Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery has retired from the Court, reports the Legal Intelligencer. This follows an earlier report by the Daily News‘ Chris Brennan anticipating the move. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court immediately called off a Judicial Conduct Board investigation of McCaffery’s activities, calling it “moot.”
The JCB issued a statement (see below) saying it was dismissing its investigations into McCaffery — including efforts that had been ongoing for “several months.” Read more »
Recent scandals involving the Pennsylvania judiciary have some observers wondering if it’s time to end the practice of electing the state’s top justices.
The “Porngate” scandal that resulted in Justice Seamus McCaffery’s suspensionexpected retirement followed the earlier conviction of Justice Joan Orie Melvin on charges she used public workers to campaign on the public’s dime. Read more »
The Financial Times has an in-depth look today at Comcast’s attempt to merge with Time Warner Cable that includes this unexpected tidbit: Before Amazon’s Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post last year, the Philly-based cable company was given a chance to buy. Read more »
Horrifying: A mother threw her baby into the ocean over the weekend. Gratifying: The baby was saved by a retired firefighter fishing nearby.
The Press of Atlantic City reports the mother, 23-year-old Patricia Shurig, has been charged with aggravated assault following Sunday afternoon’s incident. She’s being held on $100,000 bail. Read more »
A nurse who recently returned from West Africa and was quarantined for the past three days in a tent behind a New Jersey hospital despite having no symptoms associated with Ebola will be allowed to return home to serve out the rest of her mandatory quarantine.
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, in a brief interview, said that he expected her to be transferred Monday morning after doctors and federal officials signed off on the plan.
“She didn’t want to be there. She made that clear from the beginning,” Mr. Christie said.
“It’s always been about her condition. And if her condition permits release, then we will work with the state officials in Maine to make sure she could go home,” he said. “Our preference always is to quarantine people in their homes.”
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Chris Christie is coming under fire for quarantining a nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus; but the New Jersey governor is defending his approach to keeping state residents safe.
The policy goes beyond what federal health officials recommend, quarantining any person who has had contact with Ebola patients for up to 21 days, the incubation period of the virus. (The CDC recommends monitoring such people and keeping them off public transit for 21 days.) New York had also imposed a similar policy, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo backed down Sunday night, saying such individuals could spend the 21 days at home. Read more »
Philanthropist H.G. “Gerry” Lenfest speaks at a news conference after a closed-door auction to buy the The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. Photo | AP, Matt Rourke
And in the 2014 Pennsylvania governor’s race, the Philadelphia Inquirer endorses … nobody. Absolutely nobody.
Coverage of Chaput’s speech to an audience of Catholic conservatives ” made it sound like the Archbishop was critical of the Vatican and the Holy Father and that’s just not the case,” said Kenneth Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese. Read more »