News Briefing: Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2016

News Briefing: Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2016

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Sanctions hearing set for Judge Segal

A sanctions hearing has been tentatively scheduled for next month in the case of Municipal Court Judge Dawn A. Segal. She’s accused of engaging in improper conversations with another judge about court cases pending before her.

Segal, who’s been suspended without pay since February, faces discipline ranging from a reprimand to permanent removal from the bench.

In 2011-12, Segal discussed three cases pending before her with then-Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters. Segal allegedly was influenced by those discussions to rule in accordance with Waters’ expectations. The state Court of Judicial Discipline recently found her liable for several ethics violations.

A hearing to determine Segal’s discipline is set for 2 p.m. Nov. 21 in Commonwealth Court Courtroom 5001, Fifth Floor, Pennsylvania Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Ave. in Harrisburg. The public is permitted to attend.

Attorneys for Segal had no comment for this update.


Fundraiser set for AIDS Law Project

Boo!, an annual Halloween party sponsored by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, will be held 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Bahdeebahdu in Old City.

The event will include a three-course dinner, accompanied by fine wines. At 8:30 p.m., a dance party will be held.

“Boo! is a great party that keeps getting better,” said Ronda B. Goldfein, executive director of the law project. “Some of our favorite Philly-based artists will be performing throughout the evening, including Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Miss Finesse Ross, Gunnar Montana, John Jarboe and Heath Allen of Bearded Ladies Cabaret and DJ Sharyn Stone.”

Goldfein said the event supports a worthy cause.

“All year long, the AIDS Law Project provides vital legal services for people living with HIV and AIDS. This party is an opportunity to support those efforts, have fun and wear a costume.”

Tickets may be purchased for the entire event, or simply for the dance party. For more information, go to

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