Lawrence Richette, author and reporter

Posted: January 02, 2014

Lawrence A. Richette, 54, a reporter and author who gained notoriety when he was accused of assaulting his mother, Common Pleas Court Judge Lisa A. Richette, died Monday, Dec. 16, at his home in Southwest Center City.

The cause of death is still pending, according to Carto Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements.

Prosecutors withdrew the 2007 assault case. But Mr. Richette had several other run-ins with the law.

He was the only child of the judge, who died of lung cancer two months after her son's assault arrest, and her husband, Lawrence J., a lawyer who died in 1986.

Shortly after the arrest, Mr. Richette, dressed in a bathrobe at his home, flashed a TV news reporter, and video of the incident spread quickly on the Internet.

He was a freelancer and then a staff reporter at Philadelphia City Paper during the 1980s and wrote about the aftermath of the 1985 MOVE bombing. He later served as the weekly's political editor.

Mr. Richette self-published various books, including a fictionalized account of the MOVE bombing. He sometimes was active in Democratic politics.

In author biographies, he described himself as having been educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Episcopal Academy, Yale College, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

He reportedly had no survivors.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at St. Patrick Church, 242 S. 20th St. A visitation will follow the service.


bmoran@phillynews.com

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