June 15, 2015 |
When New Jersey's high court ruled last week that Gov. Christie had the authority to cut billions from payments he had promised the state pension system, it spared the governor a massive budget shortfall as he prepares to announce a presidential decision. Though the legal victory over public-worker unions averted immediate crisis, it did not relieve Christie - or state lawmakers - of a reality less worthy of campaign-trail celebration: an unfunded pension liability that continues to strain the state budget and funds for many workers at risk of running out of money within the next decade.
June 3, 2015 |
Norfolk Southern Corp. touted its safety efforts in transporting crude oil in a letter to Gov. Wolf, but the railroad suggested it may file a legal challenge over some recent federal safety rules. Following the issuance of new rules by the U.S. Department of Transportation on May 8, "Norfolk Southern is still considering its legal options," the company's Chairman and CEO C.W. Moorman said in a letter delivered to Wolf on Monday. Like other railroads, Norfolk Southern was particularly "disappointed" with new rules on brakes that the railroad said would produce "little safety benefit," Moorman said.
May 10, 2015 |
The law firm representing Gov. Christie's office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure investigation has billed the state more than $300,000 since December, according to invoices released Friday by the Attorney General's Office. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher L.L.P. billed the governor's office at a rate of $350 an hour for a total of $311,425 from December through Sunday, the invoices show. Last year, the firm billed the state $7.5 million. Christie's office paid an additional $1.25 million to other law firms last year in connection with the bridge probe.
May 7, 2015 |
LAW-AND-ORDER has a price tag, and what Mayor Nutter has proposed in his latest budget isn't enough, according to District Attorney Seth Williams and one of the city's top judges. During budget hearings before City Council yesterday, Williams and Common Pleas Administrative Judge Kevin Dougherty each said their offices needed an additional $1 million - plus change - for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Dougherty, who since December has headed the court's trial division, told Council that he needs $1.1 million to buy and implement the use of about 375 GPS wireless ankle monitors for adult defendants who cannot post bail.
April 29, 2015
ISSUE | NEXT MAYOR Worthy pleadings The mayoral candidates' suggestions for dealing with Philadelphia's staggering poverty problem left out one critical need: increased funding for civil legal aid to poor people ("Mayoral Q&A," April 24). Philadelphia has one of the very best legal-aid programs in the nation, one that is known for aggressively representing low-income Philadelphians, making sure their problems are heard and addressed, and pushing for systems and policies to be fixed when they harm vulnerable poor families.
April 21, 2015 |
Another internal battle is brewing on Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees, and this time it could lead to legal action. Seven alumni-elected trustees on the 32-member board have reiterated their demand to have access to materials used in preparation for the blistering investigative report by former FBI director Louis Freeh that said former university leaders conspired to cover up child sex-abuse allegations against former assistant football...
March 16, 2015 |
TAMMY Sadler-Chase was sick and uninsured. She had lost her mobility and her sight after being diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. Her hospital bills had reached nearly $200,000. And every time she applied for insurance, she was denied. Desperate for help, Sadler-Chase called the PHMC Rising Sun Health Center in Olney, where she was connected to a lawyer named Lydia Gottesfeld, who helped her secure proper care and health-care coverage. Sadler-Chase is one of more than 400 patients who are utilizing Rising Sun Health Center, which this month officially began offering on-site financial and legal services to its clients, making it the first of its kind in the nation.
March 2, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - Villanova coach Jay Wright said JayVaughn Pinkston "is doing the best he can" to adhere to the conditions of the program the player must conclude satisfactorily to have his record expunged in connection with a 2010 fight at an off-campus party. But Pinkston, the Wildcats' senior forward and cocaptain, has not fulfilled the terms of a judge's order requiring 375 hours of community service, and payment of more than $11,000 in restitution and court costs, and probably won't be able to do so until after his Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program ends in May. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office filed a petition last week contending that Pinkston, 23, violated the terms of his ARD sentence.
February 27, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - With the state Senate and the governor on board, and House leaders showing positive interest, lawmakers advocating for medical marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania say they are convinced it will become law as early as July. "This is going to pass the Senate, and we've got votes in the House by a wide margin," said Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery), cosponsor of the bill, following a hearing on the issue Wednesday. Sen. Mike Folmer (R., Lebanon), the bill's lead sponsor, is chairman of the state government committee, which will vote on the bill in April.