September 7, 2015 |
Ever since the Bill Cosby sexual-assault scandal went viral last year, the Temple University board of trustees has been in a defensive crouch. This is understandable at one level because Cosby was for decades a high-profile trustee and Temple's best-known graduate. Yet the more that is known about allegations of drug abuse and sexual assault involving America's onetime favorite TV dad, the more it becomes clear that the board failed to confront a grave risk to the university's reputation when the allegations emerged a decade ago. Much of the resulting damage to Temple, the lurid headlines and the tarnishing of its image, can be traced to the board's inaction.
September 6, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Lawyers for embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane say the state's Disciplinary Board is trampling her rights - and the public's will - by seeking to suspend her law license. In a legal filing to the Supreme Court late Friday, they said the board had wrongly suggested that public confidence in the attorney general has been "totally eroded. " "How the Office of Disciplinary Counsel can purport to speak for the electorate - which expresses itself only in the voting booth, which last did so when it elected Attorney General Kane, and whose decision will be nullified if she is removed from office by suspension - is a mystery," the lawyers wrote.
September 2, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Supporters of embattled Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane are mobilizing to halt a legal proceeding that could force her from office before her criminal case is resolved. A group called Pennsylvania Citizens for Kathleen Kane has launched a petition on Change.org asking the Disciplinary Board of the state Supreme Court to pause in its effort to suspend Kane's law license as she awaits trial on charges that she illegally leaked confidential documents to a newspaper. The group is asking the board, which oversees the conduct of lawyers across the state, to await the outcome of the criminal case against Kane before taking any action.
August 31, 2015 |
Stanley Amland threw it off. So did Ingrid Bracke. Rhoda May Derksen ditched hers, too. The names, picked at random for this article from the Federal Register, are among the 3,415 Americans who renounced their U.S. citizenship or relinquished their residency permits last year. As a national debate rages about "anchor babies" and the constitutional amendment that grants "birthright citizenship" to anyone born on U.S. soil, a record number of Americans and green-card holders are becoming ex-Americans.
August 30, 2015 |
In a move that could force Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane from office, the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has notified her that it is seeking to suspend her law license, according to sources familiar with the matter. "I can't talk to you about it because anything I say can be held against me," Kane said Friday. Kane, 49, was charged this month with perjury, conspiracy, official oppression, and other crimes. Prosecutors say she illegally leaked confidential documents to a reporter in a bid to embarrass a critic, then lied about it under oath.
August 27, 2015 |
A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned New Jersey's sports betting law for the second time in two years, saying federal statutes forbid gambling on college and professional sports except in a handful of states. New Jersey voters amended the state constitution in 2011 to permit sports betting at struggling casinos and racetracks while barring wagers on New Jersey college teams or on any collegiate event occurring in the state. The National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, and others sued to prevent implementation of the plan.
August 21, 2015 |
The conversation up front was serious: lawyers and advocates taking earnest notes about liability and case law. But in the back of the Center City conference room, two tiny white kittens paced and stretched in their cage, drawing smiles from people all around them. A brown dog snoozed blissfully at someone's feet. The Pennsylvania Bar Institute presented its 12th annual Animal Law Conference on Wednesday, a unique day of professional education that featured topics like "Alternatives to Animal Testing" and "Ethical and Moral Dilemmas of Representation in Animal Law. " About 100 people showed up; 50 more participated via simulcast in places like Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre.
August 20, 2015 |
Question: I have been happily married for three years. Because we live 30 minutes from my in-laws, we see them pretty much every week. The problem is my mother-in-law. In addition to her frequently imposing her will on us (e.g., enlisting someone to build steps off our deck when we had no interest in doing so), she shares intimate, and almost always negative, information about all of her relatives and friends. Friend A doesn't know how to raise her children; Uncle B is a cheapskate, etc. My husband understands my discomfort and has occasionally made excuses for us to not see his parents.
August 12, 2015 |
The feverish pace of corporate deal making is bolstering law firms that help close complex transactions. Big firms in Philadelphia say buying and selling of companies, along with the forming of strategic partnerships, are proceeding at a pace not seen since 2007, just before the onset of the Great Recession. Part of the reason is that there is pent-up demand. Fewer deals were closed just after the market collapse in 2008 and 2009, but now there are buyers and sellers in greater numbers.
August 11, 2015 |
The 700-pound robot took a beating as the man with a sledgehammer hacked off its arm and then, in a surprising show of strength, shoved its mangled body off the front porch of the Lindenwold home. The Camden County Sheriff's Office had sent the robot - which has a microphone through which a deputy can speak - to negotiate with the man after he fired gunshots in the neighborhood and barricaded himself. Now, with the robot having drawn the man out of the home after about an hour, authorities realized that he no longer had a gun. The SWAT officers approached and, as the man tried to charge at them, Capt.