Monday, February 23, 2015

Supreme Court nominee under fire over email withdraws

HARRISBURG (AP) — A white Pennsylvania Supreme Court nominee under fire after apparently forwarding a racially insensitive email has withdrawn his name from consideration.
Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler said in a statement Monday that dramatic change in the county's court system left urgent matters that require his full attention.
He did not address the email showing a black couple talking through glass via a jailhouse phone under the heading, "Merry Christmas from the Johnsons."
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday the email was sent to more than 20 people in December 2013.
Kistler did not immediately return a telephone message from The Associated Press.
Gov. Tom Wolf nominated Kistler two weeks ago to fill a temporary spot on the seven-member court. He'd been recommended by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman of Centre County.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Recommendation: Attorney Bradley W. Weidenbaum

I have worked together with Attorney Weidenbaum on several cases this past year, it seems we always get stuck together.

He is an excellent attorney. His specialties overlap with me on criminal defense and some civil litigation work. But if you need an attorney for bankruptcy he's who I would recommend at the top of the list for Monroe, Northampton, Carbon, or Lehigh counties. His office staff is helpful and kind, and he returns phone calls in a prompt manner.

Highly recommended fellow attorney.

Monroe County Criminal Defense Lawyers' Lunch for March

The March lunch for the Monroe County Criminal Defense Lawyers will be held on March 17th, at noon at the Monroe County Bar Association. We are anticipating a visit from President Judge Worthington as well as members of the District Attorney's Office. All Monroe County criminal defense lawyers are welcome. Lunch will be provided by the bar association.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Meaningless action #1 by a new Governor.

(CNN)Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf halted all executions in his state Friday, citing the state's "error prone" justice system and "inherent biases" among his reasons for the moratorium.
"I take this action only after significant consideration and reflection," Wolf said Friday. "There is perhaps no more weighty a responsibility assigned to the governor than his or her role as the final check in the capital punishment process."

It's pretty easy to declare a "moratorium" on something that hasn't been done since 1999, and has no chance of being enacted in the next 4 or 6 years anyway. 

Does that mean Corbett and Rendell deserve credit for a moratorium, since no one was executed on their watch? 

Capital Punishment has not been abolished in Pennsylvania. It's just been pushed off a few years.

The annals of history.

But there is also another tendency that is common among people. When they can, they wish to live and prosper at the expense of others. This is no rash accusation. Nor does it come from a gloomy and uncharitable spirit. The annals of history bear witness to the truth of it: the incessant wars, mass migrations, religious persecutions, universal slavery, dishonesty in commerce, and monopolies. This fatal desire has its origin in the very nature of man — in that primitive, universal, and insuppressible instinct that impels him to satisfy his desires with the least possible pain. - Frederic Bastiat, The Law, 1850.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Recommendation for Real Estate in North Eastern Pennsylvania.

Joe Ruocco of Property Stars Inc., should be your first stop for Real Estate in NE PA. His office is professional and well-versed in the intricacies of Poconos property purchases. Whether it's for a residential, commercial, rental, or investment property, check with Joe first.