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November 6, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania's chief justice on Wednesday endorsed the recommendation of a group of defense lawyers and others that Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane release all e-mail traffic between the state Supreme Court and prosecutors, not just messages with sexually explicit material. Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille said this would address concerns that members of his court might have grown too close to prosecutors, swapping e-mails in a camaraderie that shut out others. "I think the attorney general should release all of them," Castille said.
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November 2, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Hundreds of South Jersey Democrats' votes in the most hotly contested congressional district in the region could be invalidated after Republicans challenged a swath of mail-in ballots. In a filing Friday, the Burlington County Republican committee challenged the ballots because the Democratic state committee left out required information when sending mail ballot applications to their supporters in a U.S. House race between the GOP's Tom MacArthur and Democrat Aimee Belgard.
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October 25, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 182 students whose ACT exams, taken at Upper Darby High School, were apparently lost in the mail will get a second chance to prove themselves. ACT Inc. will allow the students a free retest Nov. 1, this time at Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne. All 182 students also will receive a refund for the tests that were lost, Ed Colby, a spokesman for the Iowa-based testing company, said Thursday. Colby said ACT continues to look for the exams, supposedly mailed Sept. 15 by an ACT-hired testing coordinator.
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October 22, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended Justice Seamus P. McCaffery on Monday amid allegations that he sent pornographic e-mails and threatened to entangle a fellow justice in the widening scandal after vowing not to go "down alone. " In a sharply worded order, four of the seven justices, citing an "immediate need" to protect the integrity of the state's courts, suspended McCaffery with pay on "an interim basis" from his $200,205-a-year job. The court also ordered the state's Judicial Conduct Board to determine within 30 days if there is probable cause to file formal misconduct charges against the justice.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A skirmish between two rival Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices over pornographic e-mails erupted Friday into a full-court brawl, with a third justice stopping just short of lobbing blackmail accusations, and other colleagues fretting that the fighting had begun to erode the public's confidence in the bench. Responding to reports that he had received racist and pornographic content on a private e-mail account, Justice J. Michael Eakin said he never viewed those messages and accused another colleague caught up in the scandal, Justice Seamus P. McCaffery, of threatening to leak them to the media.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Breaking weeks of silence, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery apologized Thursday for sending sexually explicit e-mails to state employees, then blasted the high court rival he said used the "cooked-up controversy" to carry out a "vindictive pattern of attacks" against him. In a statement, the 64-year-old jurist unloaded on Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille for exposing the racy correspondence, which McCaffery called private and...
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery sent or received more than 230 e-mails that included sexually explicit content between late 2008 and mid-2012, including messages sent to state e-mail accounts of government employees, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the chief justice. In a statement, Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille said the analysis found McCaffery had sent or received 2,800 messages unearthed during an internal review by the Attorney General's Office.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
EDD CONBOY scrolls through the pictures in his cellphone until he comes to one that makes him tear up. In the photo, a man bundled up in a puffy winter coat and knit hat triumphantly holds up a piece of mail. "I still remember the tears in Dennis' eyes as he held up the first letter he ever received as a free man, without an inmate number after his name," Conboy said, choking up. Conboy is the director of social services at Broad Street Ministry, a behemoth of a church on Broad Street near Locust where each week thousands of homeless Philadelphians can grab a meal and their mail.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's Judicial Conduct Board will investigate a complaint that Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery may have violated ethics rules if he sent sexually explicit e-mails from his personal account to a state employee, according to a letter from the board. In the Tuesday letter, the board agreed to "conduct an inquiry into the matters" raised in a complaint filed last week by Harrisburg activist Gene Stilp. In his Oct. 2 complaint, Stilp cited news accounts that McCaffery in 2008 and 2009 sent e-mails containing pornographic content to an agent in the state Attorney General's Office.
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has agreed to give Pennsylvania's Supreme Court chief justice the names of any judges or judicial employees who may have exchanged sexually explicit e-mails, her office said Wednesday. A technician from Kane's office is scheduled on Friday to show Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille copies of any messages sent from judicial e-mail accounts or judges' private accounts that turned up in Kane's internal review of employee e-mails, her spokeswoman said.
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