Condemning judicial scandals that have shamed Pennsylvania, including the latest one over a state Supreme Court justice’s porn emails, a Scranton Times-Tribune editorial calls for scrapping judicial elections:
“[I]t’s … clear that the state needs a better way to choose appellate judges, to screen them for professional standards and conduct before they get on the ballot and win by virtue of ballot position, ethnic affinity or geographic advantage. That, in turn, means that lawmakers must get the ball rolling on a constitutional amendment switch from election of appellate judges to merit selection and appointment.”
You can learn background about allegations against Justice Michael Eakin from Gavel Grab. To read Gavel Grab posts about the merit selection proposal, click here. A Philadelphia Inquirer editorial has a broader sweep in criticizing institutions that it says failed to adequately investigate and pursue ethics lapses in the scandal, as well as faulting Eakin. “While the honorable course would be to resign, Eakin’s communications do not create an expectation of honor,” it said.