July 30, 2016 |
Fred Neulander, the former senior rabbi at a Cherry Hill synagogue, who was convicted of plotting the 1994 murder of his wife, has lost another legal appeal. A state appeals court Thursday rejected a request to overturn Neulander's murder conviction. He is serving a life sentence. Neulander was found guilty of hiring two hit men to kill his wife, Carol. She was bludgeoned in their Cherry Hill home on Nov. 1, 1994. In a statement, Robert English, a spokesman for Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo, said: "The opinion only reaffirms the jury's sound belief in a guilty verdict in this case.
July 29, 2016
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rightly agreed to hear a challenge to a dubious rewording of a rejected ballot question. The question concerns whether the mandatory retirement age for judges should be raised from 70 to 75, which would extend the tenure of the high court's lone Republican, 69-year-old Thomas Saylor. Voters declined to do so in April. But GOP legislators had the result ruled moot and scheduled a revised question for November. The edited version mentions only the proposed mandatory retirement age, not the existing one. It thereby suggests that voters are being asked to limit rather than extend judges' tenures.
July 29, 2016 |
Flashing supporters a broad smile and a peace sign, demonstrator Anna Marie Stenberg was released Wednesday after nearly 20 hours in federal custody for scaling the 8-foot security fence outside the Democratic National Convention . The 69-year-old activist, no stranger to protest arrests, was one of four Bernie Sanders supporters charged Tuesday with a federal crime for entering the restricted zone surrounding the Wells Fargo Center. But lawyers for Stenberg and the others called their arrests arbitrary and questioned Wednesday why they face possible criminal records while other demonstrators walked away with only $50 civil citations.
July 29, 2016 |
In a highly unusual move Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to hear on an emergency basis a lawsuit filed last week by two retired Supreme Court justices and a prominent Philadelphia lawyer challenging the wording of the ballot question on the state's judicial retirement age. The three-paragraph order gave Pedro Cortes, Pennsylvania's top election official, until next Wednesday to respond, and it promised to hear expedited arguments....
July 28, 2016 |
We are learning about Ben Simmons in increments and loving what we are learning. Out in Utah and Las Vegas earlier this month, we got an initial look at the first overall pick taken by the 76ers in this year's NBA draft, and it validated the comparisons to Magic Johnson. The 6-foot-10 Australian handles the basketball with a dexterity that is uncanny for a man of his size, and he loves giving it to others. This week, thanks to videos on YouTube and Snapchat that were circulated by an 18-year-old man from Camden, we learned that Simmons' affection for giving extends beyond his teammates on the basketball court.
July 23, 2016 |
Samuel Edward Smith was 16 and wanted a car. On May 8, 1996, he got one by murdering his Coatesville neighbor, a retired teacher and Episcopal minister. Smith confessed to hitting David Kenny, 64, with a wrench more than 20 times, which broke his skull, and also cutting his neck with a butcher knife. After two weeks on life support, Kenny died. To avoid the death penalty, the teenager pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related charges in October 1996. He was sentenced to life in prison.
July 22, 2016 |
It was 3 a.m. on a November Sunday, and the car had just turned left onto Adams Street in Newark, N.J. Al-Sharif Scriven was in the front passenger seat, a .40 caliber handgun under his jacket, with hollow-nose bullets and a large-capacity magazine stowed elsewhere in the car. It was nothing about Scriven or the others in the car, but rather that the car's high beams were on that caught the eye of David Cohen, an Essex County sheriff's officer, who...
July 20, 2016 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by an open-government activist who contends that the public should be allowed to view electronic data and metadata kept by local government agencies. In summer 2013, John Paff requested a log of the emails sent by the Galloway Township police chief and the township clerk during a two-week period in June 2013, and then sued in an Ocean County court when his request was denied. A judge in 2014 ordered that the information be released to Paff, the chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project.
July 16, 2016 |
Joining a chorus of critics, Philadelphia Bar Chancellor Gaetan Alfano said Friday that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg erred when she publicly disparaged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Ginsburg also issued a statement Friday, calling her remarks "ill-advised" and saying that she regretted making them. A growing number of legal experts said it was inappropriate for a sitting Supreme Court justice, or any judge, to weigh in on a political campaign. "Partisan statements can undermine the public's confidence that a judge will decide cases on the merits as opposed to political considerations," Alfano said on behalf of the 12,000-lawyer Philadelphia Bar Association.
July 16, 2016 |
The Democratic National Convention's host committee went to court Thursday to stop the release of any fund-raising records pending the outcome of an appeal the committee filed at the same time. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee is fighting the release of the quarterly fund-raising reports it is required to file with the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID), the public agency that guaranteed it a $15 million line of credit. Last month, the state Office of Open Records ordered those reports released to the public.