NM judges to decide on pay raises … for themselves

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Ethics, Judiciary, Judiciary, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

CONFLICT OF INTEREST?: The five justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court have a case before them that would grant all judges in the state an 8 percent raise.

The five justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court may find themselves in a position most American workers can only dream of: giving themselves a raise.

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MS circuit clerk can’t use taxpayer money to fight embezzlement charges

By   /  March 6, 2014  /  Ethics, Finances, Judiciary, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

SAY CHEESE: Shelly Ashley Palmertree's mugshot from her arrest on embezzlement charges. PHOTO: OFFICE OF THE STATE AUDITOR

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
Mississippi taxpayers won’t have to foot the legal  bill for a county circuit clerk accused of embezzlement.
Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree, who was indicted in January on three counts of embezzlement, is on her own with her legal bills. Hinds County Judge Dewayne Thomas issued an order Tuesday [...]

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Vermont judges primed for corruption?

By   /  December 4, 2013  /  Accountability, Featured, Issues, Judicial Reform, Judiciary, Judiciary, Power Abuse, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments


By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
In the case of how likely it is for judges to succumb to corruption, Vermont gets a big, fat “F.”
That’s the finding from the independent investigative journalism group Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., which compared judicial financial disclosures nationwide.
In the survey scoring the reporting requirements put [...]

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Justices spent $300K on TV ads before retention elections, report says

By   /  November 14, 2013  /  Elections, Featured, Issues, Judicial Reform, Judiciary, Judiciary, News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments


Two Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices won more time on the bench last week, thanks in part to more than $300,000 in TV ads during the final weeks of the campaign.

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Castille, Baer win retention to PA Supreme Court despite grassroots opposition

By   /  November 6, 2013  /  Election Night Coverage, Elections, Featured, Judiciary, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments


By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
Chief Justice Ron Castille and fellow state Supreme Court Justice Max Baer easily survived retention elections on Tuesday night and will continue to serve on the state’s highest court.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting statewide, Castille had 68 percent of the vote and Baer had 71 percent of the vote.  [...]

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