October 23, 2013 |
A lawsuit contesting the firing of Inquirer editor William K. Marimow is scheduled for its first airing in a Philadelphia courtroom Tuesday. Among the questions facing Common Pleas Court Judge Patricia A. McInerney is whether the case should stay there. Publisher Robert J. Hall, a defendant in the case filed by Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, argued last week in court papers that the dispute belongs in Delaware, where the paper's parent company, Interstate General Media, was incorporated last year.
October 20, 2013 |
In what is being seen as a major victory for marriage equity, New Jersey's highest court resoundingly refused to stand in the way of same-sex marriages' commencing in the state Monday. The state Supreme Court unanimously denied the Christie administration's request to not allow same-sex marriages pending its appeal of a lower court decision clearing the way for them. In a 7-0 ruling, the court stated in its decision Friday "that the public interest does not favor a stay. " In a statement, Gov. Christie's spokesman said: "The Supreme Court has made its determination.
October 19, 2013 |
TRENTON The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved Gov. Christie's nomination of Faustino Fernandez-Vina to the New Jersey Supreme Court, though not before grilling the Camden County Superior Court assignment judge on hot-button issues. Democrats pressed Fernandez-Vina on same-sex marriage, abortion, and Supreme Court decisions on affordable housing and school funding, but elicited no opinions from the nominee, who said repeatedly that it would be inappropriate for him to comment on decisions by other judges and that his opinions would have no bearing on how he would decide a case.
October 17, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a 25-year prison sentence imposed on a former Wharton School professor for smuggling child pornography. Lawrence Scott Ward, 70, already was serving a 15-year term for child-porn trafficking when he was sentenced in 2009 to spend a further 10 years in prison for a related case. Ward, once a world-renowned marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was caught smuggling photos and video of himself having sex with a 16-year-old boy in Brazil.
October 17, 2013 |
Now it's up to the state Supreme Court to decide whether New Jersey starts permitting same-sex marriage next week. On Tuesday, the lawyers for the couples and their children who brought the lawsuit Garden State Equality v. Dow filed a brief opposing the state's effort to halt the marriages. The state's highest court had announced Friday that it was taking up the Christie administration's appeal of Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson's landmark Sept. 27 decision, as well as her refusal to issue a stay on her order that same-sex marriages be permitted starting Monday.
October 13, 2013 |
New Jersey's highest court has agreed to hear the Christie administration's appeal of a Superior Court decision to allow same-sex marriage. In the same notice, dated Friday, the Supreme Court indicated that it also was taking over the state's request for a stay on the lower court's order to permit same-sex marriages to begin Oct. 21. Earlier Friday, the state Attorney General's Office filed a motion with Superior Court's Appellate Division to...
October 11, 2013 |
THE OWNERS of Philadelphia's daily newspapers are taking their squabble over the future of the Inquirer to a courtroom. Entities representing two owners with 42 percent ownership of the parent company of the Daily News, Inquirer and Philly.com filed suit in Common Pleas Court yesterday seeking to reinstate ousted Inquirer editor Bill Marimow. The two Interstate General Media stakeholders - parking-lot magnate Lewis Katz and philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest - are also asking for the removal of Robert J. Hall, the publisher of the Inquirer and Daily News . A 10-page legal complaint alleges that Hall's firing of Marimow - a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter on his second stint as Inquirer editor - on Monday was "unauthorized, unforeseen and ill-advised.
October 11, 2013 |
AS ROMANTIC overtures go, a boob grab isn't especially effective at enticing a lady into bed. But a Montgomery County woman claims a Philadelphia sheriff's deputy did that and more in an effort to get her phone number for a date. So she sued him in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on Tuesday, seeking more than $50,000 in damages for assault and battery because the incident caused her "physical pain, mental anguish, anxiety, loss of sleep and nightmares. " Keren A. Prescott, 32, a pastor's daughter who lives in Elkins Park, went to Philadelphia Traffic Court at 8th and Spring Garden streets on April 30 to handle a traffic ticket, according to the lawsuit.
October 6, 2013 |
JERRY LEWIS, uh-huh, that Jerry Lewis, the slapstick comic, looks Muhammad Ali right in the eye, and screeches, "You're a big bag of wind. " A startled Ali interrupts, sputtering. Lewis finally yelps, "Shut up and let me finish . . . you're a big bag of wind but you're one of the greatest entertainers . . . " It's just a moment in "The Trials of Muhammad Ali," a lively new documentary being shown at the Ritz at the Bourse. A defining moment? Entertainer? Is that what Ali was?
September 30, 2013 |
HE, THE son of a preacher, was a student and football player at Temple University. She, a Temple business major, entered beauty pageants in her spare time. There's no disputing that they had sex in his dorm room on May 26 of last year. But whether it was consensual is a question that will soon be put to the court. The woman, 22, told police she was raped by the athlete after he invited her to his dorm to watch TV. (The Daily News does not print the names of alleged victims of sexual assaults.)