February 15, 2012 |
The Obama administration is requiring health insurers to cover contraception, even for employees of Catholic institutions that are opposed to the practice. Most of the Republican presidential candidates have characterized that as an assault on the cherished American doctrine of religious liberty. Rick Santorum recently accused the president and others of trying to "marginalize faith," going so far as to suggest that American Christians are on their way to the guillotine. Such talk amounts to rank hypocrisy.
February 8, 2012 |
A defamation lawsuit filed by a tenured professor against the dean of the Widener University School of Law has been settled, according to an statement released by the professor's attorney. "All claims amongst all parties have been resolved amicably and Professor Connell's employment with the University and Law School has been concluded," attorney Thomas S. Neuberger stated in an email. Lawrence Connell had sued the dean, Linda L. Ammons, accusing her of intentionally making false statements in proceedings to oust him from his post at the university.
November 22, 2011 |
WHEN controversial radio host Tarsha "Jonesy" Jones "likes" a business that advertises with Power 99, her listeners trust her "because Miss Jones doesn't hold her tongue," the station says. There's a flip-side to that, one local businesswoman found, and she says that it resulted in her getting death threats, broken windows and a tarnished reputation. In a defamation suit filed in Common Pleas Court yesterday, Tracey Parson said that families pulled their children out of the four Kiddie Kare day-care centers she owns in the city, almost immediately after callers to the "Jonesy in the Morning" show misidentifed her as a mother who had beaten up teenage girls.
August 2, 2011
WE PART ways with columnist Stu Bykofsky on Secure Communities, the program that requires local law enforcement to share with Immigration fingerprints of individuals following arrest ( July 14, "Council's ICE Resolution Makes My Head Spin. " ) The program carries the risk of undermining the work of local law enforcement with immigrant communities and their ability to fight crime, including hate crime. Relationships between well-meaning people and law enforcement are the building blocks for communities based on safety and respect.
July 23, 2011 |
More than a year after calling celebrity fight promoter Damon Feldman a "sleaze" during an interview with Fox 29, local Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby is being sued for defamation. It all started with a celebrity boxing match Feldman was promoting in April 2010. Feldman said the match was to honor Officer John Pawlowski, who was killed in the line of duty in February 2009. But Pawlowski's family wasn't notified and they didn't want his name associated with the event.
June 2, 2011 |
A Lower Merion High School graduate whose former science teacher was fired after she told administrators that they had an affair while she was a student has asked a judge to throw out the teacher's defamation lawsuit against her. Jenna Addis, 26, contends that the Lower Merion School District is a "quasi-judicial entity" under state law and that her allegations against Robert Schanne, 46, should be exempt from libel and slander claims, as civil...
April 8, 2011 |
S WILMINGTON - A tenured professor fighting to keep his job at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington has sued the dean for allegedly making defamatory statements in an effort to fire the instructor. Lawrence J. Connell, an associate professor at the school, has accused dean Linda L. Ammons of intentionally making false statements that characterize Connell as a racist and sexist in administrative proceedings to oust the professor. Attorneys for Connell said the suit was filed Friday in Delaware Superior Court.
January 28, 2011 |
A federal judge in Philadelphia has dismissed a claim by Carl R. Greene, the ousted executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, that he had been defamed by the PHA chairman, former Mayor John F. Street. Street had described Greene to the press and PHA board as a "serial sexual harasser. " But in a decision issued Jan. 20, U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter said Street, as PHA's chairman, was a "high public official" who had immunity. The judge also dismissed Greene's assertion that his employment contract amounted to a property interest, and that he had been denied his due process to defend it. But Buckwalter signaled that Greene might have a claim regarding his due process to protect his reputation.
March 24, 2010 |
Avoiding a potentially ugly spectacle, Oprah Winfrey yesterday settled a defamation suit filed against her that was scheduled for trial in Philadelphia next week. The billionaire talk-show mogul was sued by Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane, who was the headmistress of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa until allegations in October 2007 that a dormitory matron sexually assaulted six girls. Winfrey and Mzamane met privately in Chicago yesterday and agreed to settle the case, according to two people with knowledge of the meeting.