Archive for the tag 'Wall Street Journal'

Oct 29 2009

Paper Refuses to Make Judicial Endorsements — Backs Merit Selection Instead

An editorial in the Times-Tribune (Scranton) makes the case for replacing judicial elections with Merit Selection for the appellate courts.  Exhibit A is the current partisan — and in the last few days nasty — race between Republican Joan Orie Melvin and Democrat Jack Panella for the vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Judge Orie […]

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Aug 29 2008

Setting the Record Straight About Nominating Commissions

Gordon L. Doerfer, president of the American Judicature Society (AJS), has issued a statement in response to the Wall Street Journal’s most recent attack on Merit Selection. In this statement, AJS sets the record straight about the composition of judicial nominating commissions and the history of success of state Merit Selection systems. how to remove […]

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Aug 27 2008

Get Judges Out of the Fundraising Business

On August 23, the WSJ continued its criticism of Merit Selection, to which Gavel Grab posted a thoughtful and thought-provoking response. Gavel Grab poses an important question: As the Journal continues its critique of merit selection, it should perhaps acknowledge the downsides of its own position. If the public has concluded that big-money politics can […]

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Aug 26 2008

A Letter That Didn’t Make It Into the Wall Street Journal

Published by under Judges,Merit Selection,Opinion

Last week, we wrote about the Wall Street Journal’s August 14th editorial criticizing Merit Selection. Although the Journal did publish several letters in response (including letters from the American Bar Association and Justice At Stake), unfortunately the letter submitted by PMC Board Chair Bob Heim and PMCAction Board Chair Bob Fiebach was not among them. […]

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Aug 19 2008

Merit Selection — A Fair Process that Brings Us Good Judges

Merit Selection is a favorite target of those who worry that a process that removes money from judicial selection and weakens the role of political parties will keep the critics’ preferred candidates from reaching the bench. And once again, the Wall Street Journal criticizes Merit Selection in a thinly veiled call for more politically conservative […]

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