Two Philadelphia police officers injured in a 2013 elevator accident at the city’s Criminal Justice Center — three years before an elevator crash there paralyzed a sheriff’s deputy — have settled their lawsuit against the company that maintains city buildings and its elevator subcontractor.
The lawsuit by Grace Gardner and Robert Lucini against U.S. Facilities Inc. and Schindler Elevator Corp. was supposed to have gone to trial before a jury on Wednesday before Common Pleas Court Judge Linda Carpenter.
Read more from Philly.com.
Lori A. Dumas, a judge with the First Judicial District, Court of Common Pleas, Family Division in Philadelphia, Pa., was named to the Board of Directors for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) in Reno.
Dumas has participated in and facilitated many panels and trainings on human trafficking.
Read more from Northern Nevada Business Weekly.
Just over one year ago, we came together as former governors from across the political spectrum to call for the adoption of merit selection of statewide judges and justices to the appellate courts of Pennsylvania: Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth courts.
A recent report on the judicial scandals that have plagued our Supreme Court, coupled with runaway spending in some recent judicial races, compel us to renew that call today.
Spending in the 2015 judicial elections topped $16 million. Spending to date in the most recent primary elections alone has hit more than $4.75 million. We can only imagine what will be spent on general election campaigning in the months leading up to November.
Read the full opinion editorial in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
For decades, the Philadelphia Bar Association has enlisted members to spend 40-plus hours screening each judicial candidate in Philadelphia and decide on recommendations. Most everyone agrees the process is thorough and the group is the best at separating the qualified from the unqualified candidates.
But for years the group wondered if its rankings actually mattered. Did anybody see them? And if they did were they ever enough to counter the random question of ballot position, or the organization of the Democratic City Committee and ward leaders?
After an experiment during the May primary, the group discovered its ratings can matter. It teamed up with Philly data analysis firm Econsult Solutions, and had volunteers distribute a listing of candidates it recommended (and candidates it didn’t) at 41 polling places.
So how’d they do?
Read the full story in Billy Penn.
Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts approved the newest slate of members at its annual board meeting recently in Harrisburg.
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