In a matter of a just a few weeks, the lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters charging that the state's Congressional districts were gerrymandered by Republicans has turned into an all-out political showdown that involves the legislature, the governor, state and federal courts and now the U.S. Supreme Court.
Will this latest controversy be the impetus for a move to appoint judges rather than elect them?
The non-partisan group Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts has long advocated for change. The group's President and CEO Maida Milone is on Tuesday's Smart Talk to explain why.
Listen to the story on WITF.
State Supreme Court justices, who recently found that the state’s ruthlessly gerrymandered map of congressional districts violated the state constitution, clearly ruled in the public interest by ordering fairly draw districts.
But, this being Pennsylvania, their decision highlighted the need for even further reform — regarding the appellate courts themselves.
After the gerrymandering decision, legislative Republicans asked the Supreme Court of the United States to stay or strike the state Supreme Court decision, which Justice Samuel B. Alito Jr. rejected.
The legislative defendants also complained to the state Supreme Court on a matter that pointed yet again to why Pennsylvania should stop electing appellate court judges and establish a system of merit selection and gubernatorial appointment.
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