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March 9, 2005 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Retired Oakland Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski nearly came to tears on the witness stand yesterday as he explained the difficulty of being a family man and somebody who plays a "violent, violent game. " Romanowski, who played 16 years in the NFL, including two with the Eagles, is the defendant in a civil trial. He is accused of punching tight end Marcus Williams during practice, ending the 27-year-old's short-lived NFL career and causing brain damage when his eye socket was crushed.
NEWS
September 7, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Sometime Tuesday morning, 120 Philadelphians will be led into City Hall's Courtroom 253, where a judge and lawyers will select 12 jurors to decide who - if anyone - should pay the victims and survivors of the most epic municipal disaster since the 1985 MOVE bombing. It's styled "In re: Market Street Collapse," suggested last week by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina as a neutral title to avoid singling out any person or organization as a target for blame. To the public, however, it's the "Salvation Army collapse case" - a score of consolidated civil lawsuits filed on behalf of the six people killed and 13 injured on the morning of June 5, 2013, when an unbraced three- to four-story brick wall at a demolition site toppled and flattened the Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market Streets.
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August 20, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
After two false starts in the personal-injury lawsuit against Dallas Cowboys star Deion Sanders, the civil trial opened yesterday with jury selection and opening statements in a Cincinnati courtroom. Sanders is being sued for $1 million by Riverfront Stadium security guard Herbert Kohus over a dispute after a Cincinnati Reds game two years ago. Judge Robert Kraft of Hamilton County Common Pleas Court delayed the trial twice last week after Sanders didn't show and then "had urgent family matters" that prevented him from coming.
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May 21, 2011 | By REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
After months and months - 32 to be exact - of filing endless motions, of sanctions, of wild accusations and testy depositions, the celebrity TV-anchor case of Alycia Lane v. Larry Mendte got raptured up yesterday. Well, something like that. Actually, the case of Lane v. Mendte and CBS Broadcasting was merely put on hold again, thanks to a last-minute stay moments before jury selection was to proceed in the much-anticipated civil trial involving the former CBS 3 co-anchors. "We were ready to go," said Lane's attorney, Paul Rosen.
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May 16, 2000 | By Jon Stenzler, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
It was a holiday tradition turned tragic. For more than a decade, members of the Chesilhurst Volunteer Fire Company would ride through the borough in a fire truck and hand out candy canes to children. On the evening of Dec. 23, 1997, that tradition came to an end when an 11-year-old boy was struck and killed by a sport-utility vehicle while crossing a street to join two friends after receiving his treat. Now, almost 2 1/2 years after Noreen and Charles Robinson lost their only child, Charles Jr., they hope their lawsuit accusing the borough and its officials of negligence will help ease their pain and clarify the facts of the accident.
NEWS
December 8, 2000 | By L. Stuart Ditzen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Common Pleas Court judge ruled yesterday that a Philadelphia woman received a fair civil trial two years ago even though the trial judge presiding over her case talked on the phone, walked around the courtroom, and climbed on a table in front of the jury. Judge Alfred J. DiBona Jr., who had the unusual task of sitting in judgment of a colleague, said in a 17-page opinion that retired Judge Marvin R. Halbert's behavior did not interfere with proceedings during the 1998 trial. DiBona noted that Halbert's conduct "may be deemed unconventional.
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July 16, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia judge who presided over the landmark 2012 Catholic clergy sex-abuse trial has been assigned to handle what is expected to be the biggest civil trial in years - the Sept. 6 trial of lawsuits from the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse. Court records show Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina was assigned Thursday to preside over what is expected to be a four-week jury trial of suits against real estate speculator Richard Basciano, several of his companies, the Salvation Army, and others on behalf of six people killed and 13 injured June 5, 2013.
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July 29, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge has denied a motion by lawyers for real estate speculator Richard Basciano to move the Sept. 6 civil trial in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse out of Southeastern Pennsylvania because of pretrial publicity. The one-page order, without explanation, was filed Tuesday by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina. She is the newly appointed trial judge for the consolidated lawsuits resulting from the June 13, 2013, collapse of an unsupported and partly demolished wall.
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July 29, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge has denied a motion by lawyers for real estate speculator Richard Basciano to move the Sept. 6 civil trial in the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse out of Southeastern Pennsylvania because of pretrial publicity. The one-page order, without explanation, was filed Tuesday by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina. She is the newly appointed trial judge for the consolidated lawsuits resulting from the June 13, 2013, collapse of an unsupported and partly demolished wall.
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July 16, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia judge who presided over the landmark 2012 Catholic clergy sex-abuse trial has been assigned to handle what is expected to be the biggest civil trial in years - the Sept. 6 trial of lawsuits from the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse. Court records show Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina was assigned Thursday to preside over what is expected to be a four-week jury trial of suits against real estate speculator Richard Basciano, several of his companies, the Salvation Army, and others on behalf of six people killed and 13 injured June 5, 2013.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
In 2014, Kareem Alleyne was acquitted of killing an off-duty Philadelphia police officer by hitting him with his car. On Monday, Alleyne's lawyers told a jury that he never should have been charged with vehicular homicide in the first place. They said police investigators overlooked or downplayed damning evidence against their deceased colleague, including that the officer, Marc Brady, had been stalking and harassing Alleyne for dating his ex-girlfriend. "They had made up their minds," said lawyer Lori Mach.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Salma's canine rage Salma Hayek is deeply distressed and angry that police in the Washington state hamlet where she keeps a ranch have closed their investigation into the shooting death of Mozart Hayek without making an arrest, TMZ says. Mozart, a 9-year-old pet dog, was shot and killed by a neighbor for allegedly trespassing on the adjoining property. The actor was so determined to investigate the death, she had a necropsy performed. Death was caused by a pellet gun. Hayek insists Mozart never crossed onto the other property, but the caretaker of her ranch told cops that's not strictly true.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
When Mark Calzaretta watches a jury hearing evidence in a high-stakes lawsuit, it isn't necessarily an impartial panel of citizen peers he sees. Rather, Calzaretta sees 10 human beings with emotional biases that, if studied diligently, can help lawyers predict with startling accuracy the outcome of a case, often before it is tried. Calzaretta is a founding member of Magna Legal Services, a Center City firm that specializes in modeling juror behavior for lawyers who want to squeeze every advantage out of their arguments.
NEWS
February 6, 2016
Rafael Robb, the former University of Pennsylvania professor sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for killing his wife in their Upper Merion home in 2006, is again coming up for parole - and stirring a new round of opposition. Ellen Gregory Robb's family members, who have successfully argued in the past to reverse a parole board decision to release Robb, plan to renew their concerns in a meeting with the board next Tuesday. "We will collectively show that Robb remains controlling, manipulative, and unremorseful for his horrific actions," her brother Gary Gregory said in a statement Thursday.
NEWS
February 5, 2016
BILL COSBY'S LUCK ran out on a dark and rainy Wednesday in a Norristown courthouse. He lost the legal battle, but I suspect, unhappily, that he will win the war. Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill nixed Cosby's motion to dismiss the sexual-assault charges brought against him in December. The 78-year-old entertainer argued that he was shielded by a promise to not prosecute made a decade ago by then-Montgomery County D.A. Bruce Castor. My colleague Jenice Armstrong fumed Wednesday that Castor didn't prosecute Cos and seemed to be blaming the victim.
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