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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
April 23, 2012 | By Dennis Bartlett
The Philadelphia courts issued an order this month noting that more than 30 percent of the city's criminal defendants fail to appear in court. Furthermore, it noted that with 61,000 outstanding bench warrants, authorities can't even serve all the fugitives, let alone apprehend them. Hence the courts have decided to explore new approaches, mainly by opening the door wider to commercial bail, which has been largely banned from the city. In a sense, the long debate over whether bail agents should return to Philadelphia has been settled in the affirmative by this order.
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.
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BUSINESS
July 16, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Mayor Kenney wants Washington to take another look at renovation plans for the old Family Court building after they were rejected by federal officials. Kenney has written to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, asking to meet with her after a subsidiary agency's decision not to qualify the project for tax breaks under a historic preservation program. The request comes as the developer Peebles Corp. approaches its deadline to have permits and funding in place to convert the city-owned building at 1801 Vine St. into a hotel about two years after it was awarded the job. "The mayor has reached out to the Secretary of the Interior," Kenney spokeswoman Ajeenah Amir said in an email Wednesday.
NEWS
July 16, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 16, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Commonwealth Court on Thursday upheld Sunoco Logistics Partners' power to take private property for its Mariner East Pipeline, adding momentum to Sunoco's plan to deliver more energy from the Marcellus Shale region to Marcus Hook. The court, in a 5-2 ruling, affirmed a Cumberland County judge's decision last year that Sunoco's pipeline subsidiary is a public utility as determined by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which Sunoco says gives it the authority to take rights of way from property owners who decline to negotiate agreements along the pipeline's 351-mile route.
NEWS
July 15, 2016
LOS ANGELES - The mills of justice grind slowly, but life plunges on, leaving lives blighted when justice, by being delayed, is irremediably denied. Fortunately, California's Supreme Court might soon decide to hear - four years after litigation began - the 21st century's most portentous civil rights case, which concerns an ongoing denial of equal protection of the law. Every year, measurable injuries are inflicted on tens of thousands of already at-risk children by this state's teacher tenure system, which is so politically entrenched that only the courts can protect the discrete and insular minority it victimizes.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Two residents of the South Philadelphia neighborhood where developer Bart Blatstein plans an apartment tower, shopping complex, and parking garage are challenging the city zoning board's approval of the project. Louise Hanible and Gwendolyn Toler have filed notices of appeal with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas opposing the plan for the northeast corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue, according to documents reviewed this week. The residents' challenge is the latest obstacle for Blatstein's proposal, which has come under withering criticism from neighbors.
NEWS
July 13, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
In a ruling hailed by municipalities and denounced as a victory for "wealthy towns," New Jersey's Appellate Division ruled Monday that cities and townships are not required to zone for affordable housing needs that went unmet between 1999 and 2015. "We hold that the Fair Housing Act does not require a municipality to retroactively calculate a new 'separate and discrete' affordable housing obligation arising during the 'gap period,' " the three-judge panel wrote. Instead, it said, municipalities should use previously established methods for calculating their present and future affordable housing needs through 2025.
NEWS
July 11, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
As a growing number of police departments nationally install video cameras on dashboards and purchase body cameras, a transparency activist in New Jersey says the footage should be made available to the public. "It's in the best interest of the police and in the best interest of the public," John Paff, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project, said last week. A state appeals panel has agreed with Paff, upholding a lower court that allowed him to see the dashcam video of a Jan. 29, 2014, traffic stop in which a Tuckerton Borough patrol officer allegedly sicced his police dog on an unarmed motorist.
NEWS
July 9, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The GOP-controlled legislature was within its powers when it approved an eleventh-hour delay - and rewording - of a ballot question raising the mandatory retirement age for judges, a Commonwealth Court panel has ruled. A three-judge panel found that the legislature acted properly when it approved the delay just weeks before the April 26 primary, when the question was initially scheduled to appear on the ballot. Legislators sought the delay because they said they believed the wording was obscure and confusing.
NEWS
July 2, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
By any measure, federal authorities said Thursday, she is an extraordinary young woman. A 24-year-old nursing assistant who, from the moment she was violently snatched off a Germantown street two years ago, had the presence of mind to leave behind the trail of clues that eventually would aid in her rescue. One who, even while locked in the trunk of her abductor's car as he drove her across three states, attentively noted the noises his tires made as he switched from paved to unpaved roads - a trick she'd picked up from a movie.
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