Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 12:18 PM
Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ron Castille speaks at the Philly Convention Center on Jan. 3, 2008. (Elizabeth Robertson / Inquirer Staff)

Ron Castille, the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, says any judges snared in the pornographic email scandal unfolding at the state Attorney General's Office will "have to pay the piper."

Castille, speaking on a conference call with reporters, said he has asked Attorney General Kathleen Kane -- in a letter Thursday followed by a telephone call -- for the names of any judges who sent or received the hardcore pornography.  Castille also wants copies of the emails.

"I want to make sure that, if they are involved, they have to pay the piper," Castille said. "It's just sad for us as a branch of government if anyone is involved in this type of activity."

POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 9:12 AM

John Baer takes a look at the politics behind the porn scandal, part of a running feud between state Attorney General Kathleen Kane and the former top deputies to her predecessor, Gov. Corbett.

Stu Bykofsky comes up with a few unconventional candidates for mayor of Philadelphia.

And the Daily News Editorial Board considers the new city cigarette tax a nicotine patch, with much more needed to fund public education in Philadelphia.

POSTED: Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:34 AM
Pennsylvania state Attorney General Kathleen Kane. (AP)

HARRISBURG - Some of Gov. Corbett's top deputies seemed to have been quite taken, while he was the state attorney general, with graphic images of unusual objects inserted into women's vaginas. Explicit emails put on display for reporters yesterday by Attorney General Kathleen Kane - in perhaps the strangest political peep show in history - included videos of women masturbating by inserting a bowling pin and a lit cigar.

MAYOR NUTTER yesterday shifted oversight for the Department of Licenses and Inspections to the deputy mayor for public safety on the recommendation of a task force created to examine L&I in the aftermath of last year's Market Street building collapse.

A BILL introduced in City Council yesterday would require landlords to give tenants advance notice of any anticipated rent increases.

POSTED: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 8:41 AM

Statement pieces: Notice mor graffiti lately? We have. Graffiti sends a message - and Philly needs to listen. Sandra Shea delves into the culture of graffiti artists which has exploded in recent years across the city. 

Beating & tweeting to cost her a job? Three surrender in alleged assault on gay couple in Center City. This story by Dana DiFilippo and Vinny Vella. 

Latest polls still cry 'Wolf!' TV spending's had little effect, writes Chris Brennan. 

POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 12:42 PM
Joseph C. Waters, Jr.

For accepting less than $1,000 in cash, in one instance, newly resigned Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters is looking at time behind bars for asking fellow judges to help out his buddies in legal matters.

“He’s a friend of mine, so if you can take a hard look at it,” Waters allegedly says on a taped phone call with the feds listening in.

The criminal complaint alleges Waters used several of his connections with other municipal court judges to alter the outcomes of cases where - in at least one case - he knew the defendant. Whether the hook-ups came in the form of granting continuances, reducing fines or generally giving one party favorable treatment over another, prosecutors contend Waters orchestrated a scheme to gain a secret advantage over the litigation process via ex parte communications such as phone calls and text messages. The benefactors of the alleged puppeteering were usually contributors to Waters’ reelection campaign.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 9:02 AM

Well-liked, cheerful, energetic...and dead. Why? Suspect surrenders in shooting of 15-year-old. Morgan Zalot covers the childish spat that escalated in Logan, where an innocent girl wound up dead. 

Solomon Leach chronicles as some are a little less fuming in Philly as cigarette tax passes state Senate.

Judge quits before his day in court. A municipal court judge is expected to plead guilty to wire, mail fraud later today. 

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:57 AM

School district quits on program to mentor minority boys...and it was working. Unprogrammed: Stephanie Farr explains how a mentorship for young men is axed. 

Cigarette tax passes House, awaits vote in Senate. Solomon Leach reports. 

D.A. takes over case of Center City gay-bashing, in this report by Vinny Vella. 

Gov. Tom Corbett and Attorney General Kathleen Kane. (AP)

Governor Corbett today requested copies of explicit emails that state Attorney General Kathleen Kane showed reporters yesterday. Kane's staff said the emails were recovered from the government email accounts of top deputies who worked for Corbett when he was Attorney General.

Kelly Powell Logan, Corbett's secretary for the Office of Administration, wrote to Kane at the "express request of Gov. Corbett" about the emails, citing media reporting on the subject.

"These reports and your accompanying public statements have necessitated a review of these documents by this office," Logan wrote, adding that she wanted Kane to "immediately provide me with complete copies of all the subject emails to allow a complete and thorough review of those items."

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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