May 15, 2015 |
A lawsuit challenging the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office's use of state civil-forfeiture laws will proceed in federal court after a judge rejected calls from city lawyers to throw it out. In an opinion released Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno dismissed the city's arguments, including that it had recently made reforms to one of the most debated parts of the controversial program - the use of "seize and seal" orders to take...
March 30, 2015 |
Lawyers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Philadelphia have nearly doubled their use of the sparingly used prosecutorial discretion to close deportation cases this year, a new study shows. The trend, which grants relief from deportation to a larger pool of undocumented immigrants, won praise from some local immigration lawyers, and concern that it could end abruptly if President Obama's executive actions on immigration are nullified in the hotly contested federal court challenge playing out in Texas.
March 12, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The look was remarkably familiar. Cliff Lee sat in front of his locker stall yesterday afternoon while his teammates took on the Detroit Tigers outside the clubhouse doors. He was in uniform, but in no position to help out. He spoke with an uncertain voice, looked ahead with eyes unsure of what the future held for him in the game he's played, in one way or another, for 3 decades. "It's not a good sign, obviously," Lee said of the same injury that limited him to 13 starts in 2014 returning before he even could begin 2015.
March 5, 2015 |
AFTER TWO preseason training stints in Florida, the Union is back in town and preparing for Saturday's season opener against the Colorado Rapids at PPL Park (4 p.m., 6ABC). There's just one small problem: The game might not happen. Major League Soccer and the players union are locked in contentious negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement. With the first game leaguewide of 2015 set for Friday night - Chicago at Los Angeles (10 p.m., UniMás) - time is running out to get a deal done.
September 27, 2014 |
A multiyear legal battle over development of a 210-acre parcel in Newtown Square, Delaware County, concluded this week as the state Supreme Court ruled that the ambitious project can move forward. BPG Development received approval from Newtown Township in 2008 for Ellis Preserve Town Square - 465,000 square feet of retail space, offices, housing, a hotel, and a community park at Routes 3 and 252. But Claude de Botton, another local property owner and developer, filed suit against BPG Development and the township, claiming plans were not specific enough and were out of step with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
July 2, 2014 |
The U.S. Supreme Court gave the go-ahead Monday to a lawsuit by victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks against the government of Saudi Arabia, alleging it indirectly financed al-Qaeda in the years before the hijackings. The justices declined to hear an appeal by the Saudi government of a lower-court ruling that the lawsuit could go forward. The high court also declined to hear a separate appeal by 9/11 victims of a lower-court decision preventing them from suing dozens of banks and individuals that allegedly provided financial assistance to the hijackers.
May 15, 2014 |
Disciplinary proceedings have begun against four educators charged in the probe of cheating on standardized tests at Cayuga Elementary. Evelyn Cortez, Rita Wyszynski, Jennifer Hughes, and Ary Sloane were summoned Tuesday to Philadelphia School District headquarters. They face criminal charges of felony conspiracy, tampering with public records, forgery, and related crimes. The district could move to fire the four, who are scheduled to appear in court this month. "Conferences were held this morning and decisions regarding disciplinary outcomes will be made as soon as possible," said spokeswoman Raven Hill.
March 2, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA In 2012, Democrat Jose "J.P. " Miranda won 95 percent of the vote in an election that landed him a seat in the state House. Little more than a year later, he was arrested, along with his sister, on corruption charges. On Friday, in a marathon preliminary hearing that pitted the siblings against several former legislative assistants, Miranda's fall from grace continued. Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter ruled that the case against Miranda and Michelle Wilson should proceed to trial.
February 19, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Rest did not heal the soreness in Jonathan Pettibone's right shoulder, so now the Phillies will inject him with cortisone. Pettibone will not throw for five days after the injection and the team hopes its 23-year-old starter can resume a normal program Saturday. There could be a larger problem if the soreness persists. "I know that he was feeling better over the offseason," manager Ryne Sandberg said, "so we'll have to wait and see on that. " Pettibone is important to the Phillies, who are not blessed with a deep stockpile of starting pitching.
November 18, 2013 |
Inside Courtroom II at Camp Justice on the sprawling Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba, eight visitors filed into a glass-protected gallery. It was a little after 9 a.m. on Oct. 22, before the start of a hearing for five men accused of plotting attacks in the United States. Jim Jenca, a 52-year-old married father of two from Levittown, took a seat in the front row. A big ex-Marine with a florid, round face, he couldn't sit still. Restless, he stood up. He put his face close to the glass partition.