November 12, 2014
PMC Executive Director Lynn Marks will appear on PCN tonight at 8p.m.to discuss the importance of changing the way we select judges. Tune in to learn how judges can be chosen based on qualifications rather than factors like the ability to raise money or ballot position.
PHILADELPHIA (November 5, 2014) – Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC) calls on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to appoint an independent master to review the 4000 emails and issue a report and recommendations.
What a month for the Pennsylvania courts! PMC has been there through it all, bringing our impartial voice for court reform to the discussion.
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Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, convicted last year on public corruption charges, has dropped the appeal of her sentence and submitted a draft of the apology letter she is required to send to judges in the state as part of that sentence.
Embattled Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery has announced his intention to retire, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Justice McCaffery reportedly informed friends and family this morning and sent a letter to Governor Corbett announcing his intention to retire.
We commend the Supreme Court for taking swift action in turning the case over to the JCB, the constitutionally created body that deals with judicial discipline in Pennsylvania. Judges have the duty to uphold the sanctity, dignity and impartiality of the office and to avoid conduct that creates the appearance of impropriety.