Fourteen years ago, Pennsylvania started tracking the number of medical malpractice case filings, and now comes good news: the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts reports that 2014 had the fewest new cases ever filed, which is part of an overall decline from the “base years” of 2000-2002. As you might expect, Philly has the largest caseload, but that’s declined almost 70 percent.
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In this March 27, 2012 file photo, Monsignor William Lynn leaves the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
As expected, prosecutors have moved to revoke bail for Monsignor William Lynn following Monday’s reinstatement of his child endangerment conviction by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Read more »
Say you you’re running errands and you need to stop into a store for five minutes to grab an item. Leave your kid in the car for a bit? Or take the child inside with you?
That choice is at the heart of a case being decided by the New Jersey Supreme Court, NewsWorks reports: Read more »
A shuttered Revel in November 2014 (Photo: Dan McQuade)
You’re not going to believe this.
No, wait, you probably will. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gloria M. Burns today did not approve the sale of the failed Revel casino to Glenn Straub. The hold-up is a pending appeal by several clubs and restaurants inside Revel that opposed Straub’s purchase of Revel. Burns stayed that sale in January.
Here’s where things get complicated: That sale is actually dead. Straub didn’t complete it. But Revel and Straub then struck a deal for Revel at a lower price. Still, per the Inquirer, the previous ruling means Burns doesn’t have jurisdiction to approve the new sale.
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The advertisement SEPTA originally refused to run
A federal judge has ruled that SEPTA must run anti-Islam ads that compare Muslims to Hitler.
Last year, we told you about the American Freedom Defense Initiative. The group, characterized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, sued SEPTA after the transit authority rejected its ads that advocate for the end of United States aid to “Islamic countries.” Yesterday, a judge ruled in favor of the AFDI, which also goes by the name Stop Islamization of America. It was co-founded by Pamela Gellar, best known for writing the Atlas Shrugs blog. Read more »
A pilot whale (Photo | Adam Li, NOAA)
It’s like Moby-Dick, except instead of harpoons and the Pequod it’s a decades-old rifle and a ship named Capt Bob.
Federal authorities yesterday charged Cape May’s Daniel Archibald with violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The government says Archibald fired several shots at pilot whales, which violates the act’s prohibition on hunting or harassing marine life.
Authorities say Archibald used a Mosin-Nagant rifle to fire at the whales off the New Jersey coast, which it describes as “a World War II rifle that has not been manufactured in several decades.” Read more »
The fraud trial of former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson was halted today after Tollefson was taken to the hospital when his blood sugar spiked. Tollefson told the judge he has type 2 diabetes.
Tollefson told judge Rea Boylan of the issue during a recess, and offered to wait until lunch to go to the hospital. “Matt, Matt, I’m not making this up,” Tollefson said to Bucks County prosecutor Matt Weintraub.
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The Justice Department has charged curator and Philadelphia gallery owner Nathan Isen with money laundering. The government contends the 61-year-old Isen, who’s best known for his expertise on the work of Louis Icart, sold 12 works of art for $20,000 cash — money he allegedly knew was earned from pot dealing. The longtime Villanova resident could get 20 years in prison if he’s convicted, in addition to three years probation and more than $250,000 in fines. He was nabbed in an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.
Isen’s gallery, I. Brewster & Co., has been in business for more than 30 years — first as a Center City walkup, and now as a 22-person concern in Fairmount. Isen has served as an appraiser and authenticator throughout his career, including for the notorious Khan brothers auctioneers. An employee at the gallery said Isen is on vacation in Florida and cannot be reached. The full text of the information is below.
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The Don Tollefson saga was supposed to be over. The former 6 ABC and Fox 29 sportscaster — known, even now, for calling pretty much everyone he has ever met a “good guy” — pleaded guilty in September to charges he defrauded about 200 sports fans out of almost $350,000 in phony ticket scams.
But then he abruptly withdrew his plea just before sentencing last month, saying that — after much thought — he’d decided to go to trial. And, despite being urged by a judge to get proper counsel, he decided to represent himself.
Tollefson’s trial began this week, and it’s about time to check in and see how it’s going. Opening statements were Tuesday.
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Police have filed charges against the driver of an SUV that hit a Bensalem High School girl and killed her. The victim, Minete Zeka, was just 16.
Authorities charged 18-year-old Michael Shelly with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, overtaking a school bus and related offenses. His arraignment was scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, the Bensalem PD said in a Facebook post.
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