January 8, 2016 |
A COMMON PLEAS judge is expected tomorrow to hear a request by the Rev. Adolphus C. Prince for an injunction to block a second vote on his employment at Zion Baptist Church. The hearing comes one day before Saturday's scheduled revote. In a filing to stop the vote and be reinstated, Prince, also known as A. Carl Prince, alleged that the July 12, 2014, vote that dismissed him was illegal because members were not given three months' notice as called for by the church's bylaws. The complaint said Prince signed a contract or "covenant" when he was hired in January 2012 requiring that prior to a vote, "there must be full disclosure to the church of the facts on which the termination is based.
January 7, 2016 |
Embattled state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin tried to install new leaders in Philadelphia's massive court system by pushing his colleagues on the high court to act before three new justices joined the bench this week. Chief Justice Thomas Saylor and two other justices confirmed Tuesday that Eakin had urged them to put new leaders in place last month, but said they rejected his proposal. Eakin's move would have cut the new justices out of a major decision, handing out a political plum right before they took office: oversight of the nation's fifth-largest court system.
January 6, 2016 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider Virtua Health's motion to block implementation of a law that would force the hospital to cede partial control of emergency medical services in Camden to Cooper University Hospital, pending the state's appeal. The high court said in an order that it would hear Virtua's full motion next Tuesday. The court's action comes after the Appellate Division reversed a lower court judge's stay of the law, signed by Republican Gov. Christie in July.
January 6, 2016 |
Let's make this clear: The rise of Isaiah Miles on Hawk Hill is the most important Big Five development this season. Let Miles himself offer a clue as to how it happened. "Burgers," Miles said Monday before practice, in advance of the game Tuesday against Virginia Commonwealth. "I don't eat burgers any more. " Miles was a helpful player for the St. Joseph's Hawks last season. Now he has been a regular force. Since the Hawks already had a force in DeAndre' Bembry, a two-force team is generally a pretty good one. That helps explain the 11-2 Hawks, who already have more wins than all of last season, and are getting top-25 votes in the AP poll.
January 6, 2016 |
Tyrone Peake, then 18, didn't know how to drive, but that didn't stop him from grabbing a ride with friends in a stolen car. That ride resulted in a felony conviction; though Peake received only three years of probation, it has cost the Philadelphian jobs and money ever since. Now 53 and law-abiding since his conviction, Peake still is impeded by his record as he pursues a career in behavioral health, specifically working with vulnerable seniors. Last week, Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court declared unconstitutional the Older Adults Protective Services Act's lifetime ban on the employment of convicted felons.
January 3, 2016 |
LOS ANGELES - Joel Embiid is in the midst of his West Coast rehabilitation plan. The 76ers' sidelined center arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday. Sixers coach Brett Brown said he would stay for a few days, doing on- and off-the-court work. Asked if Embiid's trip to California included a doctor's visit, Brown responded, "Not so much that. " "It's all part of that rehab and that plan and path that he is on with David Martin, one of the world's recognized sports scientists," Brown said.
December 30, 2015 |
Philadelphia prosecutors urged a state appellate court on Monday to reconsider its decision to overturn what had been the first conviction nationwide of a Roman Catholic Church official for covering up child sex abuse by priests. District Attorney Seth Williams asked Superior Court for a chance to reargue the case against Msgr. William J. Lynn in front of all nine judges. His request came a week after a three-judge panel ordered a new trial for Lynn, continuing an up-and-down legal fight for the 64-year-old prelate three years after his conviction on child endangerment charges.
December 30, 2015
By Kevin M. Dougherty Guaranteeing the fair and impartial administration of justice for all is a massive and complicated undertaking for a jurisdiction as large as the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, which encompasses the city of Philadelphia. During my tenure as the administrative judge for the First Judicial District, I have worked with amazing judges, as well as the incredible women and men who comprise the district, to improve court efficiencies, while balancing the need for public safety and the reentry and integration of formerly incarcerated people back into our communities.
December 25, 2015
MONTGOMERY COUNTY District courts to consolidate JENKINTOWN Montgomery County will consolidate three district courts in Jenkintown into one shared building as part of an ongoing effort to combine court operations around the county. Under a lease approved last week by the county commissioners, three district courts in Jenkintown are to begin moving into a building on Old York Road next year. All three courts, under District Judges Elizabeth McHugh, Christopher Cerski, and Juanita Price, would be in the building by 2018.
December 25, 2015 |
Court: Go back to Madonna Madonna was understandably upset when her 15-year-old son told her that he refused to leave his dad's house in Britain to join her for the holidays in New York. Rocco Ritchie has been staying with Madge's ex-hub, British filmmaker Guy Ritchie , across the Atlantic. He doesn't want to fly over, Ritchie's attorney has said. What's a mother to do? Some would shout, cry, or plead. Madge, 57, went to court. The "Like a Virgin" singer has won a court order compelling Rocco to return to his ma's home - by force if necessary.