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Irma-Related Lawsuits Against FP&L Smell Like Greed and Petty Politics

Irma-Related Lawsuits Against FP&L Smell Like Greed and Petty Politics

In the days following Hurricane Irma, a handful of elected officials across the state became inundated with calls from frustrated constituents who were still waiting for power to be restored. The politicians, thinking only of how Irma’s damage could hurt them at the ballot box, started pointing the finger of blame at the power companies, setting arbitrary deadlines for power to be restored, and threatened lawsuits. Hurricane Irma couldn’t have taken a more destructive path for the s…
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Miami startup raises $1M to provide affordable legal services online

Miami startup Court Buddy has raised $1 million, a milestone event that puts the company among just 14 to have raised seven figures or more in …
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No charges for man who asked if US senator’s child kidnapped

A man who was kicked out of a televised town hall for asking Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey an unsettling question about whether his daughter had been kidnapped won’t face charges, a prosecutor said Monday. Simon Radecki’s question was inappropriate and offensive but was within the bounds of free speech, District Attorney John Morganelli said, overruling police who initially planned to charge him. Radecki, a 28-year-old activist, was picked ahead of time to be one of Toomey’s questioners at the Aug. 31 event at a PBS station in Bethlehem. When it was his turn, he thanked Toomey for taking questions but then veered off-script and said: “I know we’ve been here a while. You probably haven’t seen the news. Can you confirm whether or not your daughter Bridget has been kidnapped?” Police yanked Radecki off stage as he continued, “The reason I ask is because that’s the reality of families that suffer deportation … .” Nothing happened to Toomey’s daughter, and Toomey called it a “ridiculous question.” The rest of the town hall went on without incident. Radecki said Monday he was trying to make a point about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. President Donald Trump recently ended the Obama-era program, which shielded from deportation nearly 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, and gave Congress six months to come up with a replacement. Bethlehem police initially told Radecki he would be charged, but Morganelli told them to hold off while he reviewed the case. The prosecutor said he considered two charges — disrupting a public meeting and disorderly conduct — and concluded that Radecki broke no law. “Clearly, Mr. Radecki’s question was stated in a callous manner without regard for what impact it might have on Senator Toomey” or his family, Morganelli said. “Nevertheless, the criminal law cannot be utilized to remedy insensitive conduct.” Morganelli, a Democrat, informed Toomey of his decision via text. Toomey replied that he understood, the prosecutor said. Toomey’s spokesman, Steve Kelly, called Radecki’s question “reprehensible” and “inherently threatening,” but he said the senator accepted Morganelli’s legal judgment. Witold Walczak, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Pennsylvania chapter, said Morganelli made the right call. “The government can’t prosecute people for asking elected officials dumb, provocative or even offensive questions, just like prosecutors can’t charge politicians for making stupid and insulting statements (boy would they be busy!),” Walczak said via email. “Freedom of speech doesn’t always produce kind, thoughtful and wise expression.” Radecki works for Make the Road Pennsylvania, an advocacy group for Hispanic immigrants. He said the hypothetical question was planned by the group and was meant to convey how thousands of immigrant parents fear their children will be deported. Asked how he felt about Morganelli’s decision, Radecki said: “My friends who are DACA recipients are way more on my mind than what happened today. My concern (is) about what could happen to them in the next few months or next few years, the tons and tons of people who now need to prepare for who knows what.” Toomey has said that while people brought to the U.S. illegally as children are “not at fault and deserve our support,” President Barack Obama didn’t have legal authority to create the DACA program. He called on Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes an accommodation for young immigrants.
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Court: Inmate fired as law librarian can sue for retaliation

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit filed by an inmate who lost his job at a Pennsylvania county jail’s law librarian, allegedly for helping other inmates conduct legal research. The Altoona-Mirror reports Monday that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated Gary Vaughn Jr.’s lawsuit against Cambria County prison officials and the judge who ordered him removed last year. Vaughn ran a pawn shop called Gary’s Steals and Deals and was sentenced earlier this year to federal…
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A look at the president’s immigration demands

President Donald Trump has unveiled a long list of immigration priorities he says must be included as part of any legislative package extending protections for young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. What the president is demanding from Congress: BORDER SECURITY —Construct a wall along the southern border; increase security on the northern border. —Make it easier to deport unaccompanied minor children caught crossing the border. The U.S. experienced a surge of border cro…
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