Election Day in Philadelphia in 2010 | Photo by AP/Matt Rourke
A judge has rejected an argument from Republicans that asked for the state’s poll-watching rules to be overturned. U.S. District Judge Gerald Pappert said that there is no constitutional right to poll watching, and rejected a lawsuit the Pennsylvania Republican Party had filed against the state.
Before 2004, Pennsylvania law said certified poll watchers could only watch the returns in their districts. That year, state lawmakers amended the election code to allow poll watchers to perform their duties anywhere in the county in which they were registered to vote. A 2015 bill in Harrisburg to allow poll watchers to work anywhere in the state did not pass; with this lawsuit, Republicans attempted to push it through the courts instead. Read more »
Anthony Wright with his granddaughter after his release from prison in August. Photo by Kevin Monko, courtesy The Innocence Project
Less than one month ago Anthony Wright walked out of prison, where he had spent the previous 25 years for the 1991 rape and murder of his 77-year-old neighbor, Louise Talley. DNA evidence has proven that Wright, 44, was not the killer, and now he is suing the City of Philadelphia as well as the police. Read more »
Left: LeSean McCoy in a 2016 photo by Keith Allison (Flickr).
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has declined to press charges against former Eagles player LeSean McCoy after two cops were injured in an Old City bar brawl he was involved in. But that doesn’t mean that McCoy is completely off the hook. Read more »
Left: Attorney Richard “Dick” Sprague (AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Right: Ken Smukler in a 2015 photo (Twitter).
Dick Sprague is the most feared attorney in Philadelphia. Ken Smukler is a behind-the-scenes Democratic political operative who has worked for the likes of Kathleen Kane, Bob Brady, Rick Mariano and Marjorie Margolies back before she was Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law. And now Sprague and Smukler are squaring off in court. Read more »
The American Beverage Association filed a lawsuit today claiming that the soda tax passed by the city in June is unconstitutional. Read more »
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It’s been nearly a year since we told you about a claim of gross stuff found in food in Philadelphia — the last time around, it was an allegation of a mouse head in a can of chick peas bought at a Philly grocery store — so we thought we’d bring you this things-that-make-you-say-ewwwwwwww tale of a human tooth allegedly found in a hamburger. Read more »
Former City Representative Desiree Peterkin Bell sued City Controller Alan Butkovitz yesterday, claiming he defamed her earlier this month by saying she used a city-established nonprofit “as if it were a special slush fund.”
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Left: Marilou Regan (Photo by HughE Dillon). Right: Starbucks tea cup. (Photo by Flickr user Patricia Bullack).
UPDATE: After this article was first published, Philadelphia magazine heard from Marilou Regan, who said she had not authorized the filing of the lawsuit and that she intends to have it withdrawn on Monday. Reached for comment, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit told us that Regan has a “very strong” case and that he would have no further comment until after discussing the matter with Regan on Monday.
The McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit is the stuff of legend and still has people scratching their heads more than 20 years after a jury ruled against the fast-food giant. And now a suburban Philadelphia woman — a former Inquirer reporter — has sued Starbucks because its hot tea was, yes, too hot. Read more »
Abbie Bartels. (Photos via Twitter)
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a statement from Milton Hershey School.
It has been three years since 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl Abbie Bartels died by suicide, and now her parents have filed a lawsuit against the prestigious Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, accusing the boarding school of causing her death by expelling Bartels and barring her from eighth grade graduation after she expressed a desire to harm herself. Read more »
From left: Elizabeth Ortiz, German Parobi, Cheri Honkla, Galen Tyler and Mary Catherine Roper. The ACLU and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign gathered on Thursday morning to announce a lawsuit against the City.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia today over the denial of a protest march permit on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, founded in 1998 by Cheri Honkala.
“This city closes down streets for block parties, for Cinco de Mayo, for food festivals — including during rush hour — but they will not give the protesters permission to use the streets during rush hour,” ACLU of Pennsylvania Deputy Legal Director Mary Catherine Roper said.
At a press conference today in South Philadelphia, Roper and Honkala outlined their grievance: The city, they say, has forbidden protest marches in Center City between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. during this summer’s DNC. Honkala’s group wants to march down Broad Street from City Hall to the Wells Fargo Center at 3 p.m. on the opening day of the convention, July 25th.
“We’re the only folks so far that I know of that have been told we cannot march,” Honkala said. Read more »