August 23, 2016 |
Last week, Russian bombers flew out of Iranian air bases to attack rebel positions in Syria. The State Department pretended not to be surprised. It should be. It should be alarmed. Iran's intensely nationalistic revolutionary regime had never permitted foreign forces to operate from its soil. Until now. The reordering of the Middle East is proceeding apace. Where for 40 years the U.S.-Egypt alliance anchored the region, a Russia-Iran condominium is now dictating events. That's what you get after eight years of U.S. retrenchment and withdrawal.
July 29, 2016 |
AS REPORTERS waited in an interview tent for Doug Pederson to speak to them Wednesday, the Eagles' first-year coach leaned into a practice-field huddle. No one in the huddle wore a uniform. The strategies being discussed weren't in Pederson's playbook. Pederson conferred with Eagles football operations vice president Howie Roseman, team security chief Dom DiSandro, player personnel vice president Joe Douglas and public relations director Derek Boyko. The subject was linebacker Nigel Bradham's arrest this week for aggravated battery in Miami, but there was a subtext.
July 9, 2016 |
A judge Thursday shot down Bill Cosby's latest attempt to have his sexual-assault case dismissed, ruling the case could move forward without pretrial testimony from accuser Andrea Constand. In explaining his ruling from the bench, Montgomery County Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill described "as perfectly proper" the decision by prosecutors not to call Constand as a witness at the May hearing in which the 78-year-old entertainer was ordered to stand trial. Instead, they relied on the statement Constand gave to police when she first reported her alleged assault 11 years ago. "The commonwealth does not have to present live evidence at preliminary hearings," the judge said.
June 6, 2016 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. With all eyes focused on the rising real estate fortunes of Philadelphia, what's going on 25 miles away is sometimes ignored, except by the people who live in what many these days call "the reemerging boroughs. " One of these is Souderton, a Montgomery County community off Route 309 that during a couple of recent visits was a hub of activity, now that work has resumed around the train station at Broad and Main Streets.
April 27, 2016
Civil rights claims against two Philadelphia police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown in 2014 were cleared to proceed Monday, despite a federal judge tossing several counts alleged in a lawsuit filed by his family. In a 20-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell denied a request from Tate-Brown's mother to turn her case into a class-action lawsuit - a move that would have opened the door for others who say they were subjected to excessive police force join in the civil action.
March 25, 2016 |
A federal judge this week ruled that five women who claim they were harmed by Essure sterilization coils can go ahead with their lawsuit against coil-maker Bayer Healthcare. Bayer, which is facing a barrage of lawsuits across the country, had asked that the case be dismissed because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002 gave premarketing approval to Essure, a status that shields devices from product liability litigation in state courts. While U.S. District Judge John R. Padova in Philadelphia rejected most of the women's claims against Bayer, he concluded that two were reasonable and should not be dismissed: that the company used misleading advertising and that it failed to warn about Essure's risks.
March 24, 2016 |
The judicial tribunal weighing the fate of former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin abruptly froze his case Tuesday, a move that experts said suggested the case could end without a trial. Last week, the government lawyers who in December brought the misconduct case against Eakin over his exchange of offensive emails asked the Court of Judicial Discipline for permission to drop the most serious charge against him: bringing the Supreme Court "into disrepute. " The lawyers did so two days after Eakin, 67, a Republican who was first elected to the high court in 2001, resigned, becoming the second justice to quit the court because of the Porngate scandal.
March 11, 2016
A federal judge has allowed Philadelphia taxi companies' unfair-competition lawsuit against Uber to move forward. U.S. District Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro denied Uber's motion to dismiss the cab companies' false-representation claim filed by Checker Cab Philadelphia. The judge dismissed the plaintiffs' false-advertising claim and contention that Uber violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. She also dismissed a claim that Google, as an investor in Uber, conspired with the ride-sharing company.
March 1, 2016 |
The U.S. Supreme Court recently took the unprecedented step of issuing a stay of President Obama's massive Clean Power Plan. The court ruled that states should not be compelled to assume the exorbitant costs imposed by the plan until a federal court determines its legality. The ruling produced a huge sigh of relief from the 27 states currently suing to halt a large-scale transformation of their energy grid through one of the most far-reaching regulations ever imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
February 21, 2016 |
Montgomery County prosecutors urged Superior Court on Friday to reject Bill Cosby's bid to halt his trial on sex assault charges. In court filings, District Attorney Kevin Steele argued that Cosby's attempt to appeal a lower-court ruling was premature, and based on an issue more appropriately argued after a trial and verdict. He also said it appeared to be part of a defense strategy designed to slow the criminal justice process for the 78-year-old entertainer. "Remarkably, he has not even had a preliminary hearing, thanks to inventive lawyering that apparently seems intent on keeping his case from a jury for as long as possible," prosecutors wrote.