When Ron Castille Called Seamus McCaffery a “Sociopath”

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Ron Castille and Seamus McCaffery don’t much like each other. Anybody who has paid attention to rivalries on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in recent years knows that.

But McCaffery’s Monday suspension from the court over the “Porngate” scandal was accompanied Monday by a jeremiad from Castille, the court’s chief justice, that displayed a level of enmity rarely seen in American public life anymore.

Here are five of the most dramatic statements from Castille’s Monday concurring statement, which mostly agrees with the order to suspend McCaffery from his duties while the Judicial Conduct Board investigates:
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Airbender Movie Given Pa. Tax Credits for California Work

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M. Night Shyamalan is a hometown boy: He has long favored shooting his movies in and around Philadelphia. The problem for his 2010 flick, The Last Airbender, is that it was an effects-driven film that would be conjured largely inside a computer — and the kinds of computers that do that work are largely in California.

No problem for Shyamalan, nor for his studio Paramount Pictures. The physical movie was shot here, the visual effects were produced in San Francisco — and the movie claimed a Pennsylvania credit for the work done in California.
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McCaffery Temporarily Relieved of Duties

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery has been relieved of his duties while the Judicial Conduct Board conducts a fast-track investigation into his involvement in the so-called Porngate scandal in Harrisburg.

McCaffery will be paid during his time away from the court.

The order goes beyond the circumstances of Porngate, however, as the order from the Supreme Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania suggests several matters in which McCaffery’s conduct will be investigated:
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Another Member of “Main Line Takeover Project” Admits Guilt

main-line-drug-bust-mugshot-john-rosemann-400A member of the alleged preppie drug ring that made headlines last spring has pleaded to misdemeanor charges in the case, the Delco Daily Times reports. John Cole Rosemann, 21, of Weston, Connecticut, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of receipt in commerce of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia while he was a student at Lafayette College.

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Officials Prepare for Oil Train Fire

Railroad crews work on one of five derailed tank cars on a bridge over the Schuylkill River, January in Philadelphia. The accident Monday followed a series of derailments involving Bakken Shale crude from North Dakota including one that exploded in Canada, killing 47 people. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Railroad crews work on one of five derailed tank cars on a bridge over the Schuylkill River, January in Philadelphia. The accident followed a series of derailments involving Bakken Shale crude from North Dakota including one that exploded in Canada, killing 47 people. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia emergency officials are preparing for a fiery oil train disaster, NBC Philadelphia reports.

An oil train derailment on the Schuylkill River bridge earlier this year spurred local authorities into action, including a recent training exercise that included seven government agencies, CSX railroad, and the South Philly refinery.

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