April 27, 2012 |
THERE'S AN an old saying that behind every great man is a great woman. Apart from its obvious sexist slant, there was considerable truth to the maxim in the case of former Pennsylvania Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. and his wife, German-born Renate Elizabeth Nix. "She was very supportive of him," said her daughter, Kimberly Bernhard. "She was the backup. " She traveled with her husband on his many trips on judicial business, took care of the entertainment, and generally helped ease the burdens of his presiding over the state's highest court.
March 28, 2012 |
The Supreme Court is much on Mitch McConnell's mind these days. The Senate minority leader, a Kentucky Republican, just finished reading Jean Edward Smith's biography of John Marshall, the great chief justice. The book, a gift from the current chief justice, John Roberts, reminded McConnell that disagreement over the scope of the congressional power to regulate commerce among the states "goes back to the beginning of the country. " The court is again grappling with the issue this week as it hears arguments about the constitutionality of the health-care legislation that President Obama signed two years ago. McConnell plans to attend part of the oral argument.
February 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has nine justices, but if the constitutional fight over same-sex marriage reaches them this year, the decision will probably come down to just one: a California Republican and Reagan-era conservative who has written the court's two leading gay-rights opinions. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, 75, often holds the court's deciding vote on the major issues that divide its liberals and conservatives. More often than not, that vote has swung the court to the right.
November 28, 2011
By Shira J. Goodman and Lynn A. Marks Having advocated a new Family Court building for years, we are very pleased that its construction is progressing at 15th and Arch Streets, and that the city's families will have a new, unified court in the foreseeable future. This is a major accomplishment for the public, the court system, and Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille. However, the process leading to this achievement has been fraught with problems, complications, and setbacks.
October 6, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg invoked Aaron Copland. The chief justice countered with Jimi Hendrix. That generational divide at the high court was on display Wednesday as the justices heard arguments about whether Congress acted properly in extending U.S. copyright protection to millions of works by foreign artists and authors that had been in the public domain - meaning they could be performed and used in other ways without paying...
June 19, 2011
This paper has published several articles and commentaries about Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille's acceptance of gifts - travel and entertainment - from lawyers and law firms that do and could appear in his courtroom. We have also written extensively about the location and construction of a new Family Court building for Philadelphia. In a letter that appears on this page, Chief Justice Castille takes issue with our coverage and decries his depiction in one of our cartoons.
June 19, 2011
Chief justice says coverage was unfair Having served in publicly elected office for decades, I am certainly accustomed to the rough-and-tumble media coverage of public service and the influence that big-city newspapers wield in their coverage. Ideally, the press investigates matters of public importance, thoroughly reviews the relevant facts, and, for the public's benefit, provides an objective and reasoned analysis of the issue at hand. However, your publication crossed the line in its inaccurate, unfair, and biased coverage of me during the past year, the most egregious example of which was your Boss Tweed-style cartoon depicting me as a corrupt judge with cash, watches, and other bribes concealed in my clothing.
June 2, 2011 |
It is good to be Bernard Hopkins these days. He is carrying around four world championship belts. At 46 and having just won a unanimous decision over Jean Pascal, he is the oldest fighter ever to win a title, a distinction that George Foreman turned into a small fortune when he finally hung up his gloves and started grilling. Hopkins is fit, healthy, presumably rich, and still fighting. Check out his Twitter account. His bio says, and the caps and punctuation are his: "WORLD LightHeavyweight Champion!
November 28, 2010 |
Chief Justice Ron Castille reported receiving thousands of dollars in gifts, rounds of golf, and travel expenses over the years from powerful law firms, civic leaders, and associations. This, I'm sorry to say, is perfectly legal in Pennsylvania, the land that ethics forgot. "We call that ordinary social hospitality," Castille said Friday. "You can't be nice? You can't be, like, social?" Since 2007, Saul Ewing L.L.P., a firm with 237 lawyers, has treated Castille to the annual Pennsylvania Society bash at Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria, with last year's trip worth $1,900.
November 22, 2010
WE ARE getting raked over the coals by Chief Justice Ron Castille. Why? He decided to give 19,000 fugitives an early Christmas present. I'm glad Castille is so worried about the court backlog that he decided why put that pressure on the criminals? - let them go and commit new crimes. What a standup guy. As a retired Philadelphia police officer, I know that the law-abiding citizens of Pennsylvania don't want their chief justice to act like a high school principal. The criminals committed a crime and refused to show up in court.