Former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Michael Lowry has never been convicted of fixing traffic tickets. Yet, he will have to spend the next 20 months in federal prison for telling a grand jury that he granted no special favors to anyone in his own courtroom.
State Rep. Kevin Boyle on Dec. 5 reintroduced legislation to strengthen the state’s hate crimes law. Boyle’s bill would expand the offense of ethnic intimidation to include malicious intention against the actual or perceived ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity of an individual or group of individuals.
Former District Attorney Lynne Abraham, a Democratic candidate for mayor, last week delivered a letter to City Council President Darrell Clarke, calling for a public hearing on a possible sale of Philadelphia Gas Works.
Lawyers for Monsignor William Lynn and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office on Tuesday argued their cases for and against reinstatement of the cleric’s historic 2012 child endangerment conviction before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Harrisburg.
Seamus McCaffery, of Bustleton, resigned on Monday from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after being suspended for forwarding sexually explicit emails from a personal account to others, including employees of the state attorney general’s office.
The state’s Superior Court was justified in reversing Monsignor William Lynn’s historic child endangerment conviction, the cleric’s lawyers argued in a brief filed last week with the state Supreme Court.
The Philadelphia Fire Department gained a new commissioner on June 14, one day following the retirement of the often-controversial Lloyd Ayers, who served 40 years as a firefighter, including the last decade as commissioner. Mayor Michael Nutter named Derrick Sawyer as Ayers’ successor last month.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to look at two legal issues key to the case of Monsignor William Lynn, the former archdiocesan administrator whose child endangerment conviction was reversed on appeal last year.
City Councilman Bobby Henon has pledged to cover the cost of the initial phase of the community’s appeal seeking to bar a methadone clinic from opening on the Frankford Avenue commercial corridor, asking that they “send me a bill.”
State Rep. Thomas Murt announced plans to sponsor legislation that will address underage drinking. His bill will allow police to administer a breath test to a minor before an arrest to determine if he or she has consumed alcohol.