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.)
September 28, 2013 |
TRENTON - In a narrow ruling, the New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the state to rewrite its rules on how many homes municipalities must provide for lower-income residents, striking down provisions that opponents said allowed wealthy towns to avoid building affordable housing. The long-awaited decision is the latest in a string of rulings in the landmark Mount Laurel case, which dates to the 1970s. The case is considered one of the most important civil rights decisions of modern times.
September 27, 2013 |
With only a few months left in his term, Willingboro's deputy mayor has been ousted for missing three consecutive council meetings while away on business this summer in the Midwest and West. Kenneth J. Gordon Jr., a national accounts director for a health-care company, said that when he attempted to explain his absences and provide travel receipts, the town's longtime solicitor, Michael A. Armstrong, told him it would be "pointless and would not help. " Gordon said the decision to remove him from office was retaliatory because he had questioned why Armstrong, an outside contractor, was receiving health benefits, contrary to state law. The dispute over Gordon's seat ended up in court this month, becoming an exhibit on the bitter power struggles and tactics that drive small-town politics and lead to costly legal battles.
September 26, 2013 |
Hours after city officials announced on Tuesday an appellate court victory in a fight with the firefighters' union, the union filed a new lawsuit in an attempt to keep 14 recently promoted firefighters at their new ranks. Last week, the city won a Commonwealth Court ruling allowing fire officials to return five captains to the rank of lieutenant and nine lieutenants to the rank of firefighter. But Common Pleas Court Judge Ellen Ceisler issued an emergency motion Tuesday afternoon preventing the Fire Department from moving forward with 14 demotions until a hearing is held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in front of Common Pleas Judge Court Leo Tucker.
September 22, 2013 |
A Lancaster County furniture company could get the chance to tell the U.S. Supreme Court why - on religious grounds - it shouldn't have to pay for its employees' birth-control costs. Attorneys for the Mennonite-owned Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. filed a petition this week to argue before the nation's highest court after losing in federal court in Philadelphia. Even if the Supreme Court doesn't pick up Conestoga's case, it still is likely to weigh in on the federal government's contraception mandate, legal experts say. That's because the Obama administration also wants the Supreme Court to settle the matter.