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January 22, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday adopted a new ethics standard for judges, as it ruled that two lower-court jurists who dined with a longtime friend who had been indicted had compromised judicial integrity by creating an appearance of partiality. The high court did not impose sanctions on the two, but made clear that going forward, such behavior would face punishment. The judges had argued that the earlier standard used to evaluate their conduct was too subjective.
SPORTS
January 22, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The leading scorer in the history of the Palestra decided it was time for a comeback. After almost two years on the disabled list, Jack Scheuer put on his New Balance sneakers and tucked his T-shirt into his Penn basketball shorts. He'd gotten to the Palestra before anyone else late Wednesday morning to get some extra shots in. Jack is 82, by the way. He'd earned his leading-scorer designation long ago, a couple of knee operations back, since he's the veteran of regular Wednesday lunchtime pickup games, since "probably 1975," Scheuer said.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
An unlicensed doctor convicted of fraud and conspiracy in the trial of West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell should have been tried separately because of Gosnell's notoriety, a Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled. In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, a three-judge panel of Superior Court granted a new trial to Eileen O'Neill, 58, of Phoenixville. The charges against Gosnell - the 73-year-old was found guilty of murdering three infants born alive in illegal late-term abortions - made it impossible for a jury to fairly consider the case against her, the court ruled.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IN A HARROWING 9-1-1 call played in court yesterday, a Northeast Philadelphia father can be heard screaming that a man was in his daughter's bedroom. In a panic-stricken voice, Charles Jordan, 41, begs the dispatcher to send help. He is then heard yelling at the man in the room, "Stay down! I told you, down!" Jordan, who lived with his 20-year-old daughter, Brenda, in an apartment on Axe Factory Road near Stamford Street, told the dispatcher he owns a .38-caliber gun, and is heard yelling to the other man: "I'm telling you, don't move!
SPORTS
January 21, 2015 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
DERRICK MILLER stood beneath one scoreboard, while his sister Gloria, tears streaming, was stationed under the other. Surrounded by several of their basketball "siblings" yesterday, the only two biological children of Vince Miller - the late, beloved Frankford coach - had just unveiled banners in their father's memory. "Welcome to the Vince Miller Memorial Court," the banners read, in part. The dedication came before Frankford defeated Sankofa, 67-58, yesterday behind 22 points from Demetrius White and eight assists from Quadire Truesdale.
SPORTS
January 21, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Derrick Miller stood beneath one scoreboard while his sister, Gloria, tears streaming, was stationed under the other. Surrounded by several of their basketball "siblings" on Monday, the only two biological children of Vince Miller, the late, beloved Frankford coach, had just unveiled banners in their father's memory. "Welcome to the Vince Miller Memorial Court," the banners read, in part. The dedication came before Frankford defeated Sankofa, 67-58, Monday behind 22 points from Demetrius White and eight assists from Quadire Truesdale.
NEWS
January 18, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Sharpe James, the former mayor of Newark and New Jersey state senator, violated campaign-finance laws when he used tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to pay legal fees in response to a 2006-07 federal criminal investigation, a state appeals court affirmed Friday. James, a Democrat who served as mayor from 1986 to 2006 and as a senator from 1999 to 2008, was indicted in July 2007 by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy, embezzlement, and fraud. Accused of using city-issued credit cards to fund personal vacations and using his power to sell city land to a friend in a sweetheart deal, he was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to 27 months in federal prison.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FEDERAL JUDGE yesterday sentenced a former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge, convicted of perjury in a ticket-fixing case, to a year and eight months in prison. Michael Lowry, 59, of Mayfair, and three other judges who served on Traffic Court were convicted by a federal jury in July of lying to a grand jury or to the FBI. All four defendants and three others were acquitted of conspiracy, mail- and wire-fraud charges. The sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel to Lowry was at the high end of his 15- to 21-month advisory-sentencing-guideline range.
SPORTS
January 16, 2015 | BY JOHN MATISZ, For the Daily News
TORONTO - Jason Richardson is literally counting down the days. The veteran of 838 regular-season games has been keeping track of exactly how long it's been since he competed in the NBA. Sunday marks 2 full years of sitting on the bench nursing ankle and knee injuries. "It's the longest in my life I've gone without basketball," a relaxed Richardson told reporters prior to tipoff last night. Back sprinting, with his surgically repaired knee "responding well," Richardson is eyeing a February return to the Sixers.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
As he faced sentencing on a perjury charge Wednesday, former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Michael Lowry sought to convince a federal court of one of his most firmly held beliefs: He was different. His lies before a grand jury were not as bad as those that sent two of his colleagues to prison, his lawyers argued. His participation in Traffic Court's culture of ticket-fixing for the politically connected was somehow less severe, they said. But U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel left little doubt Wednesday as to how convincing he found those distinctions.
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