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June 2016 Archives

State Senator Greenleaf Discloses Conflict of Interest in House Bill 1947 Vote

Stewart Greenleaf, a Pennsylvania State Senator representing portions of Montgomery and Bucks Counties, disclosed a conflict of interest regarding House Bill 1947. Greenleaf stated that he will no longer be involved in any committee meetings regarding passage of the bill because an attorney at his law firm, Elliott Greenleaf, is currently representing a priest who is a witness in a child sexual-abuse civil suit. Read more about Greenleaf's revelation.

Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput Accused of Employing "Mafia-Like" Tactics

Charles Chaput, the Archbishop of the Philadelphia, has been accused of utilizing "mafia-like" tactics by Pennsylvania State Representative Michael Vereb. Vereb made this claim in response to Chaput's personal targeting of the legislators that voted for Pennsylvania House Bill 1947. This bill, overwhelmingly passed in the state lower house during a bipartisan vote in April, would allow child sexual abuse victims to file suit until age 50.

Former District Attorney of Montgomery County to Testify on Child Sexual-Abuse Bill

Bruce Castor, the District Attorney of Montgomery County from 2000 - 2008 and the current 1st Solicitor General of Pennsylvania, is scheduled to testify next week during a Senate hearing. This Senate hearing is being held before the Judiciary Committee to examine the constitutionality of a proposed bill that would extend the window through which survivors of child sexual-abuse can seek damages. The bill has already been passed in the state House by a vote of 180 - 15. Read more.

Hit and run injures pedestrian in South Philadelphia

A man was hit by a car in South Philly, and the driver not only didn't stop, but fled the scene. The crash happened at about 3:40 in the morning, and it was near the intersection of Front and Oregon. The man who was hit was apparently attempting to cross the street.

Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act Passed Unanimously Passed

The Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act was passed by a vote of 89 - 0 in the United States Senate on May 23, 2016. This federal bill specifies what rights victims of sexual violence are entitled to. Read more about the passage of this bill, and the 24 year-old survivor that served as bill sponsor Jeanne Shaheen's (D-NH) inspiration.

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