March 17, 2010 |
OPRAH IS COMING to Philadelphia. But not to give away cars. The talk-show queen and owner of much of the free world is expected at the end of March for court and could spend two weeks here defending a defamation case linked to a sex-abuse scandal at her South African girls' school. The trial is set to start March 29. Oprah's attorneys say in recent filings that she must attend as a named defendant and has rearranged her TV- production schedule to do so. It also appears likely that she'll testify.
May 2, 1987 |
Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker yesterday postponed indefinitely the scheduled May 12 promotions of an estimated 100 police officers because of a continuing legal battle. Tucker notified police over the department's computer network that the promotions were in limbo "in view of the fact that the Commonwealth Court has failed to render a final decision in the Bonner case. " Lt. James Bonner is one of seven police lieutenants seeking to retain that rank after being promoted from sergeant.
March 30, 1988 |
An associate of former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Kenneth S. Harris was convicted yesterday by a federal court jury of extorting $500 in 1986 from a defendant in a drug case that was assigned to Harris. The maximum sentence that the defendant, Thomas Henshaw, 56, of the 3600 block of North 11th Street, could receive is 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. U.S. District Judge Louis C. Bechtle scheduled sentencing for May 17. Henshaw, who was convicted on the single count of extortion after the jury deliberated for about two hours yesterday and Monday, is the fifth person convicted as a result of a federal and local investigation of case-fixing in Harris' courtroom during 1986.
February 9, 2000 |
Clay Caldwell, 36, killed his 40-year-old former girlfriend to keep her from testifying against him at a pending assault trial, said the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Terri Domsky said Caldwell broke into Cheryl Goldsby's Lawndale home and beat and stabbed her to death on Jan. 12. Caldwell's trial for assaulting Goldsby was scheduled for later this month. Domsky said that after the brutal murder, Caldwell, of Bailey Street near Montgomery Avenue, stole pictures depicting the bruises on Goldsby's face from the beating he allegedly inflicted on her last Oct. 28. Homicide Detective Raleigh Witcher said Goldsby's wallet, personal papers and car were also stolen.
September 15, 1988 |
Patsy and Gerard Tinnelly were so sure their demoliton company had won a multimillion-dollar contract to dismantle an outmoded power station in 1985 that they stopped taking on new work. The job did not go to the Tinnellys' company, however, even though it was the low bidder. Instead, Northern Ireland Electric, a state-run utility, mysteriously awarded the lucrative contract to a shaky Scottish company that soon went bankrupt. Bigotry on the part of Protestant-dominated unions at the power station was to blame, say the brothers, who are Catholic.
June 23, 2010
THANKS TO Christine Flowers for her brilliant June 18 column on the Boy Scouts. I've been working with the scouts for years, and it's truly an incredible program for boys. If people could only see from the inside out - the learning and building of such great citizens that takes place - they would have a totally different view. Jerry Rafter, Wallingford Why doesn't the city simply sell the property to the Boy Scouts? Everybody would win. The city wins by making money on the sale and collecting property taxes in future years.
May 13, 2011 |
A patent case decided in federal court Thursday spoke as much to the shifting sands of corporate alignment as it did about the arcane issues of infringement on the formula for the muscle relaxant Amrix. The case began in 2008 and pitted two groups of companies. One group included Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc., which as major operations in North Wales. The other side included Cephalon Inc., which has its headquarters in Frazer. Last month, Teva bought Cephalon. Teva's group came out ahead with U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson in Wilmington.
March 9, 2001 |
Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will determine what happens to seven frozen embryos remaining from a marriage that ended in divorce. It is a case that joins two of the worst aspects of American culture - the collapse of marriage and an idolatrous obsession with technology - with the greatest affliction of our political life: turning over decisions on crucial moral issues to unelected judges. In 1992, J.B. and M.B (their identities have not been disclosed in the case)
March 3, 2002 |
You have to do a little looking to find the Ten Commandments. They hang on an outside wall of the Chester County Courthouse in West Chester, on a worn bronze plaque 6 feet high. A fixture since 1920, when a church group put it there, the plaque has gotten scant attention from passersby, perhaps because it is set among bronzed signs also bearing commandments: "No Smoking" and "No Skateboarding. " But a 72-year-old atheist named Sally Flynn noticed it. Last summer, she summoned the American Civil Liberties Union to sue the county on her behalf to remove the plaque.
June 21, 1999 |
Virtua-Memorial Hospital Burlington County, which twice failed to win township approval for a $17 million expansion, will return to the Zoning Board with plans. Virtua-Memorial officials had appealed to the Law Division of state Superior Court in Mount Holly after township officials in April rejected the expansion for a second time. The hospital said construction of a three-story intensive-care unit was up against time constraints, prompting the court appeal last month. But because of promising settlement discussions with township representatives, the court case is on hold.