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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.
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.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the latest twist on the continuing legal tangle over whether workers are defined as employees or independent contractors, the New Jersey Supreme Court said Wednesday that workers are considered to be employees unless the company can prove otherwise. The case, filed in 2010 in federal court in New Jersey, was closely-watched by business owners and unions. Three New Jersey men, two from the area, who delivered Sleepy's mattresses contended they were improperly classified as independent contractors, causing them to lose benefits and forcing them to cover expenses that should have been paid by Sleepy's L.L.C.
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.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By Amy Worden and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - An unprecedented number of vacancies on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has touched off a stampede of candidates for hotly contested races that will determine party control of the high court. A recent count shows at least 16 prospects lining up for the May primary, all vying for three seats left open by retirement and scandal-tainted departures. Not since the court was created in the early 18th century have there been as many vacancies on the seven-member bench at one time.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Superior Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Carl R. Greene, former head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, of a lower court's dismissal of a libel suit he filed against The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. Greene was required to pay for a hearing transcript to proceed with his appeal. At one point he submitted a check for the transcript, but then he stopped payment, the appellate court said. The lack of payment was ground for dismissal. In 2010, Greene was fired as executive director after the authority's board of commissioners discovered he had secretly settled multiple sexual-harassment complaints against him. A year later, Greene filed suit in Common Pleas Court against Philadelphia Media Network Inc., then the owner of the newspapers and their website.
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