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.
October 24, 2015 |
The Philadelphia 76ers and Partypoker have ended what both sides said in 2014 was the first sponsorship deal between an NBA team and an online gambling business. But in the Sixers season that starts Wednesday, the daily fantasy sports company DraftKings - one of two major players in that field - will now become a more prominent sponsor for the team. Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil confirmed late Wednesday that the Partypoker sponsorship had ended. He declined to explain the decision other than to say that even multiyear partnerships such as this one have "triggers" that allow for "adjustments based on market opportunity.
October 22, 2015 |
Larry Berger started college thinking he might combine his interest in art with industrial design. He ended up going to law school, instead, a fortunate turn that led him to a long first career as a business lawyer with Morgan Lewis LLP and a second professional act as general counsel at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Berger, 68, plans to retire from that position by the end of the year - and, when he does, he will have many stories to tell...
October 10, 2015 |
Experts on legal ethics condemned Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin on Thursday following disclosures that he had sent or received emails that mocked Muslim children as suicide bombers, called Mexicans "beaners," and joked about domestic-assault victims. "This justice ought to say, 'I'm terribly embarrassed. In retrospect, I deeply regret having done it. And I hope I will be forgiven,' " said Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr., a specialist on judicial ethics and emeritus professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
October 8, 2015 |
Tulane, which plays Temple this weekend, had many big plays Saturday in a 45-31 win over visiting Central Florida, but none had more significance than the last score, a PAT that extended the Green Wave's lead to 45-17 in the fourth quarter. That will always be known as the first college play for long snapper Aaron Golub, a sophomore walk-on. And if he has anything to say about it, there will be more snaps in a career defined by courage. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Golub made a perfect snap as Matthew Wright booted the extra point.
October 3, 2015 |
Pennsylvania legislators moved one step closer to legalizing medical marijuana this week after a group of state House members unveiled recommendations to shape a bill that could be voted into law before the end of the year. The recommendations, prepared by 13 House members who had been discussing the issue since July, touched on subjects including how to license growers and sellers, and which medical conditions would qualify for a marijuana prescription. Steve Miskin, spokesman for House Republicans, said the next step would be using the guidelines to draft a bill that can garner enough support in the House.
September 25, 2015
D EAR ABBY: Your advice to "Poor Birth Mother in Georgia" - "Because the college-loan agreement with your daughter was verbal and wasn't put in writing, you don't have a legal means to force her to assume the loan payments" - was wrong! Verbal agreements are enforced if they can be proven to be true. Even if the daughter didn't promise to make the payments, she may be held liable for them because money provided for the benefit of another gives rise to an implied and enforceable obligation to repay it. If the statute of limitations has not run out, I think she's got a pretty good case.