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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?
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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
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.
NEWS
October 23, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the weekend's three homicides, police have released two of the victims' names and made several arrests. In the most recent case, a domestic dispute led to the stabbing death of a Crescentville man early Sunday morning, police said. Shortly after 3:30 a.m., Shawn Rodgers, 30, was found with a stab wound to the chest inside his residence in the 600 block of East Carver Street in the Northeast neighborhood. He was pronounced dead at 4:21 a.m. at Einstein Medical Center. A woman was arrested, but police this morning could not confirm reports she was his girlfriend.
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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.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE VICTIMS of a triple homicide that rocked a quiet residential block in Lawndale earlier this month have been identified by police. Keurlin Charles, 24; Vander Freemont, 34; and Brian Williams, 25, were found Feb. 13 inside a home on Martins Mill Road near Oxford Avenue, Officer Leeloni Palmiero, a police spokeswoman, said yesterday. All three had been shot in the head in what police have called an "execution-style" murder. Charles and Freemont, who both lived in the home where the shooting occurred, were found with their hands and feet bound behind their backs, Palmiero said.
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect who allegedly made off with $28,000 in gold jewelry during a Montgomery County pawn shop robbery in May. Police have made several attempts to take Ja'Kwan Emarcus Gardner, 22, into custody. His last known address was in the 5900 block of North 4th Street in Philadelphia. The robbery was recorded on surveillance tape and investigators were able to identify Gardner as the suspect. Police said Gardner legally purchased a shotgun the month before the heist.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for Gov. Corbett on Monday asked the Commonwealth Court judge who struck down the state's voter ID law this month to reconsider his ruling. The 39-page filing allows the Corbett administration to keep alive its appeal hopes, but Joshua Maus, a spokesman for the Governor's Office of General Counsel, said, "It would be premature to say whether we would move forward with an appeal. " The posttrial motion argues that Judge Bernard L. McGinley made numerous errors in reaching his decision that the law, one of the strictest in the nation, was unconstitutional.
NEWS
January 20, 2014
In tossing out Pennsylvania's oppressive voter-ID law, Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley stated the obvious: "Voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election; the Voter ID Law does not further this goal. " Before the law was passed in March 2012, voters were already required to provide proof of residency, and poll workers were allowed to request ID if they doubted anyone's qualifications. But that didn't stop Republican legislators and Gov. Corbett from enacting one of the nation's most restrictive voter-ID laws.
NEWS
January 20, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
  The ruling Friday that struck down Pennsylvania's voter-identification law is unlikely to be the last word on the case, or the issue. Supporters and detractors conceded that Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley's 103-page ruling was almost certain to be appealed to the state Supreme Court. And other federal and state courts nationwide are hearing challenges to their voter-ID laws. Every case remains distinct, but experts say each ruling like the one in Pennsylvania could provide ammunition to both sides on the issue.
NEWS
January 19, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
A COMMONWEALTH Court judge yesterday struck down Pennsylvania's voter-ID law, noting that attorneys for the state had shown nothing but "a vague concern about voter fraud" to justify legislation that could have cost hundreds of thousands of voters the right to cast ballots. Judge Bernard McGinley declared the law unconstitutional in a ruling that said about 430,000 registered voters still don't have the type of identification that would have been needed to vote. Attorneys for Gov. Corbett's administration offered no examples of in-person voter impersonation - the alleged problem that the law was meant to address.
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