July 14, 2012 |
She'll talk after all. After a six-month standoff, former state Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman gave up the fight Thursday and said she would answer questions in a lawsuit over the controversial effort to build a new, $200 million Family Court building. Her reversal came one day after she appeared at a law office at the court-ordered time for a deposition and then refused to answer questions or turn over thousands of pages of documents. Newman has decided to waive her claim that she had immunity from the process, though she still believes that she has it, according to her lawyer, Gene D. Cohen.
July 13, 2012 |
She showed up. She didn't complain about her health. But Sandra Schultz Newman, a former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, still refused Wednesday to answer questions about her involvement with a botched plan to build a new $200 million Family Court building in Philadelphia. For six months, Newman had avoided answering questions from lawyer Richard A. Sprague, citing variously her busy personal and civic life, her winter vacation, and an unspecified sickness. But a judge had appeared to put an end to the delay in ordering her to undergo four days of depositions, starting Wednesday.
August 3, 2011 |
MOMENTUM continued to build yesterday for dismantling the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, with its former chairman blasting the "inherently wrong" government monopoly and endorsing the latest push to privatize the wine-and-spirits industry. "We don't want to be bootleggers," Jonathan Newman said during an appearance at the Wine School in Center City. "We don't want to have to be criminals, going into Delaware and New Jersey and purchasing product illegally. " Newman, who chaired the LCB from 2002 until 2007 and now sells wine to out-of-state retailers, pounced on a recent state audit showing that inventory mismanagement forced the agency to store tens of thousands of cases of booze in nontemperature-controlled trailers.
August 3, 2011 |
The man who once had the greatest say over what alcohol Pennsylvanians could drink has thrown his support behind the effort to take that control away from government and end the State Store system. Jonathan Newman, the former chairman of the Liquor Control Board, said Tuesday that "the stars are perfectly aligned" to privatize the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania - an endeavor that has failed under three previous governors. "This is the year change is going to happen," Newman said during a news conference at the Wine School of Philadelphia.
August 2, 2011 |
The man who once had the greatest say over what alcohol Pennsylvanians could drink has thrown his support behind the effort to take that control away from government and end the State Store system. Jonathan Newman, the former chair of the state Liquor Control Board, said on Tuesday that "the stars are perfectly aligned" to privatize the sale of wine and hard liquor in Pennsylvania - an endeavor that has failed under three different governors. "This is the year change is going to happen," Newman said, during a news conference at the Wine School of Philadelphia.
December 6, 2010 |
As a state Supreme Court justice desperate to find a way to build a new Family Court building in Center City, Sandra Schultz Newman hired real estate lawyer Jeffrey B. Rotwitt to make the project happen. Two years later, as Rotwitt's firm was closing in on a $3.9 million payday, Newman - by then a lawyer in private practice - tried to make sure some of the Family Court fees went to her son, a former lawyer in Rotwitt's firm. The former justice sent an e-mail to Rotwitt in March 2008 saying her son Jonathan, who introduced her to Rotwitt, should get credit for scoring the deal for the firm, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel.
February 21, 2010
Here's a wine riddle for this era of recession drinking: How does a tasty Napa cabernet sell in the same marketplace for both $30 and $15? Answer: When discount wine innovator Jonathan Newman gets involved with the phenomenon of private labels. The ex-PLCB chairman has helped create more than 20 "private labels," like this 2007 Kingsford Manor cabernet, as an outlet for wineries to sell surplus cases of a vintage without damaging the established value of their franchise brand. In today's trade-down market, where $30 bottles languish on shelves, that means 4,000 cases, or about 25 percent of the cab inventory from this well-known (but confidentially unnamed)
May 15, 2008 |
CHUCK Stone was legendary in these pages for, among other things, his role as the man to whom fugitives would turn when they were ready to submit to authorities. My goals aren't so lofty. I'd be content to play peacemaker between a prodigal wine-lover and his former employer in an effort to expand the selection available to those of us who like to imbibe here in Pennsylvania. I think I'm well- suited to play King Solomon. Jonathan Newman was a law-school classmate of mine at Penn.
February 3, 2008 |
It is a case of vintage revenge. Wine merchants in Delaware and South Jersey are now clearing shelf space for their old nemesis: Jonathan Newman, former chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. The "xChairman Selections," as one shop calls them, are the discounted wines that Newman's new company will introduce in Pennsylvania border states this month. Newman had risen to the unlikely status of folk hero among Pennsylvania wine lovers, partly because of his celebrated Chairman's Selection specials.
February 1, 2007
Another reason provided for ending the LCB In an obvious move to discredit Jonathan Newman, former chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the Inquirer Jan. 26 informed us about the members of the Liquor Control Board traveling lavishly on the backs of the taxpayers ("Liquor board did high-end traveling"). In most cases their trips were to negotiate a purchase price for wine either already cheaper in other states or, as previously disclosed in The Inquirer, created for Pennsylvania to look as if it were specially priced.