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March 29, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 18, 2001 | By Acel Moore
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.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2011 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
August 18, 1996 | By Michael Katz, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 4, 2001 | By MARK ALAN HUGHES
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.
NEWS
July 7, 1987 | By ANN GERHART, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 19, 1990 | By John Corcoran, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
January 27, 1999 | By Harris Sokoloff
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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April 7, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
With another judicial election looming for the Philadelphia courts, voters will have to decide how to choose from among the bewildering ranks of little-known contenders - other than tossing darts at the ballot. There are the recommendations of a 30-member judicial ratings panel of lawyers and other experts assembled each year by the Philadelphia Bar Association. And then there's Google: Why not just do a simple Web search of the candidates and leave it at that? At least one judicial candidate - and, by inference, the city's Democratic power brokers - don't think voters need a legal opinion to know which way the political winds blow.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 29, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 25, 2012
"With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations of immigrants brought here illegally as children through executive order, that's just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed. " — President Obama, March 28, 2011       Those laws remain on the books. They have not changed. Yet Obama has suspended these very deportations — granting infinitely renewable "deferred action," with attendant work permits — thereby unilaterally rewriting the law. And doing precisely what he himself admits he is barred from doing.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2011 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 14, 2010
New Jersey lawmakers finally realized that the strict drug laws adopted in the '80s have been largely ineffective. The long sentences have resulted in prisons stuffed with nonviolent offenders who cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars a year to house. Often without proper drug treatment, they exit prison more hardened than when they entered. Once released, many go on to commit more violent crimes. The mandatory sentences were meant to crack down on the rise in drug crimes, but the one-size- fits-all approach doesn't work for individual cases with differing circumstances.
SPORTS
April 25, 2009 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Generally, teammates love a quarterback who will run over a defender rather than step out of bounds or slide to safety. But if the quarterback is far and away the best option under center, imitating Walter Payton isn't necessarily a worthy attribute. Daryll Clark has been learning that lesson the hard way. The Penn State quarterback is still studying for the test. If he doesn't ace it this fall, the Nittany Lions could be forced to repeat the class. As Penn State gears up for today's Blue-White game, which concludes spring practice, the most pressing concern is not inexperience at wide receiver, the defensive secondary, or the offensive line.
SPORTS
April 2, 2009 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Tri-County Royal Division baseball race was the tightest around last year and is expected to follow form this season. That is why an anticipated opening game between two serious contenders gave way to precipitation. Both defending champion Williamstown and visiting Clearview began to warm up for yesterday's opener for both teams. And shortly before the teams were supposed to take the field, both coaches decided that the conditions weren't ideal and that waiting another 24 hours was the best option.
NEWS
September 28, 2008 | By Melissa Dribben INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They have changed the sheets for world leaders. Popped champagne corks for mobsters. Lugged the suitcases of royalty. And delivered room service to Hollywood megastars registered under aliases. Oh, the stories the employees of the Philadelphia Four Seasons could tell. But won't. Of the several hundred loyal souls on staff, 31 have been working there since it opened 25 years ago. They are sworn to secrecy about the guests they serve. So they'll never reveal what happened in the summer of 1989 when the Rolling Stones blew through Philadelphia for the launch of their comeback Steel Wheels tour.
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