UPDATED at 5:10 p.m. with comment from Jason Ortitay.
While you guys were watching Da Beard execute the slowest interception return ever, things – three of them, specifically – continued to roll in Harrisburg and beyond.
McCaffery suspended from state's high court. Perhaps the only thing surprising about the suspension, with pay, of Justice Seamus McCaffery from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is the language used by Chief Justice Ronald Castille is describing the reasoning – in his mind, at least – behind the suspension. Justice McCaffery had been implicated in the scandal over sexually explicit emails that were passed around the office of the state attorney general when Gov. Tom Corbett held that post; he was also accused by Justice J. Michael Eakin of attempted blackmail in connection with the scandal. Those two points – with the added bonus of alleged involvement in a ticket-fixing scandal – prompted strong statements in the opinion of Justice Castille:
It is more than a lapse in judgment – it has caused unmitigated turmoil in the justice system and has indirectly cost several state prosecutors and high ranking state officials their public careers. At least several of those individuals have had the decency to resign, whereas the instigator of the pornographic emails still draws a taxpayer's salary.
Justice McCaffery responded through his attorney that he is confident that he would be cleared of any wrongdoing, although it should be noted that he's already admitted and apologized for his involvement with the email scandal. We could get an official resolution soon – the court's order gives the state Judicial Conduct Board 30 days to decide whether misconduct charges against Justice McCaffery are appropriate -- although not even that is likely to ease the tense relationship between Justices McCaffery and Castille.
Wolf releases tax forms. Since the start of the campaign, opponents of Democratic nominee for governor Tom Wolf have called for Mr. Wolf to release his tax forms for 2013. After seeking an extension in April, the Associated Press got a look at the two-page 1040 filed last week (Mr. Corbett released his 1040 in April). The details? Mr. Wolf reported adjusted gross income of $1.3 million, a salary from the Wolf Organization of $342,000 (he stopped drawing a salary from the family biz in the spring), $180,000 in taxable interest and – drum roll, please – a tax bill of $287,000.
Marcellus Shale blog questions candidate's residency: Be sure to take a look at this investigative piece at Marcellus Monitor, which dug up documents that suggest that Jason Ortitay, the Republican candidate running against state Rep. Jesse White, D-46, may not have met district residency requirements. Mr. White and Mr. Ortitay are in the midst of one of the nastier races for the state house, complete with attack ads and accusations of lying.
Reached late Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Ortitay said he grew up and continues to live in the district. He offered to produce his signed and notarized affidavit, swearing his residency.
"Unlike my opponent who has impersonated constituents for his own vindictive purposes, I respect the law and the rules. This area is my home, where I grew up and live. There is no residency issue; I live in the district," Mr. Ortitay said.