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November 7, 1994 | By William R. Macklin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the Rev. Audrey F. Bronson entered the Sanctuary Church of the Open Door yesterday, members of the congregation she founded 19 years ago rose to their feet, their voices melding in the triumphal words of a gospel hymn, "Oh What a Leader (God Has Given Us). " As she approached the altar, Ms. Bronson, dressed in an emerald green business suit showered with tiny sequins, turned and raised her arms wide as if to embrace all 400 souls who had come to commemorate her 50 years as a servant of the One she calls "my strength and provider.
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September 20, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia man was found guilty of felony murder Friday for the death of a bodega customer shot by his accomplice. Edward Friedland rejected a pretrial prosecution plea deal of 25 to 50 years in prison, hoping to be found guilty at trial of only wounding the owner of the La Familia Latina Mini Market in 2012. But Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson also found him guilty of second-degree murder under conspiracy law in the death of Rafael Del Valle, 26, a bodega customer who intervened in the robbery and was shot to death by Friedland's partner, Angel Nieves.
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March 17, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
BECAUSE NAFEAST FLAMER was just 17 when he murdered a man, he could have received a prison sentence that would have allowed him to be paroled after 35 years. But Flamer, now 25, is "incapable of rehabilitation" and is a "grave threat to the public," therefore he should never walk the streets again, Common Pleas Judge Glenn B. Bronson said yesterday. Bronson sentenced Flamer to life without parole for the murder of Allen Moment Jr., 24, who was shot and paralyzed in 2006 and died from infection in 2008.
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March 29, 1986 | By VINCE KASPER, Daily News Staff Writer
Renowned for its free-style worship, the Sanctuary Church of the Open Door resounded yesterday with spontaneous applause, unrestrained hosannas and songs of praise to the Lord. Accompanied by piano and tambourine, several worshipers, microphone in hand, sang impassioned solos. Like millions of worshipers worldwide, congregants at the West Philadelphia church this weekend were joyously remembering the resurrection of Jesus. But unlike most of their Christian counterparts, this Easter holds a special significance to members of the 11-year-old church, which was ravaged by arson in January.
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March 12, 2009 | By Vernon Clark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A veteran Center City personal-injury lawyer was sentenced yesterday to five to 10 years in prison for running an insurance-fraud scheme. H. Allen Litt, 59, was also ordered by Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn Bronson to pay a $100,000 fine and $67,000 in restitution. In issuing the sentence, Bronson said the brazenness of Litt's crimes was outrageous. Litt was convicted last month on one count of dealing in the proceeds of illegal activity, six counts of insurance fraud, nine counts of theft by deception, and two counts of attempted theft by deception.
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February 17, 1987 | By Richard Burke, Inquirer Staff Writer
A government prosecutor yesterday described "an elaborate scheme" in which the bookmaking operation of Joseph V. Mastronardo Jr. and the Center City office of Shearson Lehman Bros. Inc. "combined forces" to defraud the U.S. government by laundering more than $1.1 million in illegal gambling profits. Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn B. Bronson said each was an "essential participant" in the scheme and that Shearson, the nation's third-largest investment banking and brokerage firm, was the "key to the success of the conspiracy" and the "last link" in the money-laundering chain.
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November 26, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge has loosened - but not lifted - an order barring comment from lawyers and witnesses in the criminal trial over last year's deadly collapse of a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City. Rather than a "blanket order" prohibiting any out-of-court comments to reporters, requested by the District Attorney's Office, Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson said Monday that he would rely on the section of the American Bar Association's professional code for lawyers dealing with trial publicity.
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August 29, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Luis "Bebe" Soto - accused of being the gunman who shot and killed a young woman, and wounded his own brother and two other men at the culmination of a chaotic Kensington neighborhood street fight in 2013 - may testify in his defense Friday when his Philadelphia murder trial resumes. Defense attorney Jack McMahon said Thursday he thought it likely the 27-year-old Soto would testify when Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega finishes questioning his final witness. The approaching end of testimony comes after two tumultuous days in which witnesses had to be threatened with contempt to testify as they complained of threats and intimidation, and McMahon, Vega, and Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson clashed in several angry courtroom confrontations.
NEWS
January 13, 1986 | By TYREE JOHNSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Police believe an arsonist set the five-alarm fire that heavily damaged the Sanctuary Church of the Open Door last Friday morning, according to the church's pastor. The Rev. Audrey Bronson said last night that police reported that they believe someone removed a grate on the outside of a window of her study "and threw something inside" that led to the fire. Bronson added that police said piles of papers were stacked against her study door in an interior passage that connects the study to a waiting room of the church on Walnut Street near 59th in West Philadelphia.
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December 10, 1988 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Oak Lane man who was one of six people indicted in September on charges of making fraudulent accident claims against SEPTA changed his plea from not guilty to guilty yesterday during a hearing in U.S. District Court. Hyford E. Myers, 36, of the 7100 block of North 20th Street, acknowledged that he had falsely claimed to have been injured in an Oct. 16, 1984, accident aboard the Route 23 trolley. Myers also admitted that he was not on the trolley when the collision occurred.
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January 10, 2016 | BY JOSEPH A. SLOBODZIAN, Staff Writer
FOR 28 MINUTES on yesterday, demolition contractor Griffin Campbell tried to convince a city judge that the Center City collapse that killed six people and injured 13 was an accident, that he really was sorry, and that he deserved a "fair chance . . . to prove to you, your honor, the person that I am. " Nevertheless, Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson sentenced Campbell to 15 to 30 years for his role in the June 5, 2013, Salvation Army thrift store catastrophe....
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December 13, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge on Friday denied an emergency motion to vacate the guilty verdict of Griffin Campbell - the demolition contractor in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse - for what Campbell's lawyer argued was "selective racial prosecution. " Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson rejected defense lawyer William D. Hobson's motion on procedural grounds: Court rules require that such a motion be made before trial, not after the verdict. Bronson said he would permit Hobson to try to prove his allegation at a hearing after the 51-year-old North Philadelphia contractor is sentenced Jan. 8. Hobson filed his "motion for extraordinary relief" Thursday, contending that the county grand jury investigation that led to charges against Campbell and excavator operator Sean Benschop was supervised by Assistant District Attorney Frank Fina.
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September 20, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia man was found guilty of felony murder Friday for the death of a bodega customer shot by his accomplice. Edward Friedland rejected a pretrial prosecution plea deal of 25 to 50 years in prison, hoping to be found guilty at trial of only wounding the owner of the La Familia Latina Mini Market in 2012. But Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson also found him guilty of second-degree murder under conspiracy law in the death of Rafael Del Valle, 26, a bodega customer who intervened in the robbery and was shot to death by Friedland's partner, Angel Nieves.
NEWS
August 29, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Luis "Bebe" Soto - accused of being the gunman who shot and killed a young woman, and wounded his own brother and two other men at the culmination of a chaotic Kensington neighborhood street fight in 2013 - may testify in his defense Friday when his Philadelphia murder trial resumes. Defense attorney Jack McMahon said Thursday he thought it likely the 27-year-old Soto would testify when Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega finishes questioning his final witness. The approaching end of testimony comes after two tumultuous days in which witnesses had to be threatened with contempt to testify as they complained of threats and intimidation, and McMahon, Vega, and Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson clashed in several angry courtroom confrontations.
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August 28, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
"I DID NOT want to come here today," Madeline Soberal said, shaking her head and crying while seated on the witness stand yesterday. It was the first day of the murder trial for Luis Soto, 27, accused of fatally shooting Soberal's friend Amanda Martinez, 21, and shooting and injuring three men on a Kensington street on April 9, 2013. Soberal was so fearful of taking the stand that Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson had considered clearing the courtroom of spectators prior to her testimony.
NEWS
August 22, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Convicted Valentine's Day killer Shaun Warrick was sentenced to two consecutive life prison terms without parole Thursday after a Philadelphia jury deadlocked on whether he should get the death penalty for killing his ex-girlfriend and her cousin. The Common Pleas Court jury of six women and six men deliberated on a death sentence for about three hours before telling Judge Glenn B. Bronson it could not decide. On Wednesday, the same jury found Warrick guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the 2011 shootings of his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Barnhill, 19, and her cousin Marcedes Ivery, 22. Under Pennsylvania law, a jury's inability to vote unanimously for death means a default sentence of life without parole.
NEWS
May 4, 2015
Shelby Lynne I Can't Imagine (Rounder ***) Shelby Lynne was already a veteran when she won the Best New Artist Grammy for 1999's I Am Shelby Lynne. But the deserved acclaim for that album, which last year was reissued in a deluxe edition, did not translate into long-term mainstream success, and Lynne has settled into a career as an outsider. I Can't Imagine, her 13th album (not including a Christmas collection), is another in a string of earthy, forceful roots records.
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February 27, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rachel Pedroso did not make eye contact with her father Wednesday when she stepped into Courtroom 1007. There is no accepted method to greet a man invisible for 23 years, especially one soon to be convicted of first-degree murder. She cried on the witness stand. She fidgeted with her purse. And she said she could not remember details from the night of June 21, 1992, when Santiago Pedroso shot Delores Alvarez - the woman he was convinced had taken up with his ex-wife - in front of his then-17-year-old daughter in a crowded Germantown restaurant.
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January 18, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The demolition contractor charged in the deadly 2013 collapse of a Center City building wants access to the files of all of the city agencies that opened inquiries into the catastrophe. But a Common Pleas Court judge ruled Friday that he should not expect to get those documents from prosecutors. Judge Glenn B. Bronson said prosecutors had no obligation to share investigative material produced by agencies other than law enforcement, such as the mayor's office, under pretrial evidence-sharing rules.
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