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May 18, 2011
Judge of Superior Court (10-year term) Vote for one. Democratic David N. Wecht. . . Unopposed Republican (95% of voting districts) Vic Stabile. . . 348,890 Paula A. Patrick. . . 184,507 Judge of Commonwealth Court (10-year term) Vote for one. Democratic (95% of voting districts) Kathryn Boockvar. . . 292,414 Barbara Behrend Ernsberger. . . 294,517 Republican (95% of voting districts)
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
To the French, this was a sight unlike any on the European continent. A sea of pristine and perfectly manicured grass tennis courts at the esteemed Philadelphia Cricket Club. For many of these French players, this was their first time on grass. "This is something special," said Emanuelle Ducrot, 37. "You need to adjust your feet every time. Because you expect something and it's completely different. " Ten of the best French tennis players - many in their 50s, 60s, and even 70s - faced their American counterparts this weekend in a competition of International Tennis Clubs, which were founded in the 1920s and intended to promote friendship among nations through tennis.
NEWS
April 16, 1992 | By Edward Engel, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's spring, and that means that budding Michael Jordans and Larry Birds in Woodlynne can practice their hooks, dribbles and slams at one of the borough's two basketball courts on Fourth Street. It's spring, and that means that toughs - most of them from outside Woodlynne - can practice their beer-guzzling, swearing and loitering at one of the borough's two basketball courts on Fourth Street. Those were the equations in years past, but borough officials and residents are now looking for a way to control who can use the courts, for what, and when.
NEWS
April 8, 2009 | By Jan Hefler INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Local officials in New Jersey should regionalize their municipal court systems not just to save money, but also to eliminate any pressure on judges to levy fines to raise revenues, according to an influential former prosecutor. James J. Gerrow Jr., who co-chairs the state Bar Association's Judicial Administration Committee, recently made that recommendation to a state commission that is studying ways to get the state's 566 municipalities to share services or merge. The commission was appointed last year by Gov. Corzine, who has touted shared services as a way to cut costs and taxes during the recession.
NEWS
July 23, 1987 | By David M. Giles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Players hoping to use the Jenkintown High School basketball courts are going to have to start playing by the borough's rules. The school board and Borough Council have devised a plan to solve the problem of overcrowding at the high school basketball courts - the hiring of a monitor to police the courts, making sure that Jenkintown residents are getting their fair share of playing time. The board also agreed to limit the number of nonresidents allowed on the courts. In the last two months, many residents have complained to police and school and borough officials that nonresidents were monopolizing the courts, cutting into residents' playing time.
NEWS
January 31, 1986 | By KATHY SHEEHAN, Daily News Staff Writer (Staff writers Juan Gonzalez, Howard Schneider, Gloria Campisi and Gary Thompson contributed to this report.)
Union workers at the Bellevue Stratford got moral support from a sympathetic City Council yesterday in their fight to keep the landmark hotel open. But the final determination on whether the Bellevue remains open past the scheduled closing on Sunday was expected to come from the courts today. Local 274 of the Hotel & Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union has petitioned both federal and Common Pleas courts for injunctions that would force the hotel to keep operating.
NEWS
July 25, 1994 | ANGUS R. LOVE
I have been reading your editorials and columns for years and have a great deal of respect for your views and those of your Unfortunately, I must object to Zack Stalberg's Editor's Note regarding Judge Norma Shapiro and the prison- cap issue. You offer a simplistic and incorrect view of our criminal justice system and seek to demonize a hard-working, well-intentioned federal judge. I agree there are major problems with criminal justice in Philadelphia. I am also outraged at the anecdotal information you present as evidence of Shapiro's failings.
NEWS
April 29, 2002
WHO IS Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson kidding? Does she think anyone cares about "parameters of the rules of professional conduct and the code of civility"? We all know most lawyers don't care. What I and columnist Michael Smerconish and most normal citizens in Philadelphia care about is whether or not we have idiots serving on our benches. Thanks to Michael, we know we have at least one. Lisa Rau should let this thug and felon live in her house. Tom Schmidt, Philadelphia The father of Shannon Schieber has intimated that his daughter would still be alive if the police had broken down her door after they were called to her apartment by the call reporting a "woman screaming.
BUSINESS
June 5, 1987 | By ROBIN PALLEY, Daily News Staff Writer
The past and present owners of Philadelphia's John Wanamaker department- store chain are trading lawsuits, showing that when it comes to the final selling price, the two can't meet under the Eagle. In fact, they're $57 million apart. Woodward & Lothrop, a department-store company based in Washington, D.C., bought Wanamaker's in December for $183 million, with the final selling price was to be adjusted according to the company's book value as of the closing date, Dec. 31. In April, according to documents filed in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, Woodward & Lothrop received a report from its accountant, Touche Ross & Co., on Wanamaker's book value, saying that Carter Hawley Hale, Wanamaker's former owner, had overstated the book value by $57.1 million.
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August 22, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New Jersey woman charged with neglect after she left her toddler sleeping in a car during a 10-minute shopping trip should be given a hearing to determine whether she belongs on a registry of neglectful and abusive parents, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The unanimous decision by the seven-member court does not dispute that the mother should have exercised better judgment when leaving her child, but the high court overturned an appellate court decision that denied the mother's request for a hearing.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
For weeks, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah has blasted the federal case against him, calling the charges unfounded and prosecutors' conduct unlawful. As he made his first court appearance Tuesday on racketeering conspiracy charges, the 11-term Democrat hit those points again and again, lest anyone remain uncertain where he stands. "I'd like to say that I'm not guilty," Fattah told U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Rice within moments of the judge's taking the bench. Rice, who had barely begun the hearing, responded: "We haven't gotten there yet. I have to follow the rules.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has said her legal problems stem from an attempt by enemies to block her from exposing their exchange of pornographic emails on state computers. But newly unsealed documents show that Kane was told nearly nine months ago by the state's highest court that she was not restricted from publicly releasing information about the messages. On Tuesday, the state Supreme Court unsealed two orders, both from last December, in which the justices ruled that Kane was not barred from "appropriate" disclosure of the pornographic images.
NEWS
August 19, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
One in an occasional series. At age 17, Monyatta Dunson was just a kid who made a bad decision. She also was an adult who committed an adult crime. That was the determination of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court - and an example of the mind-bending logic that can ensue when the muddle that is adolescence intersects with Pennsylvania's criminal-justice system. So, one day in June, Dunson was brought from the juvenile facility where she was placed, after pleading guilty to simple assault, to Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center to be sentenced as an adult on related charges.
NEWS
August 16, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, charged in a 29-count racketeering conspiracy indictment, will make his first appearance in federal court next week along with three others charged in his case, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday. The hearing - scheduled for Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy R. Rice - will come nearly three weeks after prosecutors first accused the 11-term Democratic congressman of using federal grant money and charitable donations he controlled to pay off debts and line the pockets of his family and inner circle.
NEWS
August 16, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - Even as the FBI reviews the private email server Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, the Democratic presidential candidate on Friday characterized GOP congressional inquiries into the matter as "the same old partisan games we've seen so many times before. " "I've just provided my server to the Justice Department," Clinton told a crowd of 2,100 Democrats here during an annual fund-raiser known as "Wing Ding. " But, she said defiantly, "I won't get down in the mud with" Republicans or "play politics with national security," referring to GOP investigations into the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE SUPREME COURT of Pennsylvania will hear an appeal from the school district and the School Reform Commission related to the cancellation of the teachers' contract, according to an order issued by the court earlier this week. The judges will address the issue of whether certain sections of state law "authorized the School Reform Commission and the School District of Philadelphia to cancel their collective bargaining agreement with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and impose new economic terms," according to the order.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's highest court will decide whether the Philadelphia School Reform Commission can cancel its teachers' contract. Had the Supreme Court declined to take the case, the SRC's move in October 2014 to cancel its contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) would have been voided. The Supreme Court, however, through an order issued Monday, essentially gave the district another shot at achieving by fiat what it has been unable to get at the bargaining table. In January, Commonwealth Court sided with the union, putting aside the SRC's unilateral cancellation of the contract and changes it had imposed on the members' health-care plan.
NEWS
August 13, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Joseph White had been arrested for having Xanax without a prescription, but since being sentenced to treatment, his drug tests have been clean. "How do you like the program?" Judge Alex Calabrese asked White, who was at the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn last week for a status hearing. "You've been in treatment before?" White, 48, told him he hadn't. Calabrese scanned the man's record, shook his head, then looked up. Forty prior arrests. "No one has ever said to you, you could do a drug program?"
NEWS
August 13, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Three former Pennsylvania State University administrators, accused of ignoring or covering up Jerry Sandusky's sexual attacks, renewed their bid Tuesday to have the criminal case against them dismissed or at least set back significantly. At a hearing in Superior Court, lawyers for former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier and two others urged the three-judge panel to toss the charges or overrule a lower-court decision that for more than two years has snarled the case: whether the university's former top lawyer can become the star witness against its longtime president and his codefendants.
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