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Judicial Elections

Raising the Bar: The International Criminal Court Deserves Supremely Qualified Judges

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Tiina Intelmann

It is one of the main responsibilities of States Parties to provide the Court with the tools to fulfill its mandate. This includes not only financial support but also nominating and electing supremely qualified judges.

For Sale -- Going Fast: An Independent Judiciary -- Buy a Judge Today

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

We should end judicial elections entirely, but until we do, we must find a way to limit the corrupting influence of money in the election process and stop putting the judiciary up for sale.

Woodward v. Alabama: The Deadly Problem of Judicial Elections

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

The impact of money in state court elections is not limited to criminal cases. Studies show that -- consciously or unconsciously -- judges tend to rule in favor of the interests of their contributors.

If Ever There Was a Reason to End Judicial Elections

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

"Since 1982, Alabama judges have overridden 95 verdicts sentencing defendants to death even though the jury voted for life----many times by a vote of ...

Paul Blumenthal

No Election Is Too Small For The Koch Brothers' Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Outside interest groups spent at record levels in state-level judicial elections in the 2012 election cycle, according to a new report, ...

Judicial Elections - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Voltaire said: "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." In this case, I agree with everything...

Judge Cannon Misfires Again

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

Leaving her mother in charge of a son with cerebral palsy, Camilla Clifton headed to the Cook County criminal courthouse to support her nephew, on trial in 2009 for an attempted murder she believed he did not commit. Clifton would not see her family again for three days.

North Carolina Legislature Repeals Popular 'Voter Owned Elections' Program

Adam Smith | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Adam Smith

On Thursday night, the North Carolina House gave final approval to an anti-democracy elections overhaul bill that makes it harder to vote, allows more money into the political system, and repeals the state's public financing laws.

Paul Blumenthal

N.C. Gov, Mini-Koch Target 'Clean Elections'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In early 2011, after Republicans swept into power in both houses of the North Carolina state legislature, the conservative John Locke Fo...

Separating the Wheat From the Chaff: Distinguishing Great State Judges in Illinois' Partisan Judicial Elections

Margaret M. Kruse | Posted 12.29.2012 | Chicago
Margaret M. Kruse

Do we want conscientious, smart judges or ones elected based on party affiliation? Until Illinois ends partisan judicial elections, moving to merit-based nominations and appointments, the state will lack qualified judges that we deserve.

Guilty, by Popular Demand

Brian Giacometti | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Brian Giacometti

Judicial races are under-the-radar for most of us, but not for industries likely to go before the judges in the future. So, what do we want? Well, we want political contests that lead to an absence of politics in the courtroom. Are we are kidding ourselves?

Hijacking the Courts

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Anthony Michael Kreis

This is a crisis that has long murmurings in our political culture, but one that the LGBT rights movement has brought to a nasty and shameful head. The crisis: a threat to judicial independence.

The Judiciary Loses if the Conservatives Win

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Judges who allow the burning of the American flag, allow Nazis to march, protect the rights of those charged with crimes and even those found guilty and uphold gay and lesbian rights should be revered for their courage and integrity, not punished.

A Rare Bipartisan Success: A Blueprint for Better Judicial Elections in Michigan

Andrew S. Doctoroff | Posted 09.05.2012 | Detroit
Andrew S. Doctoroff

In this era of political gridlock and unsolved problems, true bipartisan achievements are rare and warrant celebration. Which is why Michiganians should embrace the sweeping recommendations of the Judicial Selection Task Force.

Incumbents Running Unopposed Should Not Be Rewarded With Full Terms

Steven Kurlander | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

If there were contested general elections in every political race, there would be no talk of mandatory term limits because the voters would have a greater ability to vote out of office those who did not deserve to be there.

Citizens United, the Supreme Court, and Our Independent Judiciary

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Bob Edgar

Justices of our Supreme Court -- lawyers at the pinnacle of that system -- have opened the door to an unprecedented assault on judicial independence.

Just What Is Ricardo Lugo Running for?

John V. Santore | Posted 05.26.2012 | Chicago
John V. Santore

The following audio report examines judicial elections in Chicago. The campaign of Ricardo Lugo, who is running for the judgeship in the Sixth Sub-Circuit, is used as a case study.

Should Judge Cebull Resign for His Racist Email?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

What next? The facts are undisputed. The email was racist; its content despicable. It was forwarded by a sitting federal judge, indeed the chief judge of the district. Is this a wrong that can be righted by an apology?

Paul Blumenthal

Newt Gingrich Pushes Truly Radical Idea

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In Thursday night's Republican presidential debate, the Fox News moderators announced that they would ask one question that had not been...

John Celock

Family Feud For Judgeship In Rural Town

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

Thanksgiving could be an interesting holiday in one western New York family, coming just after a grandson goes head-to-head with his grandfather in a ...

Bought Justice

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

Our courts have as of yet been exempt from the same level of scrutiny as Congress and our politicians, but there is a pervasive, ongoing corporate attack on judicial integrity, and what we're seeing is that a lack of aligned interests, secrecy, and corruption are eroding that system as well.

Brilliance and Humanity

Andrea Lyon | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

You may remember that three Iowa Supreme Court justices were voted out of office based on targeted attacks about their votes on gay marriage.

Is It Time to Take Away My Right to Vote... For Judicial Candidates?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Can we count on judges to be truly independent, to make decisions only based only on the law, and not based on politics and/or what is popular, if they must stand before the public every few years in order to keep their jobs?

A Call for Transparency: Illinois Judicial Vacancies Should Be Made Public

Katy Welter | Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Illinois alone empowers its Supreme Court with absolute authority to fill judicial vacancies. Given that it grants one nominating body sole discretion over these appointments, transparency is especially important.

Will the Supreme Court Prevent Citizens United From Being Fixed?

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Will the Court that permitted the injection of unlimited corporate expenditures into our election process now prevent one of the best ways to ensure candidates without corporate backing have a fighting chance? We'll know the answer soon.