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How do judges get on the Pennsylvania bench?

And when one is really truly outstandingly stupid, what can ordinary folk do?

Sarah wants to know, but her connection is bad, and so I am posting this for her.

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Submitted by Shane-O on

I.e. - Federal, State, level within either...?

The Bill of Rights is a born rebel. It reeks with sedition. In every clause it shakes its fist in the face of constituted authority. . . . it is the one guaranty of human freedom to the American people. - Frank Irving Cobb

Submitted by lambert on

But maybe Sarah will chime in later.

I'm assuming that nothing can be done about Federal level (and I guess I'm turning into the equivalent of one of those "Impeach Earl Warren" loons, except from the other side).

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by bringiton on

Information on the Pennsylvania judiciary is here, a portion of the American Judicature Society website, a refreshing place of authoritative reference and strictly non-partisan advocacy for improvement of the judiciary as a whole.

Having spent rather more time than desirable in western PA, I can say with educated opinion that the judiciary reflects the biases of the voting populace; not, IMHO, a comforting truth. The best way to get rid of one is through the ballot, subject to all the difficulties that entails.

Big stink a few years back when some out-of-state groups funneled big money, more than a million dollars, to defame a Democratic Supreme Court candidate. Laws were broken but in the end the propagandists were only required to promise that they wouldn’t do it again. Their disinformation effort was rewarded, however, and the Republican won; turned a progressive 5-4 D/r court into a regressive 5-4 R/d tool of corporate authoritarianism, at $1,000,000 a real bargain.