- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Officials say Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty was treated at a hospital after an assault by a panhandler in Center City Philadelphia.

Police said a subway passenger reported being attacked Friday evening by a man who appeared to be talking to himself. An hour later, a man blocked the path of Dougherty and two companions, asked for money, and then hit the justice in the face. Police said Dougherty was taken to a hospital for treatment of a possible concussion.

Dougherty’s brother, labor leader John Dougherty, said Justice Dougherty was all right and the attack appeared random.

Twenty-six-year-old James Paulk faces simple assault and reckless endangering charges. His mother, Delores Paulk, said her son has been treated for years for schizophrenia but was “not a bad person.”

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