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November 20, 2014
CITY COUNCILMAN Kenyatta Johnson ignored the law by steering the purchase of city-owned lots to political insiders, one of whom was a member of a drug gang who served 15 years for third-degree murder, a lawsuit alleges. The suit was filed in Common Pleas Court late Monday night by Michael Pollack, owner of a development company named Bag of Holdings, which sought to buy parcels in Point Breeze in Johnson's 2nd District. The suit alleges a "pay to play" scheme in which Johnson steered city-owned properties to "insiders" and demanded that purchasers "use his preferred developers.
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November 19, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
After publicly asserting that she had followed the law, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane answered questions for more than two hours Monday before a grand jury investigating whether she or her office improperly released information to embarrass a political foe. Kane's testimony was private, but as she prepared to take the stand in a Montgomery County courtroom, she told reporters she would tell the special prosecutor "the facts and...
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November 16, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Call it a kind of law-firm Darwinism. A few years ago, it was possible to read any number of reports pronouncing the death of Big Law. Mammoth firms were too inefficient, too slow, and - most important for their clients - too expensive. And it is true, ever since the 2008 financial crisis caused corporate America to rein in its legal spend, some very big law firms have bit the dust. But the Morgan Lewis & Bockius L.L.P. announcement Friday that it plans to acquire much of Boston-based Bingham McCutchen also suggests some law-firm heavyweights will thrive in an era of tighter legal budgets and tougher competition.
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November 12, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is seeking to overturn a new state law that allows violent-crime victims to sue offenders whose speech continues to cause them "mental anguish. " In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Harrisburg, Abu-Jamal's lawyers said the measure - signed in October - violates the First Amendment rights of prisoners and was specifically targeted to silence him. Abu-Jamal, 60, is serving a life sentence at a state prison in Schuylkill County for the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.
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November 12, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five Democratic legislators and the cities of Philadelphia and Lancaster have filed suit to block a new state law that greatly expands the ability of gun advocates - including the National Rifle Association - to challenge local attempts to regulate firearms. The law, passed in late October, gives the NRA legal standing to bring suits against local municipalities that enact their own gun laws and to require those municipalities to bear all legal costs should they lose. As the result of the law, gun control advocates say, municipalities that attempt to place restrictions on guns could face prohibitively costly court fees should those laws be found legally wanting.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE CITIZENS up north in Potter County or in Greene County, about 300 miles west of Philadelphia, can usually count the number of annual homicides with one or two fingers. But any law-abiding citizen able to own a handgun there or anywhere else in Pennsylvania could file a lawsuit against Philadelphia, even if he's never been here, to challenge local firearms ordinances, thanks to a statute backed by the National Rifle Association that was signed into law by Gov. Corbett last week.
NEWS
November 9, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another delay may be in store for a controversial new law allowing the National Rifle Association to sue over municipal gun ordinances. When Gov. Corbett signed the law Oct. 28, municipalities had 60 days to decide whether to repeal their ordinances or risk a costly lawsuit. But the clock was pushed back 10 days when it was discovered that Corbett had signed the wrong version of the law. Now, several leading Democrats are trying to delay the law further - or block it entirely - by challenging its constitutionality.
NEWS
November 6, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Princeton University violated a federal antidiscrimination law by not "promptly and equitably" responding to complaints of sexual violence, in one case allowing a sexually hostile environment to continue for one student, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday. The university formalized an agreement Oct. 12 with the department that includes revising policies, using a "preponderance of the evidence" standard in investigating complaints, and reexamining all complaints filed from the 2011-12 academic year through Sept.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
It read more like a poison-pen letter than a measured legal argument. One startling if little-noticed aspect of the uproar over former Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery was Chief Justice Ronald Castille's Oct. 20 opinion on McCaffery's suspension. It was called a concurring statement, but more than anything else, it was a tirade. Castille, a former Marine and former Philadelphia district attorney, interjected his ongoing feud with McCaffery throughout the five-page opinion, cataloguing various insults hurled by McCaffery.
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