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January 13, 1993 | By Diane Mastrull, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Robert Raymond Rambo, a mechanic who works nights at a trucking company outside San Francisco, was awakened about a week ago by pounding on his front door. Outside was a person from his South Jersey past: Washington Township Detective Sgt. James Fanelli. Lawrence Magid, a Gloucester County prosecutor, was with him. They wanted to talk about a murder. According to court records obtained yesterday, it was Rambo who led authorities to suspect Robert F. Brown in the August 1981 kidnapping and slaying of Karen Sewekow, the only daughter of a Medford Lakes insurance executive.
NEWS
October 26, 1989 | By Jodi Enda, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
The Casey administration is appealing a federal court order that it pay $7.5 million for programs for mentally retarded Philadelphians. At the same time, the administration is talking to city officials to determine whether it can fund the programs with money allocated to the city for other mental retardation services, said Vicki Smink, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Welfare. Smink and John A. Kane, chief counsel to the department, said yesterday that the administration hoped to settle the case out of court.
NEWS
November 10, 1989 | By Dianna Marder and Laurie Kalmanson, Special to The Inquirer
The feud between four Gloucester City officials and the city administrator intensified yesterday when the four Democrats won a court order barring the Republican administrator from copying or taking home city financial and personnel records. "I've gotten served with this thing and it's a waste of taxpayers' dollars. It's totally ridiculous, without merit and an attempt to discredit me," Gloucester City Administrator Gary Ruggierio said after the restraining order was signed by Camden County Superior Court Judge Paul A. Lowengrub.
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January 19, 1990 | By Carolyn Acker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Attorneys for the patients at Philadelphia State Hospital are seeking a federal court order that would force the state to resume discharging patients and developing programs for them in the community. The attorneys have also requested a court order requiring the state Department of Public Welfare to locate and provide care for 93 patients released from the hospital between April and November of 1988. The motions were filed Wednesday in a class-action suit on behalf of the patients before U.S. District Court Judge Edmund Ludwig.
NEWS
May 3, 1991 | By Henry Goldman, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the day that Police Commissioner Willie L. Williams announced he had obeyed a court order and demoted 14 of his commanders, the department's teletype sent out a directive from one of the officers that still identified him as a chief inspector. The order, dated April 30, was sent to all police division inspectors, requiring them to contribute manpower to Mayor Goode's Youth Summit, an event planned for May 14 at the Civic Center. The directive was sent by Richard Neal, who was identified as "chief inspector of the patrol bureau.
NEWS
September 6, 1997 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At 11:15 yesterday morning, Julieta Scannone, a visitor from Caracas, Venezuela, stood with her husband and two children in front of the tall iron gates of the Barnes Foundation. Instead of holding four entrance tickets, though, she clutched a copy of a court order a guard had handed her. "You know what this means," she said after scanning the two-page document. "It means you have to be lucky to get into the Barnes. " Yesterday, Scannone and her family were not among the lucky.
SPORTS
March 28, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
A woman who said she had an 18-year affair with Kirby Puckett obtained a court order barring him from having contact with her. Laura Nygren, of St. Louis Park, Minn., has accused the Hall of Famer who played for the Minnesota Twins of shoving her in his Bloomington condominium and threatening her. A judge is to decide at a hearing tomorrow if the temporary order will be made permanent. Puckett's lawyer, Beth Bryant, declined to comment. Dave St. Peter, Twins senior vice president for business affairs, said he does not comment on such matters.
NEWS
July 28, 1990 | By Howard Goodman, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a major rebuke to Philadelphia's prison administration, a Common Pleas Court panel yesterday quadrupled fines against the city to $20,000 a day for what it called a continuing failure to comply with court orders to improve conditions in the city jails. The three judges also ordered the forfeiture of more than $1 million of fine money already collected and being held in escrow. They said the funds should be spent on inmate needs ranging from drug-abuse treatment to recreation.
NEWS
March 5, 1987 | By Carolyn Acker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The father of Mary Beth Whitehead testified yesterday that she had told him of a court order requiring her to surrender Baby M shortly after she fled with the child for 87 days last year. The statement from Joseph Messer, 67, called into question Whitehead's testimony that she had not understood the events of May 5, when police attempted to enforce the order. It required Whitehead to give the baby girl temporarily to the baby's biological father, William Stern. During a hysterical scene at her home in Bricktown, Ocean County, Whitehead had managed to slip the baby through a bedroom window to her husband, Richard, who then escaped.
NEWS
October 23, 1991 | By Tina Kelley, Special to The Inquirer
In what they see as the only way to get heat for residents of the troubled Highland Park Apartments, Gloucester City officials yesterday got a court order enabling them to repair the heating system, which has been broken since April. "There's not a lot else we could have done," said Jim Maley, the city's solicitor. "We haven't gotten any explanation for why there's no heat. " The order was granted by U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Newark. The owner of the apartments, Ruth Abromowitz of Short Hills, declared bankruptcy on June 6. At the time, the city had been trying to have the 340-unit complex placed in receivership.
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August 25, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a Philadelphia man sentenced to die for the 1991 murder of a teenage girl who was killed for her earrings should be freed or granted a new trial because evidence suggesting his innocence was withheld by police and prosecutors. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit - with four of 13 judges dissenting - upheld a 2013 lower-court order that James A. Dennis, 45, be released or retried in the killing of 17-year-old Chedell Ray Williams by a robber who tore off her earrings and then shot her in the neck.
NEWS
July 23, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
A Delaware County judge has booted a Folcroft police officer out of his courtroom - forever. District Judge Steven A. Sandone filed a court order to recuse himself from "any and all matters" in which Sgt. Christopher Eiserman is a party or witness, according to court documents. "It is ridiculous," said Robert Ruskowski, chief of police in Folcroft. Efforts to reach Sandone were not successful. A woman at his office in neighboring Darby hung up witout taking a message. According to the "Standards of Conduct of Magisterial District Judges," Sandone is within the law to disqualify himself in which his impartiality might be questioned including if the judge ". . . has a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party or a party's lawyer . . . " The situation developed after Allen Burton, 23, was arrested by county and Folcroft police on drug and weapons charges, said Ruskowski.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
On Friday, two days before Paul Kuzan allegedly killed his new wife with a crossbow in their Northeast Philadelphia home, the couple traveled to Carbon County, Pa., for a court hearing. There, a judge granted a six-month extension on a protection-from-abuse order that Kuzan's ex-wife had filed against him June 13 on behalf of herself and their two children. Given the ruling, his ex-wife's father, Richard Orr, said, he was sure that Kuzan, 41, would try to kill his daughter and grandchildren.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
A $1 million sanction imposed on insurance defense lawyer Nancy Raynor because her witness gave precluded testimony in a medical-malpractice trial has been overturned by a Pennsylvania appellate court. The Superior Court panel found that the instructions of Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto were vague and left open the possibility that the testimony was permissible. The $1 million sanction, imposed on Raynor after a 2012 trial, caused an uproar in the Philadelphia bar, with many lawyers arguing that the fine was excessive and that it exposed lawyers to punishing sanctions for conduct by witnesses beyond their control.
NEWS
March 31, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
In a surprising twist, Stadium L.L.C.'s application to operate a casino hotel in South Philadelphia was sent back to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Tuesday by the state Supreme Court, which said the board must take a closer look at the company's ownership structure. The Gaming Control Board's approval of Stadium's application was appealed by casino operator SugarHouse HSP Gaming L.L.P. and by Market East Associates, which had sought the license to operate a casino in Center City.
NEWS
March 24, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Staff Writer
The judge hearing the criminal case against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Tuesday urged her to make public any argument that she had been selectively targeted for prosecution. Kane has asked for permission to file court papers under seal in Montgomery County arguing that she is a victim of "vindictive" and selective prosecution. Suggesting that she is caught between two courts, she has said a Philadelphia judge has indicated that she would violate a court order by bringing such an argument publicly.
NEWS
March 2, 2016
ISSUE | SECURITY VS. PRIVACY Apple is right to oppose court order Apple CEO Tim Cook should continue resisting FBI overtures to circumvent the company's encryption software ("CEO defends Apple's stance," Sunday). If the company gave in and wrote a software program to access the content of a single terrorist's iPhone, who could assure us that the master key to unlocking data of Apple iPhones worldwide would not be abused? What if the software got into a terrorist's hands? Would accessing the data of one terrorist, now deceased, be worth giving a terrorist organization the ability to access every iPhone, including those with highly classified information?
NEWS
February 20, 2016
ISSUE | SECURITY For Apple, it's about business Might I suggest that Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook's position ("Apple defies judge's order to unlock terrorist's phone," Thursday) has very little to do with security and much more to do with the bottom line? From the inception of telephone service two centuries ago, the government has had the ability to obtain a wiretap with a court order - and the sky hasn't fallen. This is not different. When the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one, the needs of the many should take precedence.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
The ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on Wednesday announced the settlement of a federal lawsuit over treatment delays for defendants who courts had ordered be given mental-health care. In an October lawsuit, the ACLU and its co-counsel, Arnold & Porter, alleged that severely mentally ill defendants languished in Pennsylvania's county jails, sometimes for more than a year, while awaiting treatment to restore competence, so they could stand trial. Under the settlement, Pennsylvania agreed to add nearly 200 treatment slots, including at least 50 in supportive housing in Philadelphia.
NEWS
January 9, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
For the second time in five months, a Chester County judge has dismissed a suit that the Coatesville Area School District brought against its former solicitor and his former law firm, alleging that they overbilled and provided unsound legal advice. Judge Jeffrey Sommer said the suit lacked specifics to support some of the district's claims, including its "broad allegations" of fraud. He said the case should have centered on breach of contract instead of alleging fraud and professional malpractice, according to a court order filed this week.
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