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August 3, 2012 | By Amy Worden, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - A lawyer for plaintiffs said the state's new voter identification law should be blocked from taking effect because as many as one million people lack proper identification and could be prevented from voting on Election Day, while a Commonwealth attorney said the law should stand because it places no special burdens on any class of people. Vic Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, said not only will the law disenfranchise the petitioners that he represents, but the Commonwealth has agreed there is no evidence of in person voter fraud - the very basis on which the law was approved.
NEWS
August 3, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. - Jurors have awarded more than $1 million to a New Jersey state trooper who filed a whistle-blower lawsuit. The lawyer for retired Detective Sgt. 1st Class Brian Royster says that jurors in Essex County on Wednesday found that the State Police and Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes violated the act, which aims to protect those who speak out. Royster, who is black, filed suit in 2005. The 48-year-old claimed that cases pending with the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action unit were stalled without reason and troopers accused of misconduct had been allowed to retire instead of being disciplined.
NEWS
August 1, 2012 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Iran should pay $6 billion to relatives of 9/11 victims for aiding in the terrorist attacks, a federal magistrate judge recommended Monday in a largely symbolic decision. Even though it will be nearly impossible to collect damages, plaintiff Ellen Saracini, whose husband, Victor, was the captain of one of the planes that struck the World Trade Center, told the New York Daily News that she was pleased with Manhattan Federal Magistrate Judge Frank Maas' recommendation.
NEWS
July 11, 2012
Montgomery County Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, and seven other local plaintiffs filed an appeal Monday opposing the state's latest Republican-drawn redistricting plan. The most recent maps - released June 8 - would divide Montgomery County into eight Senate and 19 House districts, none of which lies entirely within the county, and cut district lines through several townships and boroughs. The plaintiffs called the plan "overtly political" and argued that it violates a state constitutional mandate to keep counties and cities together in one representative district "unless absolutely necessary.
NEWS
July 10, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city of Camden wants a judge to bar a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union from making public confidential information he received anonymously about Police Department Internal Affairs investigations. A disc containing the sensitive data was mailed to Alexander Shalom's ACLU office in Newark in May, according to court documents. It is now the focus of a legal dispute in civil litigation brought by nearly 100 low-level drug dealers who claim they were illegally targeted by a group of dishonest Camden officers subsequently convicted on corruption charges.
NEWS
July 1, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their superiors took action after they complained about the behavior of the fellow police officer who admitted Tasering a handcuffed teenager. However, instead of disciplining Trevor Parham, the officials acted against the four current and former Colwyn, Delaware County, officers, they allege in a federal lawsuit. In addition, Colwyn resident Maurice J. Clark Sr., 64, claims in the suit, filed Thursday in Philadelphia, that nine months before the Tasering incident, he had been harassed repeatedly by Parham and jailed wrongly.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether two million Comcast Corp. cable-TV customers in the Philadelphia area should be considered a damaged class in a lawsuit that seeks $875 million from the cable giant and has been wending its tortuous way through the federal courts for almost a decade. The antitrust suit, filed in 2003, claims that Comcast clustered cable systems in Philadelphia through a series of swaps with other cable companies in the late 1990s, enabling it to control the market and raise cable prices.
SPORTS
June 4, 2012
More than 2,000 former NFL players have filed lawsuits arguing that the league did not do enough to make players aware of the potential effects of concussions - a charge the NFL has said it would vigorously contest. The suits, more than 70 in all, are being consolidated in Philadelphia under U.S. District Judge Anita Brody. The next steps involve an exchange of filings from the plaintiffs and the league. According to the NFL, Brody has set the following time line for the cases, one that indicates that it will be months, at least, before the substance of the cases can be heard: By June 8, plaintiffs must submit a master administrative complaint.
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | Amy Worden
Judge rejects group's bid to join voter-ID suit HARRISBURG — A Commonweath Court judge has thrown out a petition by a bipartisan group seeking to intervene on behalf of the state in a lawsuit over Pennsylvania's new voter-identification law. In his ruling Tuesday, Judge Robert Simpson said the eight petitioners, among them Rep. Thomas Killion (R., Chester), offered "no proof to support their claims of ‘voter dilution' or potential loss of an equal opportunity to participate in the voting process.
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