March 17, 2016 |
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin has resigned his seat on the state's highest court, months after being charged with judicial ethics lapses for his involvement in a pornographic email scandal. He is the second top jurist to step down amid revelations that prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officials for years exchanged pornographic and otherwise offensive emails, often using state computers. "We have lost one of the finest jurists on the court," Eakin's lawyer, William Costopoulos, said at a news conference Tuesday.
March 16, 2016
ISSUE | WOUNDED WARRIORS Directors also should resign The board of directors of the Wounded Warriors Project acted properly in firing chief executive officer Steve Nardizzi and chief operating officer Al Giordano following reports that the two had spent lavishly on non-charitable purposes ("Wounded Warrior founder offers to return," Saturday). The members of the board should have then submitted their resignations for the lapse in their fiduciary duty to properly supervise the two executives.
February 17, 2016 |
The city's director of human resources has resigned amid a revamping of the department by Mayor Kenney, which the chair of the city's Civil Service Commission said had caused "bad blood" between the administration and the department. Albert D'Attilio submitted a letter of resignation last week. In an email to The Inquirer, D'Attilio said his leaving was unrelated to changes at the office. But Civil Service Chair Doris A. Smith said frustrations in the human resources department had mounted as the administration worked around D'Attilio, often leaving him out of critical meetings and conversations.
February 12, 2016 |
With the Union practicing in Clearwater, Fla., as they prepare for the March 6 Major League Soccer opener at FC Dallas, a lot is going on both on and off the field. The team announced Wednesday that it has signed forward C.J. Sapong to a three-year contract. Sapong, who led the Union with nine goals last season in his first year with the team, had been signed through 2016. Essentially, as a team spokesman explained, the old contract was torn up, and this is a new three-year deal.
February 4, 2016 |
THE KNEE-JERK reaction is to say Vinny Curry wouldn't have gotten his new five-year, $47.25 million contract had the Eagles remained a 3-4 defensive team, under Chip Kelly. But deposed defensive coordinator Bill Davis constantly talked up Curry's ability to get pass-rush pressure during the 2015 season, even though Curry's sack numbers fell from nine in 2014 to 3 1/2. Davis and other Eagles coaches felt Curry was a consistent force in pushing the pocket. To be a starter, though, a 3-4 end has to be a run-stopper, and that isn't Curry's game.
January 22, 2016 |
There was speculation after the 2015 Major League Soccer season that Union midfielder Brian Carroll might delve into coaching. While that could be a future possibility, the 34-year-old Carroll has decided that he still has much to offer as a player. On Wednesday, Carroll and the Union agreed to a deal for the 2016 season. Among the most respected players in franchise history, Carroll joined the Union in their second year and helped the team earn its lone playoff berth that season in 2011.
December 24, 2015
TURKEY Talks with Israel aim to renew ties Five years after they angrily broke off diplomatic ties, Israel and Turkey are negotiating a return to normalized relations as the region around them explodes in violence. The Obama administration is eager for the rapprochement, which it sees as a buffer against each nation's growing isolation. Both are critical regional allies for Washington, which relies on Turkey as a key part of the coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
December 18, 2015 |
ULTIMATELY, IT'S up to the Eagles whether Sam Bradford plays here next season, the outcome Chip Kelly indicated he expects. They can franchise their quarterback for 2016, at $20 million or so, if it comes to that. They'd surely prefer that it not come to that, since a longer-term contract could be amortized against the salary cap. If they don't want to pay $20 million, they can let him become a free agent and start over, in Kelly's fourth year. Talks toward a longer deal for Bradford didn't go anywhere in the preseason, and Wednesday, in Bradford's first media availability since Kelly spoke on Monday about wanting him here going forward, Bradford didn't profess any burning desire to stay.
December 18, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - After contending that his client was targeted in an anticorruption sting because she is African American, a defense lawyer dropped that allegation Wednesday and negotiated a plea deal for State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop in which she agreed to immediately resign from the legislature. A. Charles Peruto Jr. said that after reviewing evidence assembled by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, he concluded that his charge of racial bias "has no viability. " He also said he had reviewed the likely testimony of five key witnesses, including the sting's undercover operative and two top aides to state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, and realized that "none of them were going to be able to back up my claim of racial targeting.
December 9, 2015 |
From a "joke" about a battered woman to newly revealed verbal leering at public employees, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin's emails to fellow judges and attorneys are repugnant enough. His increasingly brazen attempts to rig the investigation of these transgressions only compound them. Having proven himself unfit to judge the state's citizens, much less supervise other judges as a member of the nation's oldest appellate court, Eakin should resign. That Eakin received many offensive emails and sent a few has been known for months.