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Cortes v. Sprague: Ambiguous Ballot Question Splits the Court

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Civil, Constitutional Provisions, Elections | 0 comments

Pennsylvania’s courts have been the site of an unusual amount of unfolding drama this year, from the sordid tale of Bill Cosby’s fall from grace to the strange fight over taped depositions that turned into a question of SCOPA quorums in Dougherty v. Heller. But Friday’s ruling that an ambiguous ballot question does not violate the Pennsylvania Constitution has been one of the most bitterly lamented of the year. For the past two years, the General Assembly has been moving through the slow and methodical process of voting and re-voting for a...

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In re Adoption of MRD and TMD: Twin Exceptions fail to authorize adoption of Twins

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Civil, Family Law | 0 comments

A Father leaves a Mother shortly before she learns she’s pregnant. With almost no exception, the Father has no contact with his Twin Children for the next eight years until he gets married and suddenly files for custody. The Mother, who has raised the Twins with their maternal Grandfather, wants to terminate the Father’s rights to the Twins to avoid a custody battle, and so Grandfather agrees to “Adopt” the children with her. But the Adoption Statute isn’t designed to help avoid a Custody fight; it’s designed to allow a child to “bond” the...

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