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December 23, 2015 | By Chris Palmer and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Gov. Wolf acted within his constitutional authority to temporarily halt the execution of a convicted murderer from Philadelphia, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a unanimous decision, the high court said Wolf had the power to delay the death sentence for Terrance Williams until a legislative task force issued its final report on the future of capital punishment in Pennsylvania. The ruling does not apply to Wolf's broader moratorium on the death penalty, but it was a victory for the governor in the broader and contentious battle over the future of executions in the commonwealth.
NEWS
December 23, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Aimee Belgard, a rarity as a Democrat who served on the Republican-dominated Burlington County Freeholder Board, has been sworn in as a state Superior Court judge. She was assigned to handle small claims and landlord-tenant cases in Mount Holly beginning Tuesday. Belgard, who was a trial lawyer for 14 years, lost her bid for reelection to a second three-year term on the board in a close race last month. Last year, she ran for a congressional seat in a hotly contested race to represent South Jersey's Third District.
NEWS
December 12, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The state's judicial ethics court on Thursday ordered Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin to make a case for why he should not be suspended while it weighs his fate in the pornographic email scandal. The Court of Judicial Discipline said it would hold a Dec. 21 hearing on whether to suspend Eakin as he awaits a trial before the panel on misconduct charges for exchanging emails containing sexually explicit, racist, misogynistic, or homophobic content. Eakin sent and received the emails on a private account, but because he exchanged some with a friend who worked for the Attorney General's Office, they were captured on government computers.
NEWS
December 5, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Traffic Court Judge Michael J. Sullivan pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge that he cheated on payroll taxes at his South Philadelphia bar. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno, who presided at the hearing, in October refused to accept Sullivan's plea until he had more time to review the case. Sullivan, 51, was accused of paying most of his staff at his Fireside Tavern on South Marshall Street under the table for seven years. He allegedly failed to pay $48,000 in taxes.
NEWS
December 4, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
FORMER PHILADELPHIA Traffic Court Judge Michael Sullivan pleaded guilty yesterday in a misdemeanor case involving payroll taxes at his family's South Philly bar. Sullivan, 51, had been the only full-time Traffic Court judge who was acquitted of all charges in a high-profile trial last year in which evidence showed Traffic Court as a hotbed of ticket-fixing - in which judges gave preferential treatment to ticketholders with connections. He was slapped with the tax case this past September.
NEWS
December 4, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal appeals court has declined to reconsider a decision to allow federal investigators to sift through the private emails of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah as his corruption trial looms next year. The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Tuesday denied the Philadelphia Democrat's petition to rehear his arguments, which involve claiming congressional protection from interference from the executive branch. At issue are seven years of correspondence on Fattah's Gmail account.
SPORTS
November 30, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
MEMPHIS - The 76ers are trying to buck a trend. They have gone away from the NBA's move toward small ball and decided to build their team around their two talented big men. Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor are perhaps the two best healthy draft picks of general manager Sam Hinkie's tenure. They have shown they are talented centers in the league's point guard era. Today, few teams boast true centers. The Sixers (0-17), however, have two. Seventeen games is truly a small sample to decide whether these two 6-foot-11 players can complement one another.
NEWS
November 29, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has removed a senior judge who once presided over many of the state's biggest grand jury investigations, accusing him of judicial misconduct and abandoning his sense of objectivity during a feud with Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. In a letter, the high court told Barry F. Feudale it was "deeply concerned" about his judgment and behavior, citing in part emails he sent to Inquirer reporters after Kane had successfully bid to have him ousted as the supervising grand jury judge in Harrisburg.
NEWS
November 22, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The recalcitrant City of Margate continued its efforts Friday to bollix the state's plans to move ahead with Gov. Christie's touted coastal dune system. Outside counsel for the Department of Environmental Protection asked Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez to approve eminent domain seizure of 87 city-owned lots needed for the project. But outside counsel for Margate argued that the city was at least entitled to an evidentiary hearing on whether the state is abusing its power by building the dunes against Margate's wishes.
NEWS
November 21, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers opposed to the NFL's plan to compensate thousands of former players for the long-term health effects of repeated concussions urged a federal appeals court in Philadelphia on Thursday to overturn the potential $1 billion deal. Representing about 90 players who have called the settlement unfair, the lawyers argued that it includes an arbitrary cutoff date that would deny relief to those diagnosed in the future with one of football's signature diseases. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.)
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