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March 14, 2011 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
MAKE UP a name, snap a mug shot in front of a blue towel and send it to China with $200. Abracadabra, you're 21. The China-based website www.idchief.com sells IDs that look a lot like Pennsylvania and New Jersey driver's licenses. And police, government agencies and bar owners in both states are seeing red. ID Chief claims it's just a novelty business, selling items like rubber chickens and fake mustaches. Except that the items they acutally sell are more expensive and illegal to use, like a fancy glass bong packed with nontobacco products.
NEWS
October 4, 2005
DO YOU REALLY believe that elections in Philadelphia are fair and square - or is it just OK to cheat if you are in a Democratic liberal city like Philly? Everybody in Philadelphia knows that there hasn't been an honest election there in 50 years. How about coming up with some real solutions other than the "stolen elections in 2000" (your words). Get over it, Bush won both times in spite of the cheating that went on in many major Democratic cities. I think there should be some proof of who you are on Election Day, or are you saying that some people aren't capable of obtaining an ID?
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania is home to one of the nation's toughest photo-identification laws for voters, less than eight months before the presidential election. Gov. Corbett signed the bill yesterday, a few hours after the Republican-controlled state House passed it, 104-to-88, largely along partisan lines. The photo-ID requirement would take effect for November's presidential election in Pennsylvania, traditionally a swing state that is expected to be a battleground again this year.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A dispute over the number of voters who could not obtain proper identification to vote in last year's election delayed closing arguments in the voter ID trial Wednesday. Witold Walczak, the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing petitioners in the case, said at least 50 voters would not have received IDs needed to vote last fall and would have been disenfranchised in November's election, based on conservative estimates produced by the state. "There were hundreds of people who went to PennDot and came away without an ID," Walczak said, adding that problems existed even after the state created a Department of State ID for voting that did not require registered voters to produce a birth certificate.
NEWS
March 10, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
This time, the 7-year-old Southwest Philadelphia boy was sure. He stared at Michael Robinson, 28, in court and said he saw him shoot and kill Don "Rico" Campbell, 30, on Madison Place near Lindbergh Boulevard, on Aug. 24, 1993. It wasn't always that easy. Two months after the killing, during a preliminary hearing, the boy's testimony was so shaky, the case was almost dismissed. When he was asked if he could identify the shooter in the courtroom, the boy looked around and said, "I don't see him. " Robinson sat at the defense table smiling.
NEWS
March 31, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The 17-year-old South Philadelphia girl says she wanted her dying 67-year- old father to know who had shot him. But he didn't want to know. As Acquanetta Joyce's father, George, lay dying in a hospital bed on Jan. 30, 21 days after being shot inside his South Philadelphia home by robbers who then spit and stepped on him, he shook his head no. She told him anyway. After first naming Darnell "Woo" Jones, 17, as one of the holdup men, she told him the name of the shooter.
NEWS
July 24, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG - A former policy director for Pennsylvania's Department of State defended the state's tough voter identification law yesterday as a reasonable compromise that followed intense negotiations, even though it omits changes that the department proposed to ease some of the requirements. Lawyers for plaintiffs seeking to overturn the mandatory photo ID requirement yesterday questioned the official, Rebecca Oyler, about memos and emails describing negotiations over the legislation in late 2011.
NEWS
September 27, 2012 | BY SARA KHAN, Daily News Staff Writer
ONE TRIP to PennDOT should now be enough to get that elusive photo ID. After being criticized for its effort to distribute free IDs that will comply with a new strict voter-ID law, the Pennsylvania Department of State announced Tuesday that it is simplifying its process by removing the proof-of-residence requirement for one type of identification. Submitting a name, address, date of birth and Social Security number will now suffice for a voting-only Department of State ID. PennDOT employees are expected to verify that the applicant is registered to vote while he is waiting.
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
THE Pennsylvania Department of State on Monday ramped up its voter-outreach efforts by enhancing VotesPA.com and launching it on Facebook and Twitter. The effort is part of an ongoing marketing campaign by state officials to inform people about the new voter-ID law that requires voters to show an unexpired photo ID at the polls if they want to cast their ballots in the Nov. 6 general election. VotesPA.com features a new layout to help voters find information about which photo IDs are acceptable and how to obtain a valid ID. The website also has a "resource center" where voters can link to frequently asked questions about the voter-ID law, voter registration, absentee and alternative ballots, and locations of polling places.
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July 10, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 23, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 10, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
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April 22, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
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.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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