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
April 17, 2010 |
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.
February 12, 2014 |
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.
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.
June 27, 1997 |
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.
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.
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.
April 27, 2016 |
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.
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.
April 9, 2014 |
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.