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February 29, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURT GOP owes it to citizens to fill bench The Republicans are denying citizens a cornerstone of our three branches of government. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate Judiciary Committee will not consider any nominations to the Supreme Court ("A firm 'no' on court nominee," Wednesday). This refusal to fulfill our right to a complete court was never an intent of our Founding Fathers. Shame on you, McConnell. |Gail Scoufield, Philadelphia
NEWS
April 17, 2010 | By James Osborne INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Christie's nominee to head the state Department of Children and Families withdrew from consideration for the post on Friday. In a letter to the governor, Janet Rosenzweig said the confirmation process was "distracting from the important work of this department. " She did not offer further explanation. Last month, Rosenzweig faced tough questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, in particular about her past work for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
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February 12, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
LAWMAKERS and law enforcers joined forces in Philadelphia yesterday to protest President Obama's nomination of Debo Adegbile - a lawyer who once supervised the defense of notorious cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal - to head the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. "I don't believe he's an appropriate choice for this role," Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said at a morning news conference at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5's headquarters in the Far Northeast. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Bucks, agreed: "When the president nominated Debo Adegbile to head up a very important role in the Justice Department, to head up all civil rights, he made a mistake.
NEWS
July 5, 1986
I must take issue with Hugh Scott's defense of Sen. Arlen Specter's votes in the Sessions case. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Specter could have voted to kill once and for all the nomination of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions 3d - an Alabaman with a long record of racial insensitivity - to the federal bench. Instead, he voted to keep the nomination alive by sending it to the Senate floor. (Because that vote tied, the nomination died.) This is not the first time Mr. Specter has tried to have it both ways, by casting a highly publicized vote in committee against a civil rights foe, then quietly switching positions to get the nomination to the floor.
NEWS
June 27, 1997 | By Dwight Ott, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lee A. Solomon was confirmed yesterday as permanent Camden County prosecutor, ending a year-long wait as a result of political wrangling. Solomon was confirmed by the state Senate after his name was recommended by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The approval means that Solomon will serve a set term of five years, and will no longer serve merely at the discretion of the governor as he has for the last year. The confirmation entrenches Republican Solomon as head of the top law enforcement agency in a county dominated by one of the most powerful Democratic political organizations in New Jersey - the Camden County Democratic Party.
NEWS
July 7, 2016
ISSUE | SEXUAL ABUSE Senate's cowardice It is horrifying that Pennsylvania's Senate Judiciary Committee lacked the courage and wisdom to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to seek justice retroactively ("Pa. panel dials back sex-abuse measure," June 29) and that the Senate passed an amended bill 49-0 on Thursday. There must be room for the provision to be found constitutional given that Sen. John Rafferty Jr. of Delaware County, who is running for state attorney general, had no issues with it. And the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and several high-level prosecutors have supported retroactivity for years.
NEWS
March 20, 2016
John Yoo is a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, a former general counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a former Justice Department official. He is coeditor of "Liberty's Nemesis: The Unchecked Expansion of the State" Last week's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court signals President Obama's willingness to compromise, but it comes far too late to induce a sudden state of happy cooperation. It should not change the political calculus of the Republican majority to keep Justice Antonin Scalia's seat open until the November elections.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - The state Senate on Monday confirmed Walter Timpone as a justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, resolving a political standoff that had lasted for most of Gov. Christie's tenure. The Senate voted 33-1, a sign of bipartisanship that stood in stark contrast to the contentious and at times ugly yearslong fight between Christie, a Republican, and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) over the ideological composition of the court. With the appointment of Timpone, a Democrat, each justice on the seven-member court has now been confirmed by the Senate, as envisioned by the state constitution.
NEWS
June 24, 2016
ISSUE | SEXUAL ABUSE Greenleaf's conflict Thank you for your editorial exposing certain members of the Pennsylvania Senate for the sham Judiciary Committee hearing on a bill that would give abuse victims more time to file criminal and civil claims, a conflict of interest, and the consequent lack of integrity ("Poor excuse to ignore abuse," Monday). It seems that Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Montgomery) has a distinct conflict - his law firm represented a religious order in Delaware that was sued by abuse victims.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
SOON ENOUGH, people involved in a labor dispute will no longer be allowed to stalk, harass or threaten another person in the dispute with weapons of mass destruction. Currently, under the Pennsylvania crime code, such activities are permitted. House Bill 1154, sponsored by state Rep. Ron Miller, R-York, will remove the special carve-out for those involved in a labor dispute. It passed the House last month. Yesterday, a slightly amended version unanimously passed the Senate, 48-0.
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NEWS
July 13, 2016 | By Colt Shaw, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - A contentious bill that would place new restrictions on abortions in Pennsylvania passed a key Senate committee along strict partisan lines Monday, despite a threatened veto from Gov. Wolf. The measure, approved in a 9-5 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in medical emergencies, instead of 24 weeks under current law. It would also sharply curtail a procedure called dilation and evacuation that is often used in the second trimester of pregnancy.
NEWS
July 7, 2016
ISSUE | SEXUAL ABUSE Senate's cowardice It is horrifying that Pennsylvania's Senate Judiciary Committee lacked the courage and wisdom to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to seek justice retroactively ("Pa. panel dials back sex-abuse measure," June 29) and that the Senate passed an amended bill 49-0 on Thursday. There must be room for the provision to be found constitutional given that Sen. John Rafferty Jr. of Delaware County, who is running for state attorney general, had no issues with it. And the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and several high-level prosecutors have supported retroactivity for years.
NEWS
June 24, 2016
ISSUE | SEXUAL ABUSE Greenleaf's conflict Thank you for your editorial exposing certain members of the Pennsylvania Senate for the sham Judiciary Committee hearing on a bill that would give abuse victims more time to file criminal and civil claims, a conflict of interest, and the consequent lack of integrity ("Poor excuse to ignore abuse," Monday). It seems that Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Montgomery) has a distinct conflict - his law firm represented a religious order in Delaware that was sued by abuse victims.
NEWS
June 15, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - Four lawyers, including the top aide to the Pennsylvania attorney general, told a state Senate panel Monday that a bill to let child sex-abuse victims sue for decades-old attacks would violate the state's constitution and ultimately fail if challenged in the courts. "However righteous the policy goals behind [the bill], the General Assembly in its zeal cannot overrule a state constitutional right," said Bruce L. Castor Jr., the former Montgomery County prosecutor who was appointed solicitor general this year by Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.
NEWS
May 18, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has called all Catholic priests from Southeastern Pennsylvania to meetings Tuesday to discuss proposed state legislation, as lawmakers in Harrisburg this week consider a bill that for the first time would allow some victims of child sex abuse to sue their attackers and the institutions that employed them. The priests have been asked to attend one of two meetings, at 2 and 7 p.m., at St. Helena Church in Blue Bell, Montgomery County, according to a person with knowledge of the event.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Rep. Thomas Caltagirone was disgusted. The veteran Democrat from Reading had been one of the Catholic Church's staunchest political allies for years, but by March he had hit a breaking point. A state grand jury had exposed clergy sex abuse in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese and a bishop who used an internal payment chart to dole out money, correlating to the degree of the victim's abuse. This, after Jerry Sandusky and two damning grand jury reports in a decade about predator priests in Philadelphia.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - A three-judge appeals panel on Monday delivered a setback to a state election watchdog's efforts to pursue campaign-finance violations against a North Jersey Democratic power broker accused of misusing thousands of dollars. The Election Law Enforcement Commission had filed a complaint alleging that Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo used funds raised during his 2010 campaign for such things as a gym membership, paying a parking ticket, a television, and a trip to Puerto Rico.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - The state Senate on Monday confirmed Walter Timpone as a justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, resolving a political standoff that had lasted for most of Gov. Christie's tenure. The Senate voted 33-1, a sign of bipartisanship that stood in stark contrast to the contentious and at times ugly yearslong fight between Christie, a Republican, and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) over the ideological composition of the court. With the appointment of Timpone, a Democrat, each justice on the seven-member court has now been confirmed by the Senate, as envisioned by the state constitution.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) met with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland for an hour Tuesday, but afterward said he was more convinced that the next president - not President Obama - should fill the high court vacancy. Toomey called Garland "impressive" and "likable," but stuck to his argument that Obama should not be able to change the balance of the Supreme Court "for perhaps a generation" when a new president will be chosen in November. And Toomey questioned whether Garland would sufficiently rein in what he sees as executive overreach, particularly when it comes to environmental regulations that he said were hampering agriculture, the coal and natural gas industries, and other businesses in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
March 28, 2016
Chris Coons is a Democratic U.S. senator from Delaware More than a month after the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, most Senate Republicans have doubled down on their refusal to hold hearings, take a vote, or even meet with Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy on our nation's highest court. Garland - chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit - is a respected and seasoned jurist, and the Constitution requires the Senate to provide "advice and consent" on judicial nominees.
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