November 21, 2015 |
Two former state lawmakers from Philadelphia, forced out of office after a corruption sting investigation, have agreed to pay fines and costs for violating ethics laws, officials said Thursday. Democrats Michelle F. Brownlee and Ronald G. Waters pleaded guilty this year to corruption charges in the sting case that had been dropped by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and resurrected by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. The State Ethics Commission said that it reached a consent agreement with Brownlee and Waters, and that if they complied with the terms, the agency would close their cases.
November 14, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney vowed Thursday to continue the ethical standards that Mayor Nutter brought to city government. Kenney, speaking at the Committee of Seventy's annual luncheon, also said he would keep Amy Kurland as inspector general, a position he has long sought to make permanent. "I want to assure everyone in this room . . . we are not going backward," Kenney said to about 500 people at the Loews Hotel on Market Street. "We are going to go forward and build on the things that the Nutter administration has done - transparency, ethics, and integrity of government.
October 10, 2015 |
Experts on legal ethics condemned Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin on Thursday following disclosures that he had sent or received emails that mocked Muslim children as suicide bombers, called Mexicans "beaners," and joked about domestic-assault victims. "This justice ought to say, 'I'm terribly embarrassed. In retrospect, I deeply regret having done it. And I hope I will be forgiven,' " said Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., a specialist on judicial ethics and emeritus professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
September 25, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The latest review of Penn State's ethics and compliance in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal mostly lauded the university's progress. In fact, its progress in reforming policies so impressed Charles Scheeler, the independent athletics integrity monitor, that he recommended his scrutiny conclude two years early. But a two-paragraph section of the report under the subhead "Football" was less complimentary. "There is evidence of increased tension, and a mutual lack of trust, between the head football coach and University athletics compliance staff," the report reads.
September 22, 2015
P AGE NEAL, 34, of Bella Vista, and Anna Bario, 33, of Brooklyn, N.Y., own Bario Neal, a handcrafted-jewelry line. The jewelry is made at a workshop and store in Bella Vista. Bario Neal uses reclaimed precious metals, ethically sourced stones and environmentally conscious practices to make jewelry. In June, they added Fairmined gold, extracted by certified ethical miners. I spoke with Neal. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: Anna and I were friends at Oberlin College, and after school we each had independent labels.
September 2, 2015 |
When David Oh was scolded for falsely claiming to be a Green Beret during his 2011 Philadelphia City Council campaign, he called it a semantic slipup, saying he violated military "rules and traditions" he was "not aware of. " Nearly four years to the day later, as the councilman runs for reelection, Oh has again pleaded ignorance, this time to the city's campaign finance laws. After the city's ethics board last week rapped Oh for orchestrating an illegal campaign contribution, Oh said he misunderstood the law and thought the move was aboveboard.
September 1, 2015 |
Last week, years after Lumberton's Ethics Board went dormant, the township committee voted to make its demise official. With a unanimous vote, the board was abolished. Lumberton was one of only two municipalities in Burlington County to even have such a board; there are only about 30 across the state. Township Solicitor George Morris had advised the committee to eliminate it "for consistency" reasons, saying the majority of New Jersey's municipalities allow the state Local Finance Board to handle ethics complaints lodged against local officials.
August 31, 2015 |
DEREK GREEN, who in February resigned as an aide to City Councilwoman Marian Tasco to run for Council, is heavily favored to be elected in November. But despite his 11 years of experience in city government, Green, an attorney, managed to violate city ethics laws four times before he resigned and formally became a candidate, according to the Philadelphia Board of Ethics. For the violations, Green agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1,200, according to the settlement agreement he and the board reached last week.
August 26, 2015 |
When a supporter of City Councilman David Oh offered to give beyond what the city's campaign finance laws allowed to his reelection bid, Oh didn't turn the man away. Instead, the city's ethics board said Monday, Oh told him to give to another political committee, which then funneled the money to Oh's coffers. Oh, an at-large Republican councilman seeking reelection, agreed to give the city $4,600 of the excess contribution and pay a $2,000 fine. In an interview, Oh said the mistake was unintentional and that what he did was legal before campaign finance laws changed.