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May 01 2012

A Recipe for Trouble

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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that some candidates for the 2013 judicial elections in Allegheny County have announced their candidacies on Facebook. Well, of course they have. Facebook is free, easy to use, and a great way to get a message canada pharmacy out.  But, at least one candidate — an assistant district attorney — has […]

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May 18 2011

Post-Election Musings

So, it’s the morning after.  As expected, very low voter turnout yesterday.  In the appellate court races, the Republican endorsed candidates won handily.  The Democrat for Superior Court was running unopposed. But the Democratic contest for Commonwealth Court is not yet determined, and it’ s possible that the unendorsed candidate who received a “not recommended” […]

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Feb 25 2011

Judges Work for the People

In an op-ed in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, PMC’s Lynn Marks and Shira Goodman argue that in the wake of the Luzerne County scandal, there remains a fundamental question for Pennsylvania to answer: help with essay What does it mean to be a judge?The answer should be simple: A judge is a public servant sworn to […]

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Feb 18 2011

Take Back Our Courthouses

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PMC issued the following press release following the announcement of the jury’s verdict in the federal corruption trial of former Luzerne County judge Mark Ciavarella: Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC), reacting to the federal jury’s verdict in the trial of former Luzerne County judge Mark Ciavarella, urged the public to “Take back our courthouses.” Executive […]

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Feb 09 2011

PMC’s Shira Goodman on WILK Radio

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Shira Goodman, Deputy Director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, will make an appearance on WILK Newsradio, 103.1 FM, at 4:05 EST this afternoon. She’ll discuss state policy about gifts to judges, and the corruption trial of former Luzerne County judge Mark Ciavarella, with host Steve Corbett.

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Jan 24 2011

Changes in Harrisburg Bring Optimism for Merit Selection

Bobby Kerlik at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that merit selection supporters are hopeful that the political changes in Harrisburg will help advance the cause of reform. Shira Goodman, deputy director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, believes that the Legislature is ready to discuss court reform. She also thinks that this is a move the public […]

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Nov 30 2010

The Role of Retention Elections

Yesterday the Legal Intelligencer published an editorial written by PMC about retention elections. Executive director Lynn Marks and deputy director Shira Goodman discuss the difficulties raised for retention elections by the ouster of three Iowa Supreme Court Justices, as well as the appropriate role for retention elections going forward.  Despite the money and partisan campaigning […]

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Jan 29 2010

The Time is Now

PMC Deputy Director Shira Goodman attended this week’s Georgetown Law-Aspen Institute conference focused on selecting judges in the wake of the Caperton and Citizens United decisions. Goodman reports that there were two clear messages: First, judicial elections are about to become even more expensive, partisan and divisive. The second and more optimistic message is that […]

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Jan 22 2010

Local Responses to Citizens United Decision

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Yesterday the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, overturning two Court precedents and effectively striking down decades of law intended to keep corporate money from influencing elections. After yesterday’s ruling corporations and unions will be allowed to spend money from their treasuries to directly advocate […]

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Dec 21 2009

Merit Selection Ends the Money Game

In a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer, PMC’s Shira Goodman argues that Merit Selection ends the money game that is so much a part of judicial elections.  Remember, much of the money that funds appellate court election campaigns comes from lawyers, law firms, businesses, unions and others with cases before the appellate courts.  In addition, […]

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