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Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry: Corporations Not The Same As Persons With Privacy Rights


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JL
- 421 days ago - freespeechforpeople.org
"A Pennsylvania judge in the heart of the Keystone State's fracking belt has issued a forceful and precedent-setting decision holding that there is no corporate right to privacy under that state's constitution, giving citizens and journalists a powerful



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JL A. (275)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 10:13 am
Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry: Corporations Not The Same As Persons With Privacy Rights
Submitted by oskebuckley on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 15:57
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Steven Rosenfeld
Alternet
April 11, 2013
This article was published in partnership with GlobalPossibilities.org.

Excerpts:

"A Pennsylvania judge in the heart of the Keystone State’s fracking belt has issued a forceful and precedent-setting decision holding that there is no corporate right to privacy under that state’s constitution, giving citizens and journalists a powerful tool to understand the health and environmental impacts of natural gas drilling in their communities."

"But where the ruling is likely to make the biggest waves is in the so-called corporate personhood debate. The Judge spent more than a third of her 32-page decision saying why corporations and business entities were not the same as people under Pennsylvania’s constitution, and why, for the purposes of doing business in the state, that federal court rulings that blur the rights of people and businesses do not apply.

“This court ruling is a significant development for the growing movement to restore democracy to the people,” said John Bonifaz, the co-founder and executive director of Free Speech For People, a national campaign launched on the day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC. “The ruling is the newest example of dissent within the judiciary to the fabricated doctrine of corporate constitutional rights. It will be held up for years to come as a powerful defense of the promise of American self-government: of, by, and for the people.”

To read the entire article, click here.
 

Debbie G. (314)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 10:25 am
Good for this judge and good for the people.
 

Jo S. (498)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 11:30 am
I hope it doesn't stop in PA. Good for them!
Thanks J L
Noted & shared.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 12:46 pm

Oh my, goodness the feathers are gonna fly. But since Texas has still not executed even one corporation, they just might not be people. Blue skies are still possible when ya see a decision like this.
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 12:51 pm
You are welcome Joanne. I'm hearing a Southern accent somehow Kit!
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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 12:56 pm

Yeah, it does slip through at times. Honey, this one is break out the beer, put up the chairs and dance. We just may still have a few decent judges. Lawdy!
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 2:06 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

NicoleAWAY W. (634)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 2:06 pm
very good, thank you JL
 

GGmaSheila D. (172)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 2:18 pm
Finally, a judge that hasn't been bought by the MagaCorps. I would love to send a big red stuffed heart with the words Thank You on it, from We, the People. Thank you JL also, I truly needed some good news today. Can't currently give Kit and JL another star...tho you both deserve it.
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 2:20 pm
You are welcome Nicole and GGma.
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Edwin M. (366)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 2:36 pm
This is fantastic news, thank you so much JL
 

Alison Jones (1)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 3:17 pm
Suh-weet!!!
 

Mike M. (55)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 3:21 pm
Well good news so far
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 4:12 pm
Thanks for the relevant links Terry! You are welcome Edwin and Terry.
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Roger Garin-michaud (68)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 4:19 pm
noted, thanks
 

Carol D. (109)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 5:03 pm
Too true People need to know exactly whats going on when their land is being desecrated and poisonous chemicals are escaping My God a person with some morals makes a change Normally even the legal people are bent when it suits them
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 5:06 pm
You are welcome Roger
 

Kathy B. (100)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 5:11 pm
Wow! I must be old, reading news like this makes me feel like a kid at Disneyland!
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 5:32 pm
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Vivian B. (155)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 5:51 pm
Talk about HAPPY DANCE!! This is outstanding!!! I am all for taking the judge out to a fine dinner of Corporate Hash! Maybe "Da Judge" will start a revolution in da oil punks!!
 

Marianne B. (113)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 9:16 pm
happy to hear this, thanks
 

Katie D. (86)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 11:10 pm
Such Good News! Hope it catches on FAST with other States!
Thank You JLA
 

Natasha Salgado (538)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 9:09 pm
YIPPEE!
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 10:02 pm
You are welcome Marianne, Bill and Katie.
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