January 4, 2004
Last week, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft finally bestirred himself to do a proper thing. He recused himself personally from involvement in an investigation of whether Bush administration officials leaked the name of a CIA agent to a syndicated columnist. Any leak would violate a federal law meant to protect American covert operatives. The Robert Novak column was part of a conservative effort to discredit the agent's husband, Joseph Wilson, a former ambassador who had exposed as dubious the administration's key claim about Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons program.
January 26, 1995 |
Twice in one week, Kevin Hopkins Smith, a candidate for county commissioner and a county hearing officer for trash-related disputes, was asked to recuse himself from hearing a case. The first time he said he would; the second time he refused. On Monday, as a hearing involving Galante Hauling Inc. of Glenmoore was about to start, Galante's attorney, George J. D'Ambrosio, asked Smith to step down, citing the appearance of a conflict of interest. D'Ambrosio acknowledged that there were no specific canons of ethics that apply to hearing officers.
February 3, 2012
Gov. Christie denies any hypocrisy in his nomination of a gay lawyer to the New Jersey Supreme Court, but he hasn't been very persuasive. The nomination of Chatham Mayor Bruce Harris to the state's highest court was unexpected given Christie's opposition to legislation that would make gay marriage legal in New Jersey. Christie's motives became even murkier Monday when he announced that if Harris is confirmed by the state Senate, he would recuse himself from any cases involving gay marriage.
August 18, 2009 |
The trial of William J. Barnes, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a police officer who died 41 years after he was shot and paralyzed, could now be delayed until 2011 following a request made yesterday by his new defense team. Samuel Silver, of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, yesterday asked Common Pleas Judge Shelley Robins New to recuse herself from the case, saying that her name appeared on a 1977 state Superior Court decision in the Barnes case. New was then a prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office.
March 1, 2013 |
MUNICIPAL JUDGE Patrick Dugan brushed aside video evidence when he acquitted ex-cop Jonathan Josey on Tuesday of assaulting a woman last September. Does it matter that he's married to a cop? A chorus of criticism swelled Wednesday after word spread that Dugan is married to Philadelphia Police Officer Nancy Farrell Dugan, who has been on the force since 1997, city payroll records show. She also attended Josey's Feb. 12 nonjury trial, sources said. Josey was fired from the police force and charged with simple assault for throwing a punch that knocked down and injured Aida Guzman, 40. Josey testified that he thought she had thrown water on him and that he swung to knock a beer bottle from her hand at 5th Street and Lehigh Avenue during revelry following the city's annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sept.
November 15, 2011 |
The state Attorney General's office has asked a judge to reverse his decision to suppress evidence in a drunk driving case against state Rep. Cherelle Parker and then recuse himself because he and Parker are Facebook friends. Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Charles Hayden tossed the evidence earlier this month, calling into question the credibility of the arresting officers and their explanation for why they stopped Parker. Without the evidence, the case would have to be dropped.
October 25, 2000 |
A local judge will not be forced to withdraw from the case of a Downingtown man accused of killing his wife in February. In an order filed Monday in Chester County Court, Senior Judge John E. Backenstoe of Lehigh County Court, who had been appointed to hear the arguments, denied a defense attorney's motion requesting that James P. MacElree recuse himself in the case of Joseph Wallace 3rd. MacElree and attorneys on both sides were not available...
October 22, 1999 |
The long-awaited, frequently delayed Civil Service Commission hearing that pits former Police Chief Kenneth Veit against the Borough of North Wales began Wednesday night with three Civil Service commissioners presiding. It ended with only two. Carol Sweeney, of the Lansdale law firm of Kerns, Onorato & Associates, fired the opening shots of the evening by offering two motions. She first argued that Veit had been denied due process because he was not afforded a hearing before his termination and demanded his immediate reinstatement.
October 9, 1997 |
A Chester County judge yesterday refused to recuse himself in the case against two men charged in a June 1 double homicide. Defense attorneys for Gary L. Brown, 24, of West Chester, and Daryl Glasco, 23, of Coatesville, last week asked Judge James P. MacElree 2d to take himself off the case because he signed a search warrant for Brown's apartment in the 600 block of East Union Street in West Chester. The men are charged with the fatal shootings of Ty D. Sacksith, 23, of Coatesville, and Saysana "Sayse" Laomoi, 16, of West Chester.
August 27, 2009
Common Pleas Judge Shelley Robins New did recuse herself from a case involving William J. Barnes. An editorial yesterday incorrectly said the judge had declined to recuse herself.