Philly Police ID suspect in assault of Pa. Supreme Court justice

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty is hospitalized after being assaulted by a homeless man in Center City.

Police have identified the suspect who allegedly assaulted a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice in Center City.

James Paulk, 26, faces simple assault and reckless endangering charges.

Labor leader John Dougherty confirmed that his brother, Justice Kevin Dougherty, was assaulted Friday night as he walked toward City Hall. He said his brother was fine and the attack appeared to be random.

Police said a man blocked the path of the judge and two others, asked for money and then hit the judge in the face. Dougherty was taken to a hospital and treated for a possible concussion.

An hour earlier, a subway passenger had reported being attacked by a man.

His mother, Delores Paulk, told the Associated Press that her son has been treated for years with schizophrenia but was "not a bad person."
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