June 26, 1990 |
The state Attorney General's Office has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to assume control of the appeals in the Jay C. Smith murder case in order to expedite the 11-year-old legal proceedings. Deputy Attorney General Robert A. Graci filed a brief with the Supreme Court late Friday afternoon, arguing that only the state's highest court has the ultimate authority to give Smith what he is seeking - the dismissal of all charges against him. Smith, the former principal of Upper Merion High School, was convicted in Dauphin County Court in 1986 for the murder of English teacher Susan Reinert and her two children.
March 22, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court decided Monday not to stop the release of Federal Reserve Board documents identifying financial companies that received Fed loans to survive the 2008-09 financial crisis. The high court, without comment, refused to hear an appeal from an association of bankers trying to keep the information from becoming public. News Corp.'s Fox News Network L.L.C. and Bloomberg L.P. had sued separately for details about loans that commercial banks and Wall Street firms received and the collateral they put up. Other news agencies, including The Associated Press, filed briefs with the appellate court in their support.
June 25, 2013
"PUNTED. " That's the word one commentator used to describe the high court's decision yesterday remanding the hot-potato affirmative-action case back to the lower court. Others called the move "sidestepping," "passing the buck" and "cowardly. " Or, as columnist John Podhoretz helpfully noted on Twitter: "Supreme Court on affirmative action: bock bock bock. " With all due respect to the great Podhoretz, a man with whom I rarely disagree, that's way too simplistic a reading of the court's ruling.
October 6, 1987 |
An 83-year-old Bucks County man will begin serving a lengthy sentence for sexually abusing two children, and an inmate's right to carry rosary beads into a Graterford Prison visiting area will be restudied, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. Richard Wildermuth, a retired florist who was sentenced in Bucks County Court to a mandatory five years in prison for the rape of two girls, lost an appeal before the high court yesterday. The court, citing the lack of a "substantial federal question," let stand a 1985 Pennsylvania appeals court ruling that Wildermuth's sentence was not cruel and unusual punishment barred by the Constitution.
May 4, 1988 |
A divided New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday ordered the state to continue to provide emergency shelter to nearly 800 homeless families for 30 more days while a lower court considers a lawsuit challenging the state's homeless policy. The court ruled 4-3 to grant the extension sought by the state's public advocate after a three-judge panel of the Appellate Division of Superior Court rejected the request last week. The public advocate, Alfred Slocum, sued the Department of Human Services, arguing that the state should be barred from evicting homeless families from temporary shelters as long as the families make a determined search for a home but find that they are too poor to afford one. As part of its ruling, the high court ordered the appellate division to rule within the 30-day extension period.
January 16, 1988 |
Gov. Casey yesterday nominated Juanita Kidd Stout to the state Supreme Court, making his surprise announcement at a luncheon honoring the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If confirmed by the Senate, Stout, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge, would be the first black woman ever to serve on the state's highest court, and only the second woman in its history, according to the governor's office. Stout was seated on the dais when Casey made his announcement while addressing a crowd of 1,500 at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel.
March 23, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it easier to haul businesses into court, ruling in separate cases that investors can sue them for purposefully withholding damaging information about a product and that employees can sue them for retaliation without having to make a written complaint. The court ruled unanimously to let a lawsuit by a group of investors against Matrixx Initiatives Inc., the maker of the now-discontinued Zicam nasal cold remedies, proceed, while ruling in the other case, on a 6-2 vote, to let Kevin Kasten's retaliation lawsuit against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp.
January 18, 2012 |
The U.S. Supreme Court has passed up a pair of cases for the online age - whether schools may censor students who are at home when they create online attacks against school officials and other students. The justices on Tuesday rejected appeals from Pennsylvania and West Virginia involving questions about the limits on criticism from students and where the authority of school officials ends. The high-court decision left standing lower-court rulings that two Pennsylvania students could not be disciplined at school for parodies of their principals that they created on home computers and posted online.
June 13, 1989 |
After 13 years in the federal court system, the discrimination case against USX Corp.'s Fairless Works in Bucks County has been sent back to the federal appeals court by the U.S. Supreme Court for further review. The high court yesterday agreed to consider the steel manufacturer's appeal of an April 1988 ruling by the 3d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the company had discriminated against about 8,000 black job applicants. The circuit court ruling also expanded the $12 million in damages levied against USX, formerly U.S. Steel Corp.
October 3, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday opens one of its most anticipated terms, in which the justices could strike down President Obama's health-care law, empower local police to arrest illegal immigrants, and declare an end to affirmative action in colleges and universities. The cases coming before the court "address some of the central issues facing the country," former Solicitor General Walter Dellinger said. The clashes over health care and immigration, he said, "are not mere lawyers' issues, but fundamental questions about how the country is governed.