September 10, 2005 |
As jurors watched testimony and studied evidence during the recent murder trial of Ronald Burris, some appeared to be taking voluminous notes in court-issued notebooks. Others seemed to jot only a few things down. To see jurors with pen and paper in hand is a big change for Pennsylvania's criminal-justice system, which until Aug. 1 prohibited jury note-taking during trials. Now, the state Supreme Court is conducting a two-year test program, allowing jurors to take notes in all criminal cases lasting at least three days.
June 23, 2005 |
Actor Bill Cosby is not opposed to protecting the identities of women seeking to testify against him in a sexual assault lawsuit - as long as their lawyers keep their allegations against him secret, too, his attorney said in federal court yesterday. Attorney Patrick O'Connor said Cosby seeks "balanced confidentiality" in the case that now involves a dozen women - nine seeking to remain anonymous. U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno earlier rejected Cosby's bid for a gag order on the widely publicized case brought by a 31-year-old former Temple University employee.
May 5, 2005 |
Attorneys in the civil court sexual-assault case against comedian Bill Cosby are asking a federal judge in Philadelphia to shroud the proceedings in secrecy. In a motion filed last week, Cosby's Philadelphia attorney asked U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno to protect Cosby from "undue embarrassment" by requiring that "all information uncovered or obtained in discovery . . . be treated as confidential. " "I know he's a public figure, but everybody deserves some privacy," attorney Patrick O'Connor said.
September 15, 2004 |
With one dissent, the Chester County Prison Board voted yesterday to accept the resignation - with a confidential severance agreement - of Chester County Prison Warden John H. Masters. "I voted 'no' because I don't think it's appropriate to have confidential agreements . . . especially when they involve taxpaper funds," County Commissioner Andrew E. Dinniman said. Commissioner Donald A. Mancini, head of the seven-member prison-oversight board, read a retirement statement prepared by Masters, 55, who began working at the prison 33 years ago as a corrections counselor.
April 2, 2004 |
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Vicki Phillips yesterday stood by her decision not to release middle school teacher test results for the state's 501 school districts. In a telephone interview, Phillips said that many districts - unlike Philadelphia - have few teachers taking the tests, and that releasing the data could breach teachers' confidentiality. She also contended that the employment records used to compile the data could contain inaccuracies and outdated information that would need to be weeded out by local districts.
October 23, 2003 |
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld is questioning whether the United States is winning its war against international terrorism. "Today, we lack the metrics to know if we are winning or losing the global war on terror," wrote Rumsfeld, one of the main architects of the campaign, in a confidential Oct. 16 memo to his top civilian and military advisers. "Are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than [are] deploying against us?" Rumsfeld later said: "It's pretty clear that the [U.S.
July 26, 2003 |
I have just finished an advanced speed-reading course and gone through this morning's 405 spam e-mails. If I might briefly sum up: Mr. Ndeke Oblongo, a victim of unspeakable political persecution, finds himself temporarily short of funds. Anyone who sends him a modest advance of $100,000 will experience a dramatic enlargement of his mortgage by several inches and a shortening of his penis by many years. Or was it the other way around? Mr. Oblongo, who confidently expects to inherit King Solomon's mine next week and will reward investors with a 10,000 percent return on their outlay, will even send along a consignment of super-low-priced printer cartridges with a lifetime supply of Viagra couriered to your door by two hot nymphets for use with same.
April 24, 2003 |
The school board is considering a draft recommendation of proposed changes to its closed-to-the-public committee system and other procedural matters. The draft, prepared by Board Solicitor Reese A. Davis, was discussed at an executive session before Tuesday night's public board meeting. Chase F. Gibson, the board's president, said the recommended changes likely would be given a first reading at the May 13 meeting. Gibson would not elaborate on the proposed changes, but he said last month that the board would review confidentiality issues and "the recently questioned, but never actually legally challenged, liaison committees of the board.
October 24, 2002 |
I deleted the first e-mail reminders that the deadline to register for my 15-year high school reunion was rapidly approaching. Could it possibly be that long? When the first mailer came regarding interest for a reunion, I e-mailed to get more information on old classmates. I wanted to know what they were doing now. How had they changed? As time passed, however, my interest waned. Did I really want to get in a room with a bunch of people I hadn't talked to in more than a decade and listen to '80s music, and, inevitably, our prom song?
July 16, 2002
By Carl Golden When Gov. McGreevey used an executive order to shut off access to potentially thousands of government documents (only 24 hours after the new Open Public Records Law went into effect), he irked those who fought for the new statute, but he also sharpened the focus on the near impossibility of drafting a law that satisfies everybody. The futility of using statutory authority to define with precision the public's right to see each and every document produced or maintained by government entities has been made clearer by McGreevey's action.