Following through on intentions declared
around this year's May primary, Philadelphia's legislators are attempting to reform the way that the city's judges are selected
-- hopefully replacing the current payola scheme with something that will better take qualifications into account. State Senators Williams and Fumo have introduced a bill that would set up a new process, including
- a judicial nominating commission (with inter- and intra-party balance of input)
- allowing the governor to make the final selections from a short list
- giving voters the option to vote to retain or oust judges after four years.
This all sounds very sane, but it apparently faces an uphill battle, requiring an amendment to the state constitution, among other hurdles. I agree with the reporter's sentiments: Long process. Long odds. Long overdue.