February 3, 2016 |
Since the disputed 2000 presidential contest and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore , the law governing elections has become ever more contentious as the political parties vie for the slightest advantage. Seeing a growing market for legal advice on everything from campaign finance to congressional redistricting, Center City's Ballard Spahr law firm has created a practice group with 15 lawyers to guide political candidates, parties, and corporations through the thickets of case law, statutes, and regulations that govern political contests.
January 28, 2016 |
A federal judge on Tuesday urged U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, who says he is more focused on raising money for his reelection campaign than on his corruption trial, to rethink his priorities. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III issued the warning as Fattah's lawyers sought to be removed from his case, saying he had not paid their legal bills in nearly five months. "I think you need to take this matter seriously and think hard and fast about your priorities," the judge told the Philadelphia Democrat.
January 23, 2016 |
David F. Simon, longtime chief legal officer at the former Jefferson Health System, has been named to the same job at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the medical school on City Avenue said Thursday. Less than a year ago, Simon joined Elliott Greenleaf, a Blue Bell law firm, as senior shareholder and co-chairman of the firm's executive committee. His last day at the firm is Jan. 29, PCOM said. Jay Feldstein, PCOM's president, and Simon know each other from working together at the former US Health Care.
January 6, 2016 |
The Philadelphia School District's outsize war on a whistle-blower appears to be lurching toward a glorious victory - for its lawyers. After spending about $1 million in legal fees and five years defending its indefensible decision to fire Francis X. Dougherty for exposing a questionable contract, the district could settle with the former administrator. All told, the chronically poor system has paid twice as much to Center City's Tucker Law Group and other firms to contest four lawsuits related to the wayward contract, The Inquirer's Martha Woodall reported.
December 1, 2015 |
Ruth Ann McCann Beeghley, 93, of Lafayette Hill, a legal secretary, died Friday, Nov. 13, of congestive heart failure in the hospice care facility at Abington-Lansdale Hospital. Two days earlier, she had celebrated her birthday with four generations of family and hospital staff. Mrs. Beeghley was born in Paris, Texas, to Noble T. McCann and Ruth Hiestand McCann. Her father was the dining services superintendent for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. As a result, Mrs. Beeghley lived in many towns along the railroad in the Midwest and Southwest.
November 24, 2015 |
As public acceptance of marijuana use grows in the United States, nationwide arrests for simple possession of pot have dropped in recent years. New Jersey is going in the opposite direction. Marijuana arrests in the state jumped 10 percent in 2012 and 2013, according to the latest New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Reports. In fact, the 24,765 arrests made for possessing small amounts of marijuana in 2013 is the highest number in 20 years, and nearly double the amount in 1993, when the state's population was 12 percent less, based on state police statistics and an analysis by the ACLU of New Jersey.
November 18, 2015 |
New Jersey inched closer to possibly legalizing marijuana when the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee held the state's first hearing on the issue Monday, after inviting a dozen legalization advocates to testify on behalf of a bill first proposed nearly two years ago. But Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari (D., Union) said his bill to regulate and tax the recreational use of marijuana by adults was still in its early stages, especially since Gov. Christie has promised a veto. "The governor's been clear on this for a long time," Kevin Roberts, a Christie spokesman, said in an email.
November 11, 2015 |
A year after explosive corruption allegations brought statewide attention to Centre County's courthouse, the first official fallout has come from the ballot box. Voters in the Pennsylvania county last week ousted the commissioner whose bitter feud with the district attorney resulted in several lawsuits against the county. District Attorney Stacy Parks-Miller is suing the commissioners, county staff, and several attorneys, charging defamation after a series of allegations that she forged a judge's signature and violated ethics rules.
November 3, 2015 |
Has Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane opened the door for criminal defense lawyers to rummage through her office's most sensitive internal email documents? Kane surprised many in the state's legal community last week when she released two internal emails of a Pennsylvania judge who had supervised the grand jury investigation of convicted child abuser Jerry Sandusky, a former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach. They are appalled that Kane would cede the presumption of confidentiality by voluntarily releasing the emails.
October 30, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Wednesday that her office had obtained emails among a state judge, his lawyers, and Inquirer reporters because they were housed on her office's computer servers. Responding to an article in The Inquirer reporting that Kane's office had obtained the emails and offered to provide them to other media outlets, Kane said any suggestion that she had acquired the emails from any source other than her servers was "false. " Kane provided no details, but sources said she obtained them because Judge Barry Feudale mistakenly sent the messages to the old email address of a former top prosecutor in the Attorney General's Office.