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March 4, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
IN A BID to undo last month's devastating state Supreme Court ruling that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission has no power to suspend parts of the state school code, the SRC has asked the court to reconsider its decision. The SRC said in documents filed with the court Monday that the decision "invalidated an essential tool provided by the legislature to address the School District of Philadelphia's ongoing financial and educational crisis at a time when the district is struggling to carry out its constitutional obligation to provide a thorough and efficient education" to city public school students.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2016 | By Dawn Fallik, For The Inquirer
Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) was spending a busy but fairly routine (politically speaking) Valentine's Day weekend in Las Vegas and Reno, campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Then, on the Saturday, all hell broke loose. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, and the New York Times almost instantly put out a short list for potential nominations for his replacement. Booker - Yale Law grad, Rhodes scholar, former Newark mayor - was on it. The junior senator's schedule was already filled with press interviews promoting his new book, United . (He appears at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Free Library.)
NEWS
March 2, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Gov. Christie, back in the national spotlight with his endorsement of Donald Trump, held a news conference here Monday on a different topic: a nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court. In calling on New Jersey Democrats to confirm Judge David Bauman of Monmouth County and fill the last seat on the seven-member court, Christie said Republicans should hold hearings on a U.S. Supreme Court nomination by President Obama - a stark contrast with the position taken by party leaders in Washington.
NEWS
March 2, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Jonathan Tamari, STAFF WRITERS
WASHINGTON - When he was Philadelphia's district attorney, Ronald D. Castille signed off on a decision that would land Terrance Williams on death row for the 1984 beating death of a Germantown church deacon. Now, a role that Castille later played in the case as chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could prove key in efforts to fend off Williams' execution. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether Castille, the prosecutor who approved pursuing the death penalty against Williams, should have recused himself when the case came before the state's top court for appeal.
NEWS
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
February 28, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Saying the reputation and independence of Pennsylvania's appeals courts are at stake, three former governors on Friday urged state legislators to pass a bill that would end the partisan election of judges on the state's three appeals courts. The former governors - Tom Ridge, Mark Schweiker, and Ed Rendell - spoke for about 30 minutes in a statewide conference call to reporters, saying scandals involving justices on the state Supreme Court and the record $16 million donated to candidates running in last year's Supreme Court election underlined the need for change.
NEWS
February 27, 2016
By Gary Frisch Senate Republicans have declared that they will not hold hearings on any nomination to the Supreme Court by President Obama. Fine, then let's dock their pay. Because if they fail to do a part of the job they've been elected to do, then they shouldn't be compensated. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) appears to be the flag-bearer of this absurd, petty movement, arguing that Americans should have a voice, via the coming presidential election, in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice.
NEWS
February 27, 2016
Pennsylvania's all too cozy and conspiratorial approach to policing its judiciary made Thursday's rejection of a deal with a suspended Supreme Court justice a "total shock," in the words of his lawyer - and a welcome one. Despite repeated signals that ethics charges stemming from J. Michael Eakin's bigoted and profane emails would end in yet another backroom bargain, a panel of the Court of Judicial Discipline insisted on the public airing for which...
NEWS
February 26, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
Embattled Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin faces a hastily called hearing Thursday that experts say points to a likely deal on charges that he violated judicial ethics rules through his involvement in the pornographic emails scandal. The potentially critical hearing before the full Court of Judicial Discipline comes as the state Judicial Conduct Board, the court's investigatory arm, made public documents that raised further questions about its first attempt to investigate Eakin.
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