July 20, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - At a time when state budget talks have yielded little progress, some legislators are working on bridging the gap on another widely debated issue: legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. As soon as this week, a bipartisan task force could roll out a compromise measure that could lead to a final vote by the end of the summer. The new bill is not expected to differ drastically from two others that have already been considered, but supporters hope it represents an acceptable middle ground between a proposal that has already passed the Senate and a House measure that has lacked traction.
July 16, 2015 |
SO NOW we're told Donovan McNabb's blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit when he was arrested in Gilbert, Ariz., last month. This means the former Bird could become a jailbird. McNabb was involved in a non-injury collision with another vehicle on June 28. Yesterday, police said his blood-alcohol level was 0.17. The legal limit is .08. It was the second DUI arrest in Arizona for McNabb, who spent a day in jail in April 2014 for a misdemeanor DUI offense near Phoenix in December 2013.
July 3, 2015 |
IF THE RAINBOW flag backdrops in social-media profile pics are any indication, support for marriage equality across the land is not losing momentum. That includes the local legal marketplace. Like many LGBT supporters, Philly attorney J. Conor Corcoran celebrated the Supreme Court's decision Friday to uphold gay marriage in all 50 states. Yesterday, he did so with his own announcement. Corcoran introduced a new division of his law practice dedicated entirely to the LGBT divorce.
June 26, 2015 |
IN A VICTORY for gun-safety advocates in Philadelphia, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania yesterday overturned a state law that had made it easier for gun owners and the National Rifle Association to sue cities and towns over local gun ordinances. "The Court has preserved the ability of democratically elected local officials throughout this Commonwealth to do what they think is necessary to protect their citizens from the scourge of gun violence," Mayor Nutter said in a statement.
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.