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Jun 05 2012

We Trust the Voters

PMC and PMCAction are disappointed to report that the House Judiciary Committee today tabled Merit Selection (H.B. 1815) on a 13-12 vote.  Instead of moving forward a bill that would give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to decide for themselves whether there is a better way to choose appellate judges, the Committee responded to pressure by special […]

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Mar 05 2012

Philadelphia Papers Call for Merit Selection

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In the wake of Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee hearings on Merit Selection for the appellate courts, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News have each published editorials calling for Merit Selection. Following a recap of the hearing and a brief discourse on local and state-wide judges whose conduct has been the subject of news […]

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Feb 28 2012

Merit Selection Hearing on Thursday March 1

A Public Hearing on Merit Selection  (HB 1815 and 1816) will be held by the PA House order propecia online Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 1st from 1:30-3:30 pm, at the National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia.  We know from public polling that Pennsylvanians want the chance to weigh in on the […]

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Nov 07 2011

State House to Consider Merit Selection Legislation

PMC and PMCAction are pleased to announce that the House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on Merit Selection on November 17 from 1:30-3:30 pm in Philadelphia.  The hearing will address the pending Merit Selection legislation, H.B. 1815 and H.B. 1816. This hearing is an important step in the constitutional amendment process, a process […]

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Oct 31 2011

Campaign Contributions: Hot Issue In Pennsylvania Superior Court Race

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In the last weeks of the Pennsylvania judicial election season, campaign contributions in the Superior Court race are becoming the focus of more scrutiny.  A big donation from The Committee for a Better Tomorrow, the political action committee of the Philadelphia Trial LawyersAssociation to Democrat David Wecht is at issue.  The Allentown Morning Call reports […]

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Sep 14 2011

General Assembly to Take Up Merit Selection

PMC and PMCAction are pleased to announce that Representative Bryan Cutler (R -Lancaster ) along with Representative Josh Shapiro (D -Montgomery), has introduced legislation that would amend the Constitution to institute a Merit Selection system for Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. The legislation consists of two bills. The first, H.B. 1815, is a constitutional amendment. The second, […]

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Apr 20 2011

Merit Selection Offers a Common Solution

An op-ed in the New York Times by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professor James Sample p How Do I Make My Ex Want Me Back After I Broke Up With Her oints out the problems inherent in electing judges, focusing especially on the money problem. how to treat lipoma Chemerinsky and Sample conclude that the […]

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Dec 08 2009

Highlights of the Merit Selection Hearing

On Monday, the Courts Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the pending Merit Selection legislation.  Representative Josh Shapiro (D, Montgomery) chaired the hearing in Subcommittee Chair Don Walko’s (D, Allegheny) absence. Also attending were Minority Subcommittee Chair Tom Creighton (R, Lancaster), bill sponsor Matt Smith (D, Allegheny), Mike Vereb (R, Montgomery), […]

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Jun 08 2009

Merit Selection on the Agenda in Pennsylvania

In the wake of the judicial primary elections and on the same day the United States Supreme Court found that campaign contributions required a judge’s recusal, PMC and PMCAction are proud to announce that new legislation has been introduced into the Pennsylvania House and Senate to implement a Merit Selection system for the three statewide […]

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Jan 06 2009

The People Should Decide

The Legal Intelligencer has published a commentary piece (subscription required) by PMC and PMCAction entitled “People Should Decide on Change of Judicial Selection Process.”  The piece focuses on the process required to amend the constitution to change how judges are selected.  This process requires the legislature to pass the amendment in two successive legislative sessions.  […]

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