May 18, 2016 |
Despite all the news about Atlantic City's do-or-die financial predicament, a new idea every once in a while bubbles to the surface. Taking an alcoholic beverage from one bar to another on the Boardwalk legally - as opposed to how it happens during the St. Paddy's Day and Miss America Parades - is one of them. Atlantic City wants to bring the time-honored but furtive Boardwalk pub-crawl out in the open. On Wednesday, the city council will consider a trial period for a law that would permit anyone over age 21 to take one plastic container of beer, wine, or another alcoholic drink, marked with the logo of the establishment that served it, onto the Boardwalk between Albany and Metropolitan Avenues.
May 9, 2016 |
A bombshell claim by a veteran investigator that evidence was destroyed in the investigation of the deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife raises potential credibility issues and demands an independent review, legal experts say. The allegations by Somerset County (N.J.) Detective Jeffrey Scozzafava surfaced in a whistle-blower lawsuit, sparking new questions about the deaths of Sheridan and his wife, Joyce. The couple were found dead in their home on Sept.
May 5, 2016 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court has let stand a lower-court ruling that a Gloucester County family must pay part of a $4 million fine and a $2 million environmental cleanup cost after the family acquired a contaminated thermometer plant and converted it into a children's day-care center without removing the building's toxic mercury vapors. The decision last week not to hear the appeal caps a 10-year legal battle that started soon after the state Department of Environmental Protection discovered the Kiddie Kollege day-care center had opened in 2004 in an abandoned factory in Franklinville.
April 28, 2016
By Karen Sacks As New Jersey legislators and policymakers focus on the need to help former inmates reenter society, it's important to note that one of the biggest hurdles is a legal one. And it's often a surmountable one. Legal assistance can make the difference between an ex-offender gaining a solid footing or returning to the behavior that led to prison. At Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), which has been providing a wide range of free legal services to the economically disadvantaged for 15 years, we see this every day. Our Reentry Legal Services program provides the crucial link to make reentry possible, assisting nonviolent ex-offenders with legal counsel on issues ranging from driver's license restoration to expungement.
April 19, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Hundreds of cheering families, legislators and patients watched Gov. Wolf sign a medical marijuana bill into law Sunday afternoon, many hopeful at last for relief from debilitating pain, seizures and other medical conditions. Allie Delp watched from her mother's lap, purple sunglasses strapped around her wide blue eyes to protect them from the light. Large crowds are tough for Allie. The 4-year-old suffers from Dravet syndrome, a severe seizure disorder, and most days she stays in the dimly lit, cool comforts of her home to avoid triggers.
March 31, 2016 |
The death of Philadelphia building inspector Ronald Wagenhoffer has become a forgotten chapter in a story already teeming with tragedy: the deadly 2013 collapse that buried a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City. Wagenhoffer was the Department of Licenses and Inspections inspector assigned to the demolition of several buildings in the 2100 block of Market Street. On June 12, 2013 - one week after the collapse that killed six and injured 13 - Wagenhoffer killed himself. Now, the contents of Wagenhoffer's cellphone are the subject of a brewing legal fight between the District Attorney's Office and lawyers for STB Investments Corp., the company of multimillionaire real estate investor Richard Basciano that owned the properties being razed.
March 17, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - The House voted Wednesday to legalize medical marijuana, ending a debate that languished for years and all but ensuring that Pennsylvania will become the 24th state to pass such a law. The measure will allow people suffering from cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, intractable seizures, and other conditions to access medical marijuana in pill, oil, or ointment form at dispensaries statewide. It would not be able to be smoked. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it has had support and leaders say it will pass.
March 12, 2016 |
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's new lawyers come from a Center City firm with past ties to the congressman's family, considerable experience handling high-profile cases, and an apparent lack of concern over whether it gets paid any time soon. A team of three attorneys from Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis L.L.P. will make its courtroom debut Friday at a hearing in which the lawyers hope to persuade a federal judge to toss Fattah's racketeering conspiracy charges. Their attachment to the case comes amid a flap between the Philadelphia Democrat and his previous lawyers, who say they have not been fully paid and have pushed for the court's permission to drop the congressman as a client.
March 1, 2016 |
The U.S. Supreme Court recently took the unprecedented step of issuing a stay of President Obama's massive Clean Power Plan. The court ruled that states should not be compelled to assume the exorbitant costs imposed by the plan until a federal court determines its legality. The ruling produced a huge sigh of relief from the 27 states currently suing to halt a large-scale transformation of their energy grid through one of the most far-reaching regulations ever imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.