In a 4-2 majority opinion, the court found that the city had not violated state law by taxing the distribution of beverages. Opponents of the tax had argued that the levy amounted to double taxation because it is passed down to consumers who already pay sales taxes.
Acting on a petition from about a dozen media organizations, a Montgomery County judge on Friday unsealed the identities of the jurors who convicted Bill Cosby, but told them not to publicly discuss the deliberations that led to their decision last month.
In a hearing on a petition by media organizations to release the names, Judge Steven T. O'Neill said he was still weighing how to balance the privacy rights of Cosby jurors against the presumption that their names are public information. He did not indicate when or how he might rule.
Speaking publicly for the first time, the jurors who convicted Bill Cosby last week said Monday that they were not swayed by celebrity, race, or the #MeToo movement in finding the comedy icon guilty of sexual assault charges.
Bill Cosby is not only tied to the Me Too movement as the first high-profile defendant found guilty at trial since it began. But legal experts wonder if his case might actually push Me Too into a new frontier, reshaping how the criminal justice system handles future cases.
Speaking out for the first time since a jury convicted Bill Cosby, the entertainer's publicists compared him Friday to Emmett Till, the black teen whose 1955 lynching in Mississippi - and the acquittal of his killers - became a signature moment of the civil rights era.
Laura McCrystal covers everything about taxes, government revenue, and how such policies impact people in Philadelphia and beyond. She previously covered news in Montgomery County, including Bill Cosby's trial.