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Bar Association: Vote for these judges

The Philadelphia Bar Association today released a list of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court judges whom the association says should not be re-elected.

Bar Association: Vote for these judges

The Philadelphia Bar Association today released a list of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court judges whom the association says should not be re-elected.

The association also identified judges it says should be re-elected, and weighed in on which judicial candidates deserved to be elected.

The sitting judges who made the "Not Recommended" list include  longtime Municipal Court Judge James DeLeon and Common Pleas Court Judges Robert Rebstock and James Lynn.

Here's the press release from the Bar Association:

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES JUDICIAL RATINGS, RELEASES POLL RESULTS

Rudolph Garcia, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, today announced the results to date of the Association’s investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in the Nov. 8 general election.  The investigation was conducted by the Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

In addition, the Commission also released the results of a poll of all Philadelphia lawyers conducted for the Bar Association earlier this year by Votenet.  The poll invited respondents to rate specific aspects of the judicial performance of each of the existing judges seeking retention for additional terms. Under the bylaws of the Association, the poll is not binding upon the Commission’s deliberations, although it must be published with the Commission’s findings.

“We wanted to get the results of our evaluations out as soon as possible and invite people to consider the ratings before casting their votes.  They can do this by visiting our website at www.philadelphiabar.org,” Garcia said.  The Chancellor pointed out that the Association’s Campaign for Qualified Judges has launched a banner that appears on the homepage of the Association’s website.  The banner contains a link to print the candidates’ ratings so voters can bring the list to the polls.  Garcia said the Association wants voters to know “not just who are recommended but why the judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy into evaluating these candidates.  This is the one place for voters to find thorough, non-partisan, objective ratings of the candidates.”

“In all, we conducted hundreds of hours of interviews, many hours of hearings, involved a great cross section of the Bar and lay people, all to the benefit of the Philadelphia voters.  The Commission collects, evaluates and summarizes all of the information a voter could need,” said Commission Chair Richard S. Seidel.

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is independent and non-partisan.  It includes lawyers and non-lawyers.  Among the members of the Commission are community leaders, officials including the District Attorney, Chief Public Defender, City Solicitor, and the President Judges of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, and representatives of minority legal groups and various sections of the Bar.

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by the Commission’s own 120-member investigative division, one-third of whom are non-lawyer members.  Candidates found “Recommended” satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability, experience, integrity, temperament, community involvement and judgment.  Complete details can be found at www.philadelphiabar.org.

The Commission expects to conclude its investigation process shortly, at which time a complete list of judicial ratings will appear at www.philadelphiabar.org.

  The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found “RECOMMENDED” for retention to the Court of Common Pleas:

 Joan A. Brown                                    Recommended           

Denis P. Cohen                                   Recommended

Rose Marie Defino-Nastasi                Recommended           

Thomas Dempsey                                Recommended

Kevin M. Dougherty                           Recommended

Gary S. Glazer                                                Recommended

Elizabeth Jackson                                Recommended

Margaret T. Murphy                            Recommended

Arnold L. New                                   Recommended

George W. Overton                            Recommended

Paul P. Panepinto                                Recommended

Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro               Recommended

Lisa M. Rau                                        Recommended

Gregory E. Smith                                Recommended

Albert John Snite, Jr.                          Recommended

Earl W. Trent, Jr.                                 Recommended

Chris R. Wogan                                  Recommended

 

 The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found “NOT RECOMMENDED” for retention to the Court of Common Pleas:

 James Murray Lynn                            Not Recommended

Robert J. Rebstock                              Not Recommended

 The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found “RECOMMENDED” for retention to Municipal Court:

 Thomas F. Gehret                               Recommended

William A. Meehan, Jr.                       Recommended

Bradley K. Moss                                 Recommended

Harvey W. Robbins                            Recommended

David C. Shuter                                  Recommended

Karen Y. Simmons                              Recommended

 The following judge was found “NOT RECOMMENDED” for retention to Municipal Court:

 James M. DeLeon                               Not Recommended

 

The Commission also announced its ratings of the following candidates who have been found “RECOMMENDED” for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Diana Anhalt                                       Recommended           

Anne Marie B. Coyle                          Recommended           

Charles Ehrlich                                    Recommended

Angelo J. Foglietta                              Recommended           

Jonathan Q. Irvine                              Recommended           

Vincent L. Johnson                             Recommended           

Sean Kennedy                                     Recommended           

Barbara A. McDermott                       Recommended           

Maria McLaughlin                              Recommended           

Carolyn H. Nichols                             Recommended           

Kenneth J. Powell, Jr.                         Recommended           

Edward C. Wright                              Recommended           

 The Commission found the following candidates “NOT RECOMMENDED” for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

 Jim Divergilis                                      Not Recommended

Ted J. Vigilante                                   Not Recommended

 

 

 

 

 

The Commission announced its ratings of the following candidates who have been found “RECOMMENDED” for election to Municipal Court:

 

Joyce Eubanks                                                Recommended           

Marvin L. Williams                             Recommended 

Maria McLaughlin                              Recommended           

Carolyn H. Nichols                             Recommended           

Kenneth J. Powell, Jr.                         Recommended           

Edward C. Wright                              Recommended           

 

 

 

The Commission found the following candidates “NOT RECOMMENDED” for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

 

Jim Divergilis                                      Not Recommended

Ted J. Vigilante                                   Not Recommended

 

 

 

 

 

The Commission announced its ratings of the following candidates who have been found “RECOMMENDED” for election to Municipal Court:

 

Joyce Eubanks                                                Recommended           

Marvin L. Williams                             Recommended

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