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March 17, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey held firm to his stand Wednesday that the next president should fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, even as President Obama pushed a nominee to the fore. With the court's "balance at stake, and with the presidential election fewer than eight months away, it is wise to give the American people a more direct voice," the Pennsylvania Republican said shortly after Obama nominated Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, Craig R. McCoy, and Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITERS
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin has resigned his seat on the state's highest court, months after being charged with judicial ethics lapses for his involvement in a pornographic email scandal. He is the second top jurist to step down amid revelations that prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officials for years exchanged pornographic and otherwise offensive emails, often using state computers. "We have lost one of the finest jurists on the court," Eakin's lawyer, William Costopoulos, said at a news conference Tuesday.
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
The New Jersey Supreme Court has reprimanded Thomas J. Scattergood, a former municipal judge who served in various Burlington County towns, for downgrading traffic tickets for acquaintances instead of recusing himself, and for making sexist and undignified remarks at several court hearings. The court also barred Scattergood from holding future judicial office, saying in a 30-page presentment last week that his conduct had "undermined the public's confidence . . . in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.
NEWS
March 15, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Saying it has been unable to reach a cost-sharing agreement to repair a pipeline that has spewed millions of gallons of raw sewage into a creek running through Valley Forge National Historical Park, Tredyffrin Township is taking neighboring towns to court. Tredyffrin filed a complaint against Easttown, East Whiteland, and Willistown Townships and Malvern Borough and the Valley Forge Sewer Authority, which all use the sewer pipe, officials announced March 4. Tredyffrin officials are asking the court to allow them to sell the Valley Creek Trunk Sewer system, which includes the pipe that needs to be repaired, to a third party.
NEWS
March 11, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday did not agree with the convicted leader of a Camden drug organization, who challenged evidence obtained from a "roving wiretap" used to keep tabs on suspects using "burner" throw-away phones. In a unanimous decision, the court upheld an Appellate Division decision and rulings by a Superior Court judge that allowed authorities in the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, along with a joint Camden-Philadelphia drug task force, to use the same warrant to target multiple phone numbers when suspects deliberately changed phones to conceal drug activity.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
In the latest legal battle over Pennsylvania's oil and gas law, lawyers representing local townships and the state squared off Wednesday before the state Supreme Court to mop up unfinished business left after the court's landmark 2013 decision striking down statewide zoning for oil and gas activity. Meeting in Philadelphia, the justices heard a plea to overturn a lower-court ruling that allowed some limits on what doctors can disclose about proprietary chemicals used in gas drilling, a ruling opponents call the "physician gag order.
NEWS
March 11, 2016 | By Wendy Ruderman, Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court meted out a harsh public rebuke Wednesday of a newly elected Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge, citing "serial misconduct" in his previous work as criminal defense lawyer. Scott DiClaudio, who was sworn in as a judge in January, stood silently before the six justices while he endured a scolding that lasted fewer than five minutes but was searing nonetheless. "This court will not tolerate serial misconduct," Justice Debra McCloskey Todd said during a morning court session in City Hall.
SPORTS
March 8, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Mary Greenberg's hands were placed firmly on her cheeks, her eyes wide with anticipation. Sitting about five rows up in Section 104 at the Palestra for the Catholic League girls' basketball championship, Greenberg's rapt attention was on the game. With time winding down in the contest, the team she was rooting for - Archbishop Wood - held a slight lead, and Greenberg could barely contain herself. And so both hands were planted on her face. That is, until the final buzzer. After it sounded, a beaming Greenberg quickly appeared on the court celebrating the win with the Vikings - even getting in a few post-celebration pictures.
NEWS
March 7, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
Not even Vice President Biden, a 36-year Senate veteran and former chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, would be afforded the courtesy of a Senate interview, much less a Judiciary Committee hearing, should President Obama nominate him to fill the seat left vacant by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Or so I was recently told by Utah's Sen. Orrin Hatch, one of the 11 Republicans on the committee who signed a letter saying they will "withhold consent on any nominee to the Supreme Court submitted by this president to fill Justice Scalia's vacancy.
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