as a sitting Supreme Court Justice has been indicted for alleged illegal campaign activity. “[T]he occasion has never been riper to get politics out of judicial elections. The headlines on Justice Joan Orie Melvin being charged with using her staff […]

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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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Sep 18 2009

Should Judicial Candidates be Permitted to Deceive the Public to Get Elected?

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Yet another reason why judges and elections should not mix, brought to our attention by our friends over at GavelGrab: In 2008, Michael Gabelman, then a Wisconsin Circuit Court judge, ran a television ad against his opponent, a then-sitting justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Louis Butler, Jr. The ad was, at best, deceptive.  A […]

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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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May 05 2008

Merit Selection Bills Formally Introduced

To implement a Merit Selection system for the appellate courts requires a constitutional amendment. This requires passage of legislation in two consecutive legislative sessions, followed by a public referendum. The first step is now underway. Bills containing the proposed text of the amendment, as well as the enabling legislation creating the nominating commission, are currently […]

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Apr 27 2008

Overheard at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

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Yesterday, PMC Associate Director Shira Goodman made a presentation about Merit Selection to the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. Goodman spoke on a panel dedicated to The Future of Reform in Pennsylvania and opened her remarks by saying “I’m here to talk to you about why we believe it’s time for Pennsylvanians to decide how they want […]

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Apr 22 2008

Missouri House Protects Judicial Selection From Partisan Politics

On April 17th, the Missouri state House rejected an effort to radically revise the state’s “Missouri Plan,” which has served as a model for Merit Selection of judges in 30 other states. Proposed changes to the plan would have eliminated the nonpartisan nomination commission, and replaced it with a system controlled entirely by the governor […]

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Apr 10 2008

Judicial Elections “Getting Nastier”

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In the wake of the recent Wisconsin election, U.S. News and Word Report examines the trend toward increasingly contentious judicial elections, and concludes that the “tactics in the Wisconsin race exemplify a broader shift in judicial elections nationwide.”

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Apr 04 2008

Bitter Election Battle Shakes Up Wisconsin Supreme Court

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After months of attack ads, and millions of dollars in third party spending, the race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is over. Wisconsin has a new justice. The rest of us have a clear example of why we need to protect selection of appellate judges from elective politics. Although Wisconsin’s judicial elections […]

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Mar 27 2008

Governor Rendell “Sounds Off” For Merit Selection

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The Legal Intelligencer’s blog reports that Governor Rendell spoke about the need for Merit Selection during the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division annual meeting Tuesday. The Governor says he supports Merit Selection of appellate judges “because judicial candidates shouldn’t have to raise money from lawyers or potential litigants,” and “the state’s elected system of […]

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