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October 17, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Now it's up to the state Supreme Court to decide whether New Jersey starts permitting same-sex marriage next week. On Tuesday, the lawyers for the couples and their children who brought the lawsuit Garden State Equality v. Dow filed a brief opposing the state's effort to halt the marriages. The state's highest court had announced Friday that it was taking up the Christie administration's appeal of Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson's landmark Sept. 27 decision, as well as her refusal to issue a stay on her order that same-sex marriages be permitted starting Monday.
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October 13, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey's highest court has agreed to hear the Christie administration's appeal of a Superior Court decision to allow same-sex marriage. In the same notice, dated Friday, the Supreme Court indicated that it also was taking over the state's request for a stay on the lower court's order to permit same-sex marriages to begin Oct. 21. Earlier Friday, the state Attorney General's Office filed a motion with Superior Court's Appellate Division to...
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September 28, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna amd Melanie Burney, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - In a narrow ruling, the New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the state to rewrite its rules on how many homes municipalities must provide for lower-income residents, striking down provisions that opponents said allowed wealthy towns to avoid building affordable housing. The long-awaited decision is the latest in a string of rulings in the landmark Mount Laurel case, which dates to the 1970s. The case is considered one of the most important civil rights decisions of modern times.
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September 22, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lancaster County furniture company could get the chance to tell the U.S. Supreme Court why - on religious grounds - it shouldn't have to pay for its employees' birth-control costs. Attorneys for the Mennonite-owned Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. filed a petition this week to argue before the nation's highest court after losing in federal court in Philadelphia. Even if the Supreme Court doesn't pick up Conestoga's case, it still is likely to weigh in on the federal government's contraception mandate, legal experts say. That's because the Obama administration also wants the Supreme Court to settle the matter.
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September 12, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Right after Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Mark A. Bruno was indicted in a federal ticket-fixing probe, the state Supreme Court landed on him hard, suspending him without pay. But then, another judicial oversight organization weighed in. Not so fast, said the state Court of Judicial Discipline. In May, that panel ruled that the federal case against Bruno was weak and ordered his pay - but not his duties - reinstated until his criminal trial. With those rival rulings as a backdrop, a lawyer for the Judicial Conduct Board, the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the judicial court, stood in court Tuesday to argue that the Supreme Court needed to butt out - that it was the job of the conduct board and its judicial court to suspend judges.
NEWS
August 29, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Susan Dow learned of her lover's affair, she moved out of the Cinnaminson house they had shared, called him nearly 90 times over the next few days, told his new mistress to leave her man alone, and then returned with a gun, authorities said. Dow was convicted of murdering William "Mike" Seidle, 48, a forklift driver she had been with for six months, after a jury found she had shot him in the chest. The British national was sentenced to 30 years in prison. An appeals panel overturned the verdict this month, citing judicial and prosecutorial missteps, and sent the case back to the lower court for a new trial.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
In the midst of a federal investigation, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has taken a welcome but potentially insufficient step to restore confidence in the judiciary by prohibiting appellate judicial aides from moonlighting as lawyers. The new rule should be seen as a resounding rejection of Lise Rapaport's practice of accepting fees for referring clients to law firms while serving as chief aide to her husband, Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery. Some of the eight firms that paid Rapaport have been involved in cases before McCaffery, though there is no evidence that he has ruled on the specific cases for which they paid fees to his wife.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
Gov. Christie's latest Supreme Court nomination makes it clear that his destructive feud with Senate Democrats over the court's composition continues. For the second time, Christie broke with long-standing tradition by refusing to reappoint a sitting justice in good standing. Justice Helen Hoens' service will therefore come to the same undeserved end as that of John E. Wallace Jr. in 2010. Christie last week tapped Camden County Superior Court Judge Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina to take Hoens' place when her term expires in October.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A divorced Burlington County woman has to prove that it is in the best interest of her children before she can legally change their names, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday. In doing so, the high court quoted ancient Roman doctrine saying a name is "one of the most permanent of possessions; it remains when everything else is lost. ... When one dies it is the only part that lives on in the world. " "Without a name a person is nothing," the Supreme Court noted in quoting the maxim.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
It might be the most important legislative contest you have never heard of. State legislative races typically are obscure events tracked mostly by political diehards and insiders - people who make their living off politics or follow elections as a kind of entertainment. Why anyone would, when television has rich offerings like Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad , is an enduring enigma. But that's an issue for another day. There is one race, or group of races, that has the potential to smash this stereotype, and the results could resonate for years.
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