April 20, 2000 |
The state Supreme Court has barred a Montgomery County judge from hearing the custody dispute involving a mother who fled the country with her two children and the millionaire father who searched the world to bring them home. The high court issued the order last week in response to a petition filed on behalf of the mother, Ellen Dever, by her attorneys, Richard A. Sprague and William H. Lamb. The justices, who did not state a reason for removing Judge Rhonda Lee Daniele, also barred any other Montgomery County judges from the case.
May 16, 2007
Nominating two in each party. Democratic Bucks 47 3,419 10,997 5,130 5,641 Chester 61 1,538 4,707 4,273 3,754 Delaware 95 4,854 13,023 10,581 8,116 Montgomery 51 4,012 11,736 9,612 5,844 Philadelphia 96 58,157 118,865 50,755 89,937 Statewide 75 171,818 337,966 365,525 201,892 ...
December 5, 2013
A MASSACHUSETTS law that says that "no person" may enter or remain in the 35-foot buffer zones established outside abortion clinics in the state has set off a controversial legal battle about the proper balance between the rights of speakers and the rights of those who must listen to them. Although several federal courts have upheld the law over the past few years, the Supreme Court has now agreed to review it. The high court should uphold it as well. The petitioners, including a grandmother in her 70s who stands outside abortion clinics hoping to talk to women on their way in, claim that the law is an impermissible infringement on their right to express their opinion.
March 30, 1993 |
More than a week has passed since it was learned there would be an imminent opening on the U.S. Supreme Court, and America's best-known judge has yet to hear from America's best-known saxophone player. "I'm not a confidant of the president, even though I did go to the inauguration," said Joseph A. Wapner, who presides over TV's "The People's Court. " "I don't know him. I've never met him. I don't know how he thinks about the Supreme Court. I'm hopeful about his appointment, but I don't know any more than you. " So, the question begs, why not Wapner?
May 4, 1987
While breaches of ethics and conflicts of interest have seemed endemic to the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, the Supreme Court normally manages to steer clear of such tawdry behavior. Its members stay out of the public eye and conduct their deliberations behind closed doors. They go so far as to avoid giving speeches to partisans of one side of an issue that may come before the court. Whatever the justices' politics when they took the bench, whatever their written opinions, the court as institution has managed to retain the image of a neutral island in a partisan sea. That's why it's so hard to absorb how Justice Sandra Day O'Connor could have contemplated giving a special private briefing at the Supreme Court to big donors to the Republican Party.
February 2, 2002 |
HUMAN CLONING and hate crimes would seem to have little in common. But in a series of shortsighted decisions on the constitutional limits of congressional power, the U.S. Supreme Court has managed to make it harder to ban cloning as well as hate crimes. This will no doubt come as a surprise to opponents of abortion, who oppose cloning on a moral basis and are eager to outlaw it. Since the New Deal, Congress has been free to regulate any activity that had substantial effects on interstate commerce.
July 11, 1991 |
The retirement of Justice Thurgood Marshall and the nomination of U.S. Appeals Judge Clarence Thomas does no more than mark the end of a transition that began with the appointment of Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1969. But we should not for that reason expect a court that is monolithic, predictable and even illiberal - in the historic sense of the word. What can we expect from the next Supreme Court? It is likely that the disputes will center on the structure of government and the limits of its power to control individual and group choice.
June 28, 2009 |
In the legal equivalent of running up the score, the NFL is going to the Supreme Court in search of a bigger victory in an antitrust tussle over team merchandise than it already won from a lower court. The Supreme Court could decide as early as tomorrow whether it will hear the case, which involves American Needle Inc.'s challenge to the league's exclusive contract for selling headwear such as caps and hats with team logos on them. American Needle of Buffalo Grove, Ill., also is urging the high court to review.
February 24, 2009 |
The Supreme Court yesterday asked the U.S. Solicitor General's office to weigh in on whether a huge lawsuit against the government of Saudi Arabia charging that it was a source of terrorist financing before the 9/11 attacks should move forward. The decision could breathe life into a long-running lawsuit alleging that Saudi government-backed charities financed al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. The Supreme Court is weighing whether to accept an appeal filed by the Cozen O'Connor law firm of a lower court finding that Saudi Arabia could not be sued under U.S. law. The Solicitor General's office functions effectively as the United States' lawyer before the Supreme Court and its views likely will figure prominently in the Supreme Court's deliberations.
May 10, 1993
The state Supreme Court is an embarrassment to every Pennsylvanian. The bizarre charges and counter-charges - mostly swirling around Justice Rolf Larsen (who could be the next chief justice!) - have made it a national joke. The investigation under way could help revive the court. You too can help. A vacancy on the court will be filled this year. In the May 18 primary election, nine candidates are running - seven Democrats and two Republicans. If you're a registered Republican, it's a simple one-on-one contest - former Philadelphia District Attorney Ron Castille or Superior Court Judge Zoran Popovich of Lewisburg.