Sandusky Judge Gets McCaffery Case Against Inky

Law360 reports: “McKean County Court of Common Pleas Judge John M. Cleland was appointed Wednesday to preside over a libel suit brought by state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery and his wife, five days after the co-owners of Philadelphia’s two major newspapers won a bid to recuse the entire Philadelphia bench.”

Cleland is apparently the go-to guy for mass recusals in Pennsylvania: He served as judge in the Jerry Sandusky case after every judge in Centre County was recused over their connections to Sandusky, Penn State, or the Second Mile charity that Sandusky ran.

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Want to Be Governor of Pennsylvania? Steal This Idea from Alaska.

AP Photo | Ron Sachs

AP Photo | Ron Sachs

Hey Allyson Schwartz, if you want to break through and guarantee that you win the Democratic nomination to run for governor, have I got an idea for you. It’s loosely based on the philosophy of Sarah Palin, but don’t let that stop you.

You ready? Here goes. Pennsylvania is sitting on a mother lode of cash, right? The natural gas in the Marcellus Shale reserve is worth at least $2 trillion dollars.

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Police: Students Posed Nude With Nittany Lion

The Centre Daily Times reports that a trio of Penn State students is in trouble for posing nude with the Nittany Lion shrine. “Police said they were called to the shrine around 1 a.m. after a report from an employee at Rec Hall who looked out a window of the building and saw three people who appeared to be naked.” The trio was dressed by the time police arrived, but they will be referred to the university’s student conduct office.

In Abandoned Sting Operation, Liquor Privatization Was Bait

Here’s a question about the abandoned sting that has Kathleen Kane in so much trouble these days: How close did it come to criminalizing normal political activity?

It’s a question that first started to lurk in our minds when the story first broke, with lurid tales of Democrats being given cash and gifts to vote against Voter ID laws they never, ever would’ve supported anyway. And the question grows stronger with today’s news from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review* that the confidential informant in the case often posed as a … proponent of liquor privatization.

* Watch out Inky! The Trib is hot on your heels on this story!

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