July 10, 2014 |
Real convict of Atlanta It'll be some time before we'll see The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks on her husband's arm. Apollo Nida , 35, was sentenced Tuesday to 96 months (eight years) in federal prison after pleading guilty to bank fraud and ID theft, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Nida ripped off more than 50 people to the tune of $2 mil. Nida could have been given anywhere from 92 to 115 months. U.S. District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell said he handed down a fairly stiff sentence because white-collar crimes of this type see a high rate of recidivism.
June 23, 2014 |
A worker killed Friday in the collapse of a building being demolished in Cherry Hill was identified Saturday as a 38-year-old Camden man. Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk said the victim, Jose Ortega, was killed instantly in the collapse of the building on Route 38 about 12:30 p.m. Officials said Ortega evidently was inside the structure, a former Blockbuster video store at the edge of the Walmart Plaza at Cuthbert Boulevard that was...
June 4, 2014 |
The New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed lawsuits Monday against seven school districts, including three in Camden County, alleging that they have illegally required government-issued photo identifications when registering children for school. The lawsuits contend that the districts' policies discriminate against immigrant families and violate state and federal requirements. The Camden County districts are Audubon, Gloucester Township, and Somerdale Park.
May 14, 2014
After two years and $7 million in wasted taxpayer-funded advertising costs and legal fees, Pennsylvania's embarrassing and discriminatory voter-ID law has finally been buried by a wise court ruling. But like a gambler caught up in a losing streak, Gov. Corbett can't bring himself to just walk away. Instead, he sends mixed signals. He said Thursday that he won't appeal the Commonwealth Court ruling in January, which is good. But, apparently to appease his radical-right buddies, he also said he wants to retool the law. Fortunately, Harrisburg Republicans have an election to worry about and are in no mood to revive this modern cousin of the poll taxes once used to discourage certain people from voting.
May 10, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett dropped his battle Thursday to keep intact the two-year-old law requiring Pennsylvanians to show a state-approved photo ID before voting. In a statement, Corbett said he would not ask the state Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that declared the law unconstitutional. But the governor defended its intent and said his administration would work with the legislature to make the necessary changes for the law to pass judicial muster. "A photo identification requirement is a sensible and reasonable measure for the commonwealth to reassure the public that everyone who votes is registered and eligible to cast a ballot," he said.
May 6, 2014
THE WORDING was polite but the message was clear. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey wrote Gov. Corbett last week urging him to give up trying to implement the state's Voter ID Law. This dog of a law, first passed in 2012, has never fully taken effect, mostly due to court challenges to its strict requirements that voters show a photo ID before being allowed to vote. In January, Commonwealth Judge Bernard McGinley ruled the law unconstitutional, saying that it could deny the right to vote to several hundred thousand Pennsylvania who did not have access to the approved IDs. The state asked McGinley to reconsider his decision.
April 30, 2014 |
A Commonwealth Court judge on Monday denied the Corbett administration's request to reconsider his ruling overturning the state's two-year-old voter identification law. In a 29-page decision, Judge Bernard L. McGinley said the law requiring Pennsylvania voters to produce photo ID at the polls failed "to provide liberal access to compliant photo ID" and, as a result, disenfranchised voters. "The evidence showed the voter ID provisions at issue deprive numerous electors of their fundamental right to vote, so vital to our democracy," wrote McGinley, who struck down the law in January.
April 22, 2014 |
POLICE IN Collingdale, Delaware County have identified a person of interest in what they believe was an intentional hit-and-run that left a borough man seriously injured. Investigators want to talk to Conroy Williams, the owner of a black Range Rover that allegedly mowed down Joel Witherspoon, 36, early Saturday morning outside his home on Bedford Avenue. "It would behoove him to come and talk to us," Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said of Williams, of Philadelphia. Adams said a detective interviewed Witherspoon yesterday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Witherspoon provided Williams' name.
April 7, 2014 |
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey has sent letters to 136 school districts telling them to stop requiring photo identification from adults registering children for school or risk a possible lawsuit. "This requirement violates constitutional law, state law, and state regulations," wrote Alexander Shalom, ACLU senior staff attorney, in the April 1 letter. "The requirement discriminates against immigrant parents, preventing or discouraging them from registering their children to attend public school.
March 22, 2014 |
We're harping on identity theft because it's tax season and the Internal Revenue Service has identified this crime as its top scam for 2014. The IRS is so worried about ID theft that it has issued special instructions on how to prevent your identity - and your tax refund - from being stolen. Targets are often elderly, infirm, poor, or immigrants, but anyone with a valid Social Security number and birth date could be, too. What can you do to stop it? Ed Jenkins, a tax director with CBIZ MHM's offices in Plymouth Meeting, says: "First off, the IRS will never e-mail you or call you. They generally only contact taxpayers by mail.