November 21, 1986 |
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. conferred yesterday with the city's Common Pleas Court judges and urged them to continue doing their jobs in the face of the widening investigation into judicial misconduct. Arriving unannounced, Nix met with the judges for about 15 minutes in a closed session. Several judges who were present said he told them that, like anyone else, they are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Those judges also said Nix told them that any judges who are found guilty must resign.
September 1, 1990 |
Eagles president Harry Gamble said yesterday that he had rejected a written contract-extension proposal made for holdout tight end Keith Jackson. The proposal, from agent Gary Wichard, represented the team's first communication with Jackson since the two-time all-pro refused to report for the start of training camp, Gamble said. Jackson is seeking an extension of a four-year contract that has two years remaining. Gamble said the proposal called for a signing bonus, reportedly of $1.5 million, plus significant salary increases.
January 30, 1995 |
The owners of the Pittsburgh Pirates have rejected a revised bid from John Rigas to buy the team, television station KDKA-TV reported yesterday. Rigas, the cable TV entrepreneur with major league baseball's permission to negotiate a purchase, increased his initial $80 million offer Friday. He and city officials said the new bid was worth nearly $90 million. However, the Pirates said Rigas proposed no extra cash for the owners but instead offered stock in the team and a pledge to try to find other investors who want to buy their stock.
March 28, 1994 |
State law requires candidates for governor to identify anyone contributing more than $50 to their campaigns. But it is still very difficult to follow the donations of any particular donor - requiring a visit to Harrisburg and a search through thousands of pages of campaign finance documents. Most of the candidates for governor cooperated with the Daily News by providing a computerized list of their donors - the same information they're required to file on paper with the Department of State in Harrisburg.
April 29, 1987 |
Pennsylvania's $65,000-a-year Common Pleas judges are badly underpaid and leaving the bench because of it, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. told a joint session of the General Assembly yesterday. "In virtually all cases, the exodus is because the individual cannot meet his or her family commitments on the judicial salary presently provided," Nix said in urging legislators to create a Judicial Salary Board to build cost- of-living increases into judges' pay. Although he did not recommend a specific salary level, Nix noted federal judges earn $89,500 annually and have lighter caseloads, trial judges in neighboring states earn more than in Pennsylvania, and 50-year-old law partners in Philadelphia earn more than $254,000 annually.
April 24, 1986 |
Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. said yesterday that any city judge who is a target of a current federal investigation into Roofers Union Local 30-30B will not be allowed to decide cases. Nix instructed the almost 100 Common Pleas Court judges and 21 Municipal Court judges to "immediately" report to court officials if they are notified that they are targets of the investigation. Any such judge will be reassigned to "non-decisional duties" within the court system, Nix's office said.
May 13, 1990 |
In newly released court papers, state Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen has accused Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. of widespread misconduct and revealed that he has filed formal charges accusing Nix of violating the code of judicial conduct in two court cases. The formal accusations against Nix, which Larsen filed secretly on Feb. 20, involved cases before the Supreme Court in 1980 and 1986. In addition, Larsen last November accused Nix of having "failed, neglected and refused to pay" real estate taxes, of interceding in a criminal case for a friend who had been arrested and of voting in cases in which he had a personal interest in the outcome, newly released court papers show.
March 28, 2012
F OUR big-city mayors, including Mayor Nutter, took a road-trip to Harrisburg on Tuesday to object to a bill that would let gun-rights activists sue cities that require their citizens to report lost or stolen firearms. The bill would allow any gun owner challenging the local ordinances to collect attorneys' fees and damages from the city that passed the ordinance. State lawmakers in 2008 rejected a bill requiring the timely reporting of lost or stolen handguns, but 48 municipalities, including Philly, passed local laws requiring such reporting.
October 16, 1986
John B. Kelly and son were fine men and did a lot for Philadelphia, but it surely was a bad idea to rename East River Drive after them. After all, East River Drive was an informative name that let you know that it was a road alongside the river and that it was on the east side of the river. Kelly Drive lets you know nothing! And now, to further inconvenience the public, fans of Frank Palumbo, great man that he was, want to rename the West River Drive after him. Ridiculous! Mr. Palumbo was from South Philly and may not have often used West River Drive, but he surely had a good idea of where it was by its name.
July 31, 1996 |
Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr., stepping down today after 24 years on the state Supreme Court, said he would not have resigned if his longtime nemesis, Rolf Larsen, was still a member of the court. "I'd have been here 'til the day they carried me out in a box," said Nix, 68, who resigned even though he could have served for two more years. Nix carefully avoided using Larsen's name, calling him, "that individual. " Among the reasons he resigned, said Nix, was that Larsen was removed from office two years ago after being convicted of obtaining prescription drugs by falsely using the names of his employees.