This Week’s Metro Column … *Updated*

UPDATE: The hit-and-run hearing was wrong in my column. Sorry about that. It’s not in Harrisburg, but at Nazareth Hospital at 2601 Holme Ave. in Northeast Philly. Also, it’s from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 11.




… is about a subject near-and-dear to my brain (and this site), but worthy of a little more ink.

“I’ve lost complete faith in the justice system,” the mother sighs, looking at the corner that reminds her of burying a child and having to still explain to an autism-afflicted 6-year-old that she won’t see her sister Mary for, God-willing, quite some time. “The judge wouldn’t even let me read my victim-impact statement. He said, ‘If you don’t like the laws, change them.’” …
But now, some good news. Theresa will head to Harrisburg March 13 for a public hearing, scheduled by state Sen. Michael Stack’s office, on increasing our inexplicably weak hit-and-run penalties. (Even New Jersey’s are stronger.) Plus, state Sen. Larry Farnese will be on WURD-AM today at 12:15 p.m. discussing increased-penalty legislation his office is working on.

As a side note, I will be calling into WURD around 12:30 p.m. to talk about Farnese’s commendable attention to an issue others seem content to ignore.

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