January 24, 2014 |
COMMON PLEAS Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who has made headlines and stirred controversy with her rulings in criminal court, has been transferred to civil court. Sarmina, who has been on the state bench since 1998, begins her new assignment Monday. She is on vacation and was not available for comment, her office said. Sarmina, 61, requested the transfer, according to Common Pleas Administrative Judge John Herron. She became one of the city's highest-profile judges when she presided over a number of headline-grabbing cases.
January 5, 2014 |
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia for the first time yesterday confirmed that it paid the $25,000 needed to bail out Monsignor William Lynn so that he could be released from state prison while prosecutors appeal his recently overturned conviction for child endangerment. In a statement yesterday, Archbishop Charles Chaput said the decision to provide the $25,000, or 10 percent of Lynn's $250,000 bail, was made at "my direction. " "Monsignor Lynn remains on administrative leave," Chaput said.
December 31, 2013 |
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams is taking an appeals-court ruling to the state Supreme Court in attempt to keep Monsignor William Lynn behind bars. But Lynn - whose felony child-endangerment conviction was overturned in state Superior Court last week - could walk free any day this week by posting 10 percent of $250,000 bail, which was granted yesterday by Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina. "We can say with great confidence that the way the Superior Court read this law is not how this law is supposed to work," Williams said during a news conference yesterday.
December 30, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Prosecuting Msgr. William J. Lynn was never going to be an open-and-shut case. As far back as 2005, after scores of alleged victims told a grand jury about being abused by Philadelphia-area priests, prosecutors were divided over whether criminal charges would stick against the archdiocese's former secretary for clergy. "Every prosecutor who looked at it could say, factually, these guys were endangering children," said Will Spade, an assistant district attorney at the time.
December 28, 2013 |
Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse said Thursday that the dismissal of Msgr. William Lynn's conviction on child-endangerment charges was nothing short of a travesty of justice. "What a disgrace," Marita Green, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Voice of the Faithful, a group of activist Catholics, said in a statement. "I don't care whose 'orders' Lynn followed, whether [Cardinals] Bevilaqua's, Krol's, or even O'Hara's. It is appalling that the laws in the state of Pennsylvania have been so ineffective that none of these enablers, facilitators, and cover-upers have gone to jail.
November 2, 2013 |
Police have arrested on child-endangerment charges two Upper Darby women who they say kept two young boys barricaded in a roach-infested house. The boys, ages 8 and 9, had not been to school in months, had no clean clothing, and had not eaten in about two days, Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said Thursday. They could not tell police where they were or even their own names. Chitwood said Delaware County Children and Youth Services workers had visited the home, on the 8000 block of Lennox Road, at least a half-dozen times in recent months, and no one answered the door.
October 9, 2013 |
A Chalfont couple have lost custody of their children and are awaiting a criminal trial on child-endangerment charges after their 1-year-old son became sick from ingesting drugs, authorities said. Steven Aprigliano, 48, and Jennifer Jackson, 32, are also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after Bucks County detectives raided their Butler Avenue home and found baggies that were allegedly used to transport heroin, according to court documents. The child-endangerment charges accuse the parents of exposing their 1-year-old and 5-year-old boys to opiates.
September 29, 2013 |
THE PHILADELPHIA parents on trial for beating and starving their 6-year-old son to death were found guilty of third-degree murder yesterday. Tina Cuffie, 45, and Latiff Hadi, 50, will each receive more than 20 years in prison when they are sentenced on Nov. 26. Judge Barbara McDermott, who presided over the three-day, nonjury trial, also found both guilty of conspiracy and child endangerment. For the brutal way in which the couple killed their son, Khalil Wimes, prosecutors Carolyn Naylor and Edward McCann had sought first-degree murder convictions, which would have meant life sentences for the couple.
August 14, 2013 |
A PHILADELPHIA jury needed just three hours yesterday to convict a woman of third-degree murder in the July 2011 beating death of her 3-year-old godson. Nadera Batson, 24, who showed little emotion during her four-day trial, began to shake and muffled her cries with her hands as the jury foreman read the verdict. The Common Pleas jury also found her guilty of criminal conspiracy, child endangerment and possession of an instrument of crime. Batson could receive up to 92 years in state prison for her role in the torture death of Jaquinn Brewton, Assistant District Attorney Bridget Kirn said.
August 11, 2013 |
Pennsylvania's Superior Court has set Sept. 17 for oral arguments on the appeal by Msgr. William J. Lynn, convicted last year of child endangerment for his role supervising Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children. A letter setting the date was filed Monday by the intermediate court for criminal and civil appeals. The hearing will be in Philadelphia before a three-judge panel. Lynn's conviction was a landmark: He became the first church official criminally charged for his role supervising Catholic priests accused of child sexual abuse.