November 15, 2014 |
A JURY yesterday awarded $45 million to Tamara Breeden, one of four mentally disabled victims rescued from a squalid Tacony dungeon in 2011, after hearing evidence that she had been kidnapped, starved, beaten and prostituted for 10 years. Breeden, 33, told the panel on Wednesday that Linda Ann Weston forced her to use a bucket when she needed to go to the bathroom, made her drink her own urine, knocked her teeth out with a hammer, beat her with a metal bat, took her babies away and barely fed her. The Common Pleas jury spent one hour, 20 minutes deliberating before awarding $40 million in compensatory damages against Weston and two other defendants, said Steven Wigrizer, Breeden's lawyer.
May 23, 2014 |
WHILE ATTORNEYS for men connected to the Jerry Sandusky case advocated for their clients' reputations in a City Hall courtroom yesterday, veterans without jobs or housing fought in a very different way for their reputations at a Veterans Resource Fair six floors below in City Hall's courtyard. The sounds of former soldiers looking for work carried up those six floors and into the fancy courtroom, at times drowning out the voices of lawyers for former Penn State University president Graham Spanier and former FBI director Louis Freeh.
May 1, 2014 |
IN THE HOT SEAT yesterday at Philly rapper Meek Mill's civil trial in federal court: now-fired cop Andre Boyer. Mill, 26, is suing the city, Boyer and police Officer Alvin Outlaw. He contends he was unjustly stopped and arrested by cops on Oct. 31, 2012, when they pulled him over in his Range Rover on Girard Avenue near 10th Street, then cuffed and detained him at a police district for hours. Dennis Cogan, Mill's lead attorney, called Boyer, 47, to the stand. Boyer, dressed in an electric-blue suit, testified that he, Outlaw and Officer Michael Vargas stopped the SUV because of its heavily tinted windows - "so dark you could not see in," he said.
July 20, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's anti-illegal immigration patrols are taking center stage in federal court in Phoenix. A lawyer for a group of Latinos who filed a civil lawsuit against his department said in opening statements Thursday that the evidence will show that Arpaio and his deputies racially profiled Hispanics. "It's our view that the problem starts at the top," attorney Stan Young said. Tim Casey, who is defending Arpaio, said the patrols were properly planned out and executed and exceeded police standards.
June 26, 2012 |
THE JURY was entirely nameless and mostly faceless. There was the young kid who put on a dress shirt and a necktie every day, and the disheveled dude and his T-shirts, and the woman who got sick and had to be replaced, and the high-school teacher whose identity was eventually divined by reporters based upon his jury questionnaire — but they were largely just anonymous people, mostly middle-aged, some avid note-takers and some not, some outwardly engaged...
May 7, 2012 |
In the nearly two years since their children drowned in the Delaware River, the families of Dora Schwendtner and Szabolcs Prem have grown close. They had never met before the summer of 2010, when Dora, 16, and Szabolcs, 20, came to Philadelphia as part of a church-sponsored cross-cultural trip. But on July 7 that year, after a barge overran the Ride the Ducks tour boat, which had been anchored with engine trouble in the middle of a shipping lane, the families were thrown together by tragedy.
March 7, 2012 |
HOUSTON - Former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford, whose financial empire once spanned the Americas and made him fabulously wealthy, was convicted Tuesday of bilking his investors out of more than $7 billion through a Ponzi scheme he operated for 20 years. A day after telling U.S. District Judge David Hittner they were having trouble reaching a verdict, jurors convicted Stanford on 13 of 14 charges he faced, acquitting him on a single count of wire fraud stemming from Super Bowl tickets he allegedly used to bribe a regulator.
September 8, 2011 |
FORMER JUNIOR welterweight champion Arturo Gatti was murdered 2 years ago in Brazil, a panel of forensic-evidence experts said yesterday in New Jersey as it presented the results of a 10-month investigation initiated to challenge the official version that Gatti committed suicide. "This case must be reopened if authorities in Brazil have an iota of moral, ethical and legal concern for their reputation," said noted forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht, who termed the version produced by the initial criminal investigation "pure, unadulterated fiction.
August 26, 2011 |
A Delaware County jury has ordered Riddle Memorial Hospital and two physicians to pay more than $3.8 million in damages to the husband of a 52-year-old Media woman after finding that the doctors were negligent in her death. Janice Heffner, the co-owner of an eyeglasses manufacturing business in Media, died of a blood infection on Oct. 26, 2007, 14 hours after she was admitted to the hospital with severe stomach pains attributed at first to constipation. In the suit, Heffner's husband, William Heffner 3d, argued that Lawrence P. Wean and John A. Kotyo failed to treat his wife with the urgency that her condition demanded after it became clear that she was getting sicker.
August 3, 2011
Ex-mayor is out of Mich. prison JACKSON, Mich. - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick walked out of prison Tuesday, free on parole but facing a federal corruption trial that could send him back behind bars. Kilpatrick, 41, left the Southern Michigan Prison facility after serving more than a year for violating probation in a 2008 criminal case. He did not address reporters. In a statement ahead of his release, he said he would speak openly about his time behind bars after reuniting with his family.