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Thursday's DN: Judge who acquitted Josey is married to cop

Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan, who brushed aside video evidence when he acquitted ex-cop Jonathan Josey on Tuesday of assaulting a woman last September, is married to Philadelphia Police Officer Nancy Farrell Dugan. Should he have recused himself?

Thursday's DN: Judge who acquitted Josey is married to cop

Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan, who brushed aside video evidence when he acquitted ex-cop Jonathan Josey on Tuesday of assaulting a woman last September, is married to Philadelphia Police Officer Nancy Farrell Dugan. Should he have recused himself?

The Actual Value Initiative's homestead exemption is supposed to give Philly homeowners some tax relief, but many don't know they're eligible to sign up. Meanwhile, some properties have been approved for the exemption even though they're not eligible. And Councilman Mark Squilla, whose district will be hit hardest by AVI, wants to phase it in over time.

Councilman Jim Kenney and the administration are pushing to make the Inspector General's Office permanent - but what should the office inspect? Not Council, if they have anything to say about it. (They do.)

And Prison Commissioner Louis Giorla testified at a Council hearing Wednesday about the city's contract with a controversial inmate healthcare provider.

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