January 21, 1990 |
Stacked in the Paoli offices of District Justice Armand Pomante is a pile of court fees, including fines, bail and settlement costs that date back as far as last summer but still have not made their way to the county courthouse for processing. No one knows exactly how much money is actually waiting to be processed. What is known is that there simply aren't enough people do to the work. "They just haven't had sufficient staff to follow procedures," said district justice court administrator Kathy Cox. According to Cox, the Paoli court lost three of its six clerks in September.
February 10, 2005 |
Edward Andrew Harris and Miriam Katinos are self-described horse lovers. But their shared passion for all things equestrian landed them on opposite sides in a war over a Franklin Township horse farm. Another chapter in the saga of Joseph Stuebing's horse farm came to a close yesterday when a municipal judge fined Harris $800, plus $155 in court fees, for assaulting Katinos. In December, a state Superior Court judge dismissed an animal-cruelty case against Stuebing, ruling that the SPCA's search of his farm in October 2003 was illegal.
February 26, 2008 |
Ralph Nader has jumped into the presidential race, contending that he wants to energize third-party politics. But angry Pennsylvania Democrats say Nader should first settle his legal bills from his last presidential campaign. And until he does, lawyers from Pittsburgh have persuaded a Washington judge to freeze $61,000 in Nader's personal bank accounts. Nevertheless, a defiant Nader said that this year he would once again seek a place on the Pennsylvania ballot, and in an interview he delivered a sharp dig at the state.
October 29, 1992 |
Charlestown has been ordered to allow a developer to build an access road to a subdivision and pay $10,000 in legal fees to the property owner. Last week, Chester County Court Judge Thomas G. Gavin ended the five-year court battle with an eight-page decision that enforced an agreement the township and the developer, MCF Associates Inc., had worked out in April. The landowner, Pauline S. Baugh, originally had agreed to sell 76 acres to MCF Associates. Most of the land - about 71 acres - was in Tredyffrin Township, with about five acres spilling over into Charlestown.
October 13, 2010 |
The 300-plus-year-old Philadelphia Clerk of Quarter Sessions Office formally died Tuesday as Mayor Nutter signed legislation abolishing its powers and duties. The move represented "one more tangible piece of proof that government can be reformed," the mayor said, emphasizing his pledge to make city government more efficient and transparent. The office was one of four city offices led by independently elected officials. While the office no longer exists, there are no immediate cost savings.
October 16, 1996 |
The Brooklyn, N.Y., man who represented himself to court officials last week as the king of the Gypsies in winning the release of two alleged scammers is not affiliated with any official Gypsy group, a spokesman said yesterday Witold "Victor" Lakatosz appeared in District Court here, posted $1,340 in cash, and gave his word as the Gypsy leader that the defendants would never again enter the township. But Ian Hancock, chairman of the 32-nation International Romani Union, said the president of the Romani people - better known as Gypsies - is Rajko Djuric.
July 9, 1994 |
A dispute over funding to modernize courts statewide has resulted in the layoffs and firings of 18 employees involved in a seven-year-old automation effort. The staffing cuts are a blow to the state Judicial Computer Project, which had introduced computerization to the district justice system and was proceeding with a sweeping upgrade of Common Pleas Courts. The recently approved 1994-95 state budget contains a $13 million appropriation for the project, but there is a glitch.
August 8, 1989 |
The city agreed yesterday in federal court to make sure it doesn't again run out of money to pay court-appointed lawyers assigned to poor defendants. Samuel C. Stretton, a Center City attorney, called the agreement "a major victory for the defendants' constitutional rights. " "You have to assure poor people the same trial rights as rich people," he said. The city in the spring ran out of money reserved in its budget to pay the court-appointed counsel, and therefore stopped payments for lawyers, as well as fees for investigators and specialists needed for their defense.
March 3, 2011
COLUMNIST John Baer's hit piece on Gov. Corbett and Budget Secretary Charles Zogby failed to mention that the state's Marcellus Shale drillers pay the highest net corporate- income tax in the country, that Marcellus Shale is the No. 1 job creator in Pennsylvania and that increased natural-gas production is lowering cost of energy for businesses and homeowners. He also failed to mention that "green" businesses and the Forgotten Taxpayer both funded the anti-drilling lobbyist, Penn Future.
March 2, 2011 |
The Philadelphia city controller and a top judge pledged Tuesday to garnish the pay of 622 city employees who have forfeited bail in criminal cases, owe court fees, or must pay restitution to crime victims - unless they come up with the money voluntarily. The officials are targeting the city workers as they begin a campaign to collect $1.5 billion in back court debt. City workers are delinquent on a small portion of that - $1 million. "It's almost inconceivable that 622 Philadelphia city employees - who should know better - owe the courts an estimated $1 million in delinquent fines and court fees," said Municipal Court President Judge Marsha Neifield.