December 11, 2013 |
HARRISBURG The typical victim is female and over 18. A sexually explicit photograph or video of her surfaces on the Internet without her consent - and can get picked up by websites that actively solicit such images. It's been dubbed "revenge porn," because oftentimes it is a former partner or spouse who posts the image out of spite or anger over a breakup. A growing number of states, including Pennsylvania, are crafting legislation to make it a crime to do so. "It was surprising to me how much this goes on and how little many of us hear about it," said Sen. Judy Schwank (D., Berks)
November 7, 2013 |
Herbert R. Weiman Sr., 88, of Wynnewood, an attorney in Philadelphia for 50 years, died Monday, Nov. 4, of cancer at Bryn Mawr Hospital. After training at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Weiman maintained a law practice on Allegheny Avenue in Port Richmond and also on John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Center City. His specialty was family law. He chaired the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and in 1980, was instrumental in enacting a new divorce code for Pennsylvania.
October 24, 2013 |
Did you hear the one about the man who burned his wife's wedding dress in a backyard bonfire the night she left him? How about the couple, divorcing after 40 years of marriage, who amicably divided their retirement accounts but couldn't agree on who would keep the painting of the little girl on a swing? Or the lesbian couple who sought legal review of their contract with a sperm donor - who happened to be the brother of one of the women? These are not setups to jokes swapped at the bar association cocktail party.
October 3, 2013 |
The Christie administration asked a Superior Court Judge Tuesday to stay her ruling that same-sex couples must be allowed to wed starting Oct. 21 and let the matter be decided by a higher court. In its motion, the state argued that it would suffer irreparable harm if Judge Mary C. Jacobson "single-handedly, without guiding precedent and without input from the Supreme Court," overturned the civil union law passed by the Legislature. The state also said that retaining the "millennia-old definition of marriage is of such social import" that Jacobson should let same-sex marriage be considered by a higher court.
June 28, 2013 |
James McKenzie Coate Sr., 87, a lawyer and active amateur musician, died Saturday at the Hickman, a West Chester retirement community. Mr. Coate's practice focused on estate and family law, and he also worked for the Legal Aid Society, the predecessor of Community Legal Services. When he retired in the early 1990s, he devoted himself full time to music. "He studied clarinet and saxophone with his cousin Jan Williams, who had played in the John Philip Sousa Band and under Arturo Toscanini in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York Philharmonic," said his daughter, Cathryn Coate Capanna.
June 4, 2013
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel L.L.P. partner Michael E. Bertin was appointed cochair of the legislative committee of the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association . Bertin is chair of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. WSFS Financial Corp., Wilmington, parent company of WSFS Bank, elected Eleuthère I. du Pont and David G. Turner to its board. Du Pont is president of the Longwood Foundation, which supports charitable organizations; he had been senior vice president for operations and chief financial officer of Drugstore.com.
April 27, 2013 |
Their paths don't cross professionally. He's in the kitchen, she's in a courtroom. But on Thursday, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and her brother, the acclaimed chef Marc Vetri, shared a stage for the first time. Their topic was neither cuisine nor crime, or sibling rivalry - but charity. Vetri, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind Vetri, Osteria, Amis, and Alla Spina, cofounded the Vetri Foundation in 2008 to promote healthy foods and active lifestyles.
May 19, 2012
Q. We are an unmarried couple who are in the process of buying our first home. My credit is not so hot, so my friend will be assuming the mortgage while I put up the 20 percent down payment and half of the closing costs. We intend to share equally all mortgage, taxes, insurance, repairs, etc. What is the best way for us to take title to the house? What will happen if we marry at some future time? A. You missed what is perhaps the most important question of all: What happens if you choose to break up?
April 10, 2012 |
Matt Rooney's goal is nothing if not grand. Consider the website he founded as a Rutgers-Camden law student in 2008. He named it "Save Jersey. " "I love my state, and I was disgusted by what I saw the party bosses doing to it," Rooney, 28, explains. Whether New Jersey requires salvation due to the depredations of Democratic "party bosses" is debatable. What's undeniable is that Save Jersey.com has become a must-read among Republicans, Trenton-watchers, and even Democrats.
March 7, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai endorsed a "code of conduct" Tuesday issued by an influential council of clerics that activists say marks a giant step backward for women's rights in the country. Karzai's remarks backing the Ulema Council's document, which allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes, is seen as part of his outreach to insurgents like the Taliban. Both the United States and Karzai hope the Taliban can be brought into negotiations to end Afghanistan's decade-long war. But activists express worry that gains made by women since 2001 may be lost in the process.