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Miami forum discusses public funding of judicial campaigns

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first_img Miami forum discusses public funding of judicial campaigns Miami forum discusses public funding of judicial campaigns May 15, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img The idea of public financing of judicial campaigns is gaining momentum nationwide as well as in Florida, according to Edith Osman of Miami, a former president of The Florida Bar and a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence.“It is incumbent on the legal profession to find ways to better the current system of judicial selection,” Osman said. “Although Florida voters last year rejected merit retention for trial judges, a great many people think the time is ripe to re-evaluate judicial selection because so many people are uncomfortable with current methods of financing judicial campaigns.”Two leaders of the ABA’s effort to enhance judicial independence, D. Dudley Oldham of Houston and Edward Madeira, Jr., of Philadelphia, met with Florida and Dade bar leaders recently to discuss judicial qualifications and public financing of judicial campaigns.“The American Bar Association is providing a variety of solutions to problems that plague judicial selection and threaten the independence of the judiciary,” said Oldham, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence.“Public financing of judicial campaigns is another option recently recommended by the ABA. It is important to remember that regardless of the selection method used in individual states, Americans want fair and impartial judges. Respect for the rule of law is what sets our country apart and makes our system of government an example for all.”He said that North Carolina, Wisconsin, Texas, and several other states are giving serious consideration to public financing proposals.Miami bar leaders, even those on opposite sides of the merit selection issue when it appeared on the ballot in the November 2000 election, expressed support for public financing of judicial campaigns. They said judges should be removed from a process that requires them to raise large amounts of campaign money, and one proponent said public financing of judicial campaigns in Dade County would cost only $1.5 million, according to Oldham.Stephen Zack, a Miami lawyer who serves as chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, told the gathering that it would be “fabulous” if public financing could be enacted for $1.5 million, but he said perhaps the cost would be higher.Proponents said they hoped Florida legislators would approve a “local option” on public financing allowing each county to decide whether to finance judicial campaigns with public money.Madeira, chair of the ABA Commission on State Judicial Selection Standards, said people across America are concerned about the qualifications of judges, and that proposed judicial eligibility panel could evaluate judicial candidates’ qualifications.“The standards adopted by the ABA are intended to be consistent with merit-based selection of judges, and in states such as Florida, where the voters have chosen to continue electing trial court judges, the standards can be used as a basis to improve public confidence that qualified judges are being elected,” Madeira said.last_img read more

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NegOcc crimes down 35.68%

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first_imgNOPPO officer-in-charge Colonel Romy Palgue said robbery cases dropped by almost half at 49.02 percent, followed by theft cases at 48.68 percent. Palgue attributed the trend to the increased police presence in the streets due to implementation of the province-wide community quarantine to slow down or eliminate the possibility of coronavirus disease transmissions in Negros Occidental.NOPPO also reported an increase of 8.37 percent in police initiated operations. The figure reflects increased police activities and initiatives to apprehend violators./PN He noted a decline in six other “focus crimes” – physical injury, theft, murder, rape, homicide, and motorcycle hijacking.Physical injuries, according to Palgue, had a drop of almost 42 percent; while murder cases saw a 48.68 percent skid. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – The crime volume in Negros Occidental decreased by 35.68 percent in the first six months of 2020, data from Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) showed. NOPPO recorded no cases of vehicles being stolen.last_img read more

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FINAL: Syracuse football beats Boston College, 28-20

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Football: Despite some new faces, much is the same for Wisconsin’s linebackers

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first_imgKey departures have overshadowed the bright future awaiting University of Wisconsin football next season.These three weeks of work before the annual spring game will be crucial for the Badgers, who look to replace key talent all over its roster. But while the process is seemingly daunting, it actually isn’t.Despite all the big name departures (Defensive coordinatior Dave Aranda, quarterback Joel Stave, linebacker Joe Schobert) this squad has seen this offseason, the Badgers actually return most of their key players on both sides of the ball. In fact, the least turnover of any position for Wisconsin is in the defensive line-backing core.Football: Three former Badgers take part in NFL Combine in IndianapolisWhile there will be plenty of members from the 2015 University of Wisconsin football team’s roster headed for the NFL Read…“One thing that a guy like Schobert always did for the defense was make sure the young guys were in the drills and staying active,” sophomore T.J. Edwards said. “All of us being here for a while now gives us that ability to keep all the new guys in the rotation.”Despite this being Edwards’ first set of spring practices, the sophomore led the team in tackles as a freshman last season (84).Six of the seven starting linebackers from last year’s number one ranked scoring defense are back, including now senior captain Vince Biegel.Biegel had a standout season as a sophomore, but assumed a diminished role last year behind Schobert’s dominant senior campaign. He now looks to return to the top of the draft board and the team as a projected preseason First Team All American while also leading a young, promising line-backing core.Football: “Yin-yang” balance between OLBs Biegel, Schobert spells doom for opposing offensesAfter a series of fist pumps, chest bumps, hoots and hollers from other teammates, Wisconsin football outside linebacker Joe Schobert, Read…“Biegel was such a leader for us last year and I think even more of one now coming back for his senior year,” outside linebacker coach Tim Tibesar said. “He’s stepped up and he wants to be that leader. He doesn’t just want to teach the linebackers or the defense, but the team. I think he’s really embraced that role.”Tibesar is one of the few familiar faces left on a defensive front that enters 2016 without Aranda and their former defensive back coach Daronte Jones. Aranda left to be defensive coordinator for LSU and Jones left to be an assistant defensive back coach with the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.New defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox takes over Aranda’s duties as head of inside linebackers following a failed one year stint at USC as defensive coordinator. He even coached against the Badgers in the Holiday Bowl last season.Football: Chryst believes Wilcox is ‘great fit’ as new defensive coordinatorWhen asked about his new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox in a press conference Monday, University of Wisconsin head football coach Read…“We want to be experts at our position and learn the situations of football,” Wilcox said. “Spring ball goes back to fundamentals and learning the verbage of the schemes. Talent is important in football and we have a lot of talent on this team; it just comes down to how you utilize that talent.”Wilcox’s intent on playing intelligent football is reminiscent of how the program has carried itself historically. While never boasting the top recruiting class, Wisconsin has always done more with less.Much of that comes from playing in an informed manner.“Wilcox calls it ‘getting your Ph.D.,’” Edwards said. “Our inside linebackers need to know every little thing so we can make our checks and we’re sure about our decisions. He’s really good with the fundamentals.”After a lot of conversation this offseason, the man who looks to be filling that final, seventh spot on the defensive front is redshirt junior T.J. Watt.Football: T.J. Watt makes impact any way he can for BadgersGlance at the Wisconsin football team’s depth chart, and No. 42’s last name looks familiar. That’s because the number belongs Read…T.J. Watt, the third and final Watt to come through Wisconsin, gained valuable experience subbing in for a tired Biegel whenever he needed rest at the end of last season. His play was indicative of the type of player he can be: one that will fit in nicely with Wisconsin’s current core of linebackers.“As a group, we want to be able to create more takeaways and make it harder on opposing offenses,” Tibesar said. “We just hope we can make more plays as a line-backing core and some of these young guys will help us do that.”With some new faces, there are ever present worries. But coaches and players have faith in one another.The resounding message coming out of spring practice from both the coaches and players was the importance of leadership in the linebackers.“Leadership just kind of comes with knowing the defense,” junior Jack Cichy said. “It allows you to help lead and direct people where to go. It gets to the point where you can do it thoughtlessly and these first few days have been great to get our feet wet with it.”The new but old set of linebackers will debut for the Badgers at the Wisconsin Spring Game, noon on April 23 at Camp Randall.last_img read more

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