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Nader takes another poke at Reed Smith

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

Ralph Nader hasn’t been able to get relief through the courts so now his attorney is turning to one of the most prestigious law schools in the country, warning its students about Reed Smith, the corporate law firm in Philadelphia that was involved in Pennsylvania’s “Bonusgate” scandal several years ago.
               

naderThe attorney, Oliver Hall, wrote an opinion piece published Monday in the Harvard Law School record, an independent campus newspaper.
               

In it, he questions why Harvard allows Reed Smith to participate in its on-campus job interview program for law students despite the Philadelphia firm’s role in the Bonusgate scandal. He says that he is certain Reed Smith violated the laws of professional conduct and “played an indispensable part in a criminal conspiracy that led to the felony conviction or guilty pleas of 11 defendants.”
               

Reed Smith's role in the scandal was helping House Democratic staffers challenge signatures on Mr. Nader’s nominating petitions in an effort to get him tossed from the presidential ballot in 2004. A Commonwealth Court jury later found that many of those staffers had been on state payroll while they were working on petition challenges, violating a law prohibiting campaign work on state time.
               

Reed Smith was never held accountable for its role, said Mr. Hall. He explores why in the opinion piece. Read it here. For more on the Post-Gazette's coverage of Bonusgate, click here.

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Rep. Murphy: 'This interview didn't happen'

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

“This interview didn’t happen.”

That’s what U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, told CQ Rollcall after its reporter’s questions didn’t go the way the congressman liked.

murphyThe “Interview That Didn’t Happen” was Wednesday after a press conference during which House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, responded to a video showing a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the harvesting of fetal tissue.

The video had gone viral on Tuesday, but Mr. Murphy, who is chairman of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said he had known about it for weeks.

According to Roll Call, Mr. Murphy struggled to answer a question about why the video didn’t surface sooner if he knew about it weeks ago.

According to Roll Call, Mr. Murphy responded “Um. I don’t know why. All I know is I saw it and he said it was going to post it eventually, so that’s all I know. Then he abruptly ended the interview saying he should not be quoted and “This interview didn’t happen.”

A spokeswoman for Mr. Murphy later told Roll Call that he had an obligation to do “due diligence” before starting an investigation. Read more here.

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