November 18, 1992 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday extended the deadline for the legislature and Gov. Florio to come up with a way to pay lawyers who represent poor people accused of crimes. Since last summer, after the legislature made deep budget cuts, there has been no money to pay for lawyers in cases in which the Public Defender's Office is barred by law from representing defendants. The court had said that Nov. 13 would be the deadline for the Republican- led legislature and Florio, a Democrat, to agree on a way to come up with the $3 million needed for the lawyers, whose services must be provided under the federal and state constitutions.
June 7, 1990 |
Kennett Square Borough officials are starting to feel the squeeze. Legal costs of $231,500 to cover six lawsuits in the last 30 months, all involving Police Chief Albert J. McCarthy, has the borough caught in a severe financial crunch for the first time in at least a decade. The borough found itself in the hole by $127,000 at the end of 1989, according to Pam Adams of Barbacane, Thorton & Co., auditors for the borough. Borough Council President Kenneth Roberts, concerned about the town's financial status, Monday night asked borough manager Doug Marguriet to compile a report projecting the financial future of the municipality.
April 8, 2012 |
Even as they slashed county services and held row officers to a tight fiscal line, Montgomery County's former commissioners obscured legal expenses for their offices, including $2.2 million in unbudgeted payments to outside law firms, a review of the last four years of county books shows. The money, spent between 2008 and 2011, included disbursements for county legal work done by lawyers who had contributed frequently to the commissioners' campaigns. Some of it also went to pay at least 13 part-time staff lawyers, whose salaries were added to other departments so as not to inflate the annual budget of the county's executive office, members of the former administration said.
June 25, 1995 |
School board members spent their last school-year meetings nickel-and- diming every issue, from the size of a teacher's stipend to summer job funds. Among the reasons for the board's scrutiny of each expenditure? Legal fees more than double what was originally budgeted. On Tuesday, the board approved payment of slightly more than $12,000 in legal bills for April. Including the $25,600 the board has already spent on lawyers and the upcoming legal bills for May and June, the board could be looking at a $50,000 tab for the fiscal year that ends June 30. The 1994-95 budget provided $15,000 for such expenses.
August 3, 2011
The Philadelphia Housing Authority says it will repay $150,000 worth of questionable legal expenses it billed to the federal government. That's good news for the federal treasury, but it's not much comfort to the impoverished Philadelphians the housing agency is supposed to help. To get square with the feds, the $150,000, along with another $69,435 of questionable billings for legal work, will be repaid from "other funds" at PHA. Those "other funds" are not going to come from the pockets of those responsible, such as ousted PHA director Carl Greene.
August 13, 1994 |
Two alleged high-ranking members of the John Stanfa organized crime family say they are so broke they want the taxpayers to foot the bill for their legal expenses. In petitions filed in U.S. District Court, Frank Martines, the reputed underboss to Stanfa, and Salvatore "Shotsie" Sparacio, the capo who is said to have run mob gambling in the Trenton area, asked that they be treated as paupers. Martines, 41, of Yardley, Bucks County, was described in the petition as "unemployed" and without "income from any source.
February 21, 1997 |
A Delaware County jury has ordered the Fraternal Order of Police to pay $92,428 to a former Upper Darby police officer, finding that the organization acted improperly in refusing to cover his legal expenses in a high-profile criminal trial in 1991. Peter Rorke and four fellow former Upper Darby officers were convicted of civil-rights charges that May by a federal court jury. The case involved the beating, false arrest and prosecution of a local father and son in September 1988.
April 1, 2004 |
Philadelphia is poised to spend nearly $1.5 million this year on outside lawyers to help respond to a battery of grand-jury subpoenas and to represent city employees and officials in two federal investigations. "A substantial part of the amount requested is attributed to the ongoing investigations," City Solicitor Pedro A. Ramos said yesterday, referring to an investigation into alleged corruption in city government and a separate inquiry into legal work given by the city Pension Board to a politically active law firm.
April 29, 2001 |
Recently, Evesham's Township Council, township manager, solicitor and other officials sat in the dimly lit council chamber, airing their concerns about the forthcoming budget. It's a familiar scene in many townships: The hour is late, the numbers are crunching, and the officials are torn between a desire to go home and an obligation to finish the budget. "Last year was an anomaly," Township Manager Florence Ricci said to the council just as the figures for legal costs appeared on the screen behind her. "We spent over $300,000 in legal fees.
January 14, 2001 |
For 18 years, Robert Lees spent several nights a month at town hall reviewing building plans in this rural Pinelands community. There, huddled with other members of the Land Development Board, he weighed builders' proposals against the pleas of residents who preferred the quiet of vacant fields and bucolic blueberry farms. Like thousands of other volunteers who help to run local governments, Lees and his colleagues received no pay. "I love my town. I grew up here," he said. Two years ago, Lees' love of his town was severely tested when a decision he made put him on a collision course with local officials, invoked charges of conflict of interest, and resulted in an acrimonious lawsuit that could cost him thousands of dollars.