More Lawyers Ask for Out-of-County Judge in Inky Lawsuit

More defendants in Seamus McCaffery’s lawsuit against the Philadelphia Inquirer are asking that an out-of-county judge be assigned to the case, according to court filings.

But there is one party to the proceedings that has been noticeably silent in the matter: Interstate General Media, owner of the paper, has made no filings and hasn’t even had a lawyer enter an appearance in the matter.

A lawyer for Lewis Katz, a minority owner of the paper, in mid-March asked for the recusal of every judge in Philadelphia, citing the close ties of McCaffery — now a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice — to the district and nearly every judge in it. Katz was joined late last week by lawyers for Inky editor Bill Marimow, reporter Craig McCoy, Daily News editor Michael Days, and Daily News editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson in requesting an out-of-county judge be assigned to the case.

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McCaffery’s Lawyer: Official Inquirer Complaint Coming Next Week

A defense lawyer’s motion to have every Philadelphia judge recused from a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice’s lawsuit against the Philadelphia Inquirer has had at least one effect — the cancellation of a Wednesday afternoon hearing on motions in the case. Judge Nina Padilla said the recusal motion had forced her to kick the case up to a presiding judge in the district.

The hearing might’ve fizzled anyway. Lawyers were set to argue over motions requiring Justice Seamus McCaffery to file a specific complaint against the Inquirer. McCaffery’s lawyer, Dion Rassias, said after Wednesday’s short hearing that he had obtained needed information from the Inquirer to proceed with his filing.

“We’re moving full speed ahead on the complaint,” Rassias said, estimating it would be filed early next week.

Rassias was apparently the only representative of either party to attend Wednesday’s hearing.

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Seamus McCaffery to Inquirer: Show Your Hand

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Seamus McCaffery’s bold-faced assertion of innocence.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery is demanding the Philadelphia Inquirer show its evidence for stories that prompted an FBI investigation of him — even as he steadfastly maintains his innocence of any wrongdoing.

“The investigation of Plaintiff McCaffery has not produced one shred of evidence that Plaintiff McCaffery violated any law or in any way acted unethically,” his lawyer, Dion Rassias, wrote in documents filed Wednesday with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. “Indeed, it bears repeating: Plaintiff McCaffery has done nothing wrong, illegal, or unethical.”

McCaffery filed notice earlier this month of his intention to sue the Inquirer, following articles that claimed McCaffery’s wife and chief judicial aide, Lise Rapaport, received fees for steering cases to personal injury firms. After the articles appeared, the court adopted rules prohibiting judges from hiring relatives or sitting on corporate boards. The articles prompted an FBI investigation, McCaffery acknowledged.

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Expelled Swarthmore Student Sues College Over Sexual Assault Allegations

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Parrish Hall, Swarthmore College

Last April, Swarthmore students Mia Ferguson and Hope Brinn helped bring two very public complaints against their college, alleging that the prestigious liberal arts institution was in violation of federal law for misreporting and mishandling sexual misconduct cases.

In July, the Department of Education deemed those complaints serious enough that it opened an investigation of the school, which is still ongoing. Behind the scenes, as an increasing number of survivors of sexual assault came forward and reported their experiences to the school, Swarthmore took what many in the college community believe to be unprecedented disciplinary action against alleged perpetrators. Now, one student who was found guilty of sexual misconduct is retaliating.

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Lawsuit Filed in Fire Escape Fatality

The Daily News: “Relatives of a man killed and a woman seriously injured when a fire escape collapsed off a Center City apartment building two weeks ago have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming the landlord was negligent and caused the collapse by not repairing the deteriorating fourth-floor balcony.”

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