March 29, 2015 |
Lawyers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Philadelphia have nearly doubled their use of the sparingly used prosecutorial discretion to close deportation cases this year, a new study shows. The trend, which grants relief from deportation to a larger pool of undocumented immigrants, won praise from some local immigration lawyers, and concern that it could end abruptly if President Obama's executive actions on immigration are nullified in the hotly contested federal court challenge playing out in Texas.
January 18, 2001 |
I believe John Ashcroft, President-elect Bush's nominee to be U.S. attorney general, when he pledged that if confirmed he would enforce the law and would do so to the letter of the law. But that promise is not enough to warrant his confirmation as the chief law enforcement officer of the land. My objections to his troubling nomination are not based solely on his ideology or the fact that he is a conservative Republican. I believe that ordinary presidential cabinet nominees should be given every consideration and respect during the confirmation process.
April 8, 2011 |
Here's a workplace riddle: Who hears everything, yet hears nothing? The staff at Reed Smith, a Center City law firm, know the answer: Carol Lennon, chief receptionist. Her policy of complete discretion coupled with a professional attitude have kept her in her job for 50 years. "You never talk about any client, any attorney, or any staff member to anyone else," said Lennon, who was honored this Wednesday with a champagne party at the office. "Fifty years? That is so unusual these days," said Victoria Green, founder of Green Leadership Consulting L.L.C., a management consulting firm in Center City.
August 18, 1996 |
Tommy Morrison bloodied and knocked out a boxer in 1989 who died of AIDS-related illnesses in 1991. Morrison didn't say a word then, and he didn't say a word in February when he tested positive for the HIV virus. And boxing has kept quiet, too. "What's the point?" Tony Holden, Morrison's friend and former promoter, said from Tulsa, Okla. "Tommy believes in privacy, especially for the family. " Holden said it was "obvious" that Morrison did not contract the disease through contact with Rick Nelson, the Minnesota journeyman who died in 1991.
December 4, 2001 |
LAST WEEK, City Council President Anna Verna introduced the best blight legislation Philadelphia will ever get. If that sounds like guarded praise, you're right. The proposed legislation raises some concerns. When you're trying to get something done, it's always better to have more discretion, more autonomy, more immunity from oversight. That's obviously what the mayor wants. But the new Council bill limits the mayor's discretion and adds a considerable new role for Council oversight in any blight program.
July 7, 1987 |
The state Supreme Court has upheld the right of prosecutors to decide when judges should apply the mandatory minimum jail term of five years for crimes committed with a gun. The ruling, released yesterday, reverses the 5- to 10-year prison sentence a Lackawanna County judge imposed in 1984 on a man who pleaded guilty to robbery with a handgun. The court ruled that the mandatory minimum law did not apply in the case, because the prosecutor had not asked the court to apply it. One of the critics of the controversial 1982 law said yesterday that he hoped the court's interpretation would encourage prosecutors to be more flexible in assessing whether the mandatory penalty fits the particular crime, rather than unilaterally seeking the five-year term.
August 19, 1990 |
Responding to a petition signed by more than 370 residents opposed to a proposed new bar at Lansdowne Avenue and State Road, Upper Darby Township Council voted, 9-0, to ask the State Liquor Control Board to reject a liquor license transfer request for the site. Council members Rudolph D'Alesio and Nancy White were absent. If the permit transfer is approved, it would allow a Brownie's Pub, one of a chain of bars operating throughout Delaware County, to open at the site, which was most recently the Circus Towne Pizza Theater.
January 27, 1999 |
If, as one congressman put it, Congress is doing "the people's work," why is the gap between the people and their elected leaders growing and growing? Perhaps it is not what the Congress is doing, but how it is doing it. The "debates" in the House of Representatives were not really debates. The result was known before the debates even started. And there certainly was no deliberation. What's the difference? The goal of a debate is winning, not understanding. In a debate, each side makes its best arguments for its own position and against the other side.
June 26, 2008
UPPER Darby has suffered another black eye, this time at the prom of Upper Darby High School. I know that a rule is a rule. I also know what it is to be young, and the time that's necessary for a lady to get ready for any date, let alone her promenade. I also know that myriad factors, including finding the ballroom, could be responsible for a couple arriving after the stated time for a function. Given the expense involved in attending a prom, one cannot blame the student's parents from going to her defense.
July 13, 2011
By Stephen J. Marmon On Aug. 4, $90,785,744,400 in U.S. Treasury bills will come due. If the federal debt ceiling hasn't been raised by then, the government will have only $16 billion available to redeem them. That's a full-blown default. President Obama can unilaterally prevent that and the worldwide financial crisis it would cause. And he won't have to claim, as some have, that the debt-ceiling law is unconstitutional. He can use the rarely discussed power of executive discretion.