Miami forum discusses public funding of judicial campaigns Miami forum discusses public funding of judicial campaigns May 15, 2002 Regular News 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.
LONDON, England, CMC –Barbadian fast bowler Jofra Archer completed his fairytale arrival in international cricket in England on Sunday, bowling a dramatic Super Over as England won their first-ever World Cup by defeating New Zealand in a sensational finish at Lord’s.Asked to bowl the decisive nerve-jangling over after scores were tied at 241 in the 2019 final, the 24-year-old, who made his England debut just two months ago, remarkably held his nerve to deliver for his adopted country.Man-of-the-Match Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler scraped 15 runs after England off England’s Super Over, leaving rookie Archer – with a mere 14 One-Day Internationals to his name – with the task of defending the target.He started nervously, sending down a wide before Jimmy Neesham took two to long-off off the second delivery. Neesham then crunched the third ball over mid-wicket for six, leaving New Zealand with seven to get off three balls.Archer opted for full-length deliveries for his next two balls, both of which were squeezed away by Neesham for twos, before a single off the fifth ball left New Zealand with two to win off the final delivery.Archer speared the delivery into the pads of Martin Guptill who clipped to mid-wicket but found himself short of his ground as he came back for the vital second run. Afterwards, Archer hailed the influence of Stokes, Test skipper Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan during the nervy Super Over.“I actually went to Morgs first. I had an idea I was going to do it but I wanted to double-check that he wanted me to do it,” Archer said. “I think it was going fine until the six, and then Stokes told me even before the over: ‘win or lose, today does not define you. Everyone believes in you.’“To back up what he said, if we did lose there is a T20 coming up next year and I would have another chance.” He added: “Rooty came up to me and said some inspirational words as well. I knew that if we did lose, it wasn’t the end of the world. I am glad that the guys look up to me and they trust me to do it.“The skipper really believed in me, even after the six. A lot of captains could have had their head in their hands, but he was really calm and really understanding.”Archer had earlier captured one for 42 from a miserly 10-over spell to help restrict New Zealand to 241 for eight off their 50 overs, after they had opted to bat first. Henry Nicholls top-scored with 55, Tom Latham got 47 while captain Kane Williamson chipped in with 30, as seamers Chris Woakes (3-37) and Liam Plunkett (3-42) got the wickets.In reply, England were slumping at 86 for four in the 24th over before Stokes smashed 84 not out and Buttler, 59, in a 110-run, fifth-wicket stand to revive the run chase. England needed 15 from the last over and then two off the last ball but Mark Wood was run out coming back for a second run with Stokes.Archer, who only qualified to represent England earlier this year after the England and Wales Cricket Board suddenly amended their eligibility rules, said he could not have asked for a better start to his international career.“I have had the best two months of my life so far – making my debut, making my World Cup debut, playing in the final in the space of two months.He continued: “I hope that any kids watching that want to play cricket now for the whole week, for the whole year and try to pursue it to be professional. We want to inspire the next generation because someone will have to take over from us.”
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