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February 6, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
SEVEN MONTHS after congregants of Zion Baptist Church voted to fire the Rev. Carl A. Prince, a faction that had supported him filed a lawsuit yesterday against the church's board of trustees, its chairman and its deacon board. The lawsuit demands that an $18 million bond deal to renovate Zion Gardens apartments be stopped and that a forensic audit be completed of all finances of the North Philadelphia church. The suit also asks that Prince be reinstated and that Zion trustee chairman Ronald Harper be prevented from handling or disposing of any church assets or books.
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Superior Court judge in Camden instructed William A. Clark III to not speak about his murder case, but Clark stood up anyway. "I've got something to say," Clark, 50, a man with dirty blond hair, a thick beard, and tattoos of wings on his arms, told Judge Edward J. McBride Jr. Then he gave his two cents about his roommate, Steven Johnston, 52, whom he admitted fatally shooting in the head Saturday: "He's a child molester, your honor. " Clark's outburst Monday - while true - drew another admonition from McBride to stop talking.
NEWS
February 2, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A once-prominent Philadelphia African American lawyer has been disbarred by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after failing to respond to professional and ethical complaints. The action, which takes effect Feb. 28 and strips Willie Lee Nattiel Jr. of his law license, was published Thursday by the court. The 23-page opinion lists 10 charges against Nattiel, most involving mishandling client funds and failures to appear for meetings and court hearings of people he had agreed to represent.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A once-prominent Philadelphia lawyer has been disbarred by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after failing to respond to professional and ethical complaints. The action, which takes effect Feb. 28 and strips Willie Lee Nattiel Jr. of his law license, was published Thursday by the Supreme Court. The 23-page opinion lists 10 charges against Nattiel, most involving mishandling client funds and failures to appear for meetings and court hearings of people he had agreed to represent. Nattiel, 55, could not be reached for comment Friday.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Does charter school founder Dorothy June Brown, 77, have such memory problems that she is incompetent to be retried on federal charges that she defrauded the schools she founded of $6.3 million? Three psychiatrists and psychologists retained by Brown's lawyers and the court offered differing opinions in a hearing that began Tuesday before U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick. But all three agreed that Brown wishes that her criminal case would go away. "One of the things that has affected her is that she does not want to deal with the criminal charges," said Stephen Mechanick, a psychiatrist, who examined Brown last summer at the request of her attorneys.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf said Wednesday that he plans to temporarily fill two empty seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, but had not settled on the appointees. Speaking to reporters in the Capitol, Wolf said he will name two individuals to fill the vacancies until November's election. "I haven't decided who," he said. The nominees must be confirmed by the Senate. After departures last year - including the retirement of Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille - three seats are open on the seven-member bench, and a flurry of candidates are expected to run for the office this year.
SPORTS
January 28, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
A sense of where you are became a basketball term almost half a century ago when a terrific book was written about Bill Bradley while the future senator was a ballplayer at Princeton. The term comes to mind watching Najah Jacobs play the same sport at Philadelphia University. An opponent tries to press and Jacobs, a 5-foot-7 senior, gets to her spot along the sideline, backpedaling for six or eight steps past halfcourt before taking a pass and turning in one motion, changing the equation of the play before the defense can easily adjust.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has won a state Supreme Court order barring a district attorney from bringing criminal charges against her until the high court rules on her challenge to the legal status of the special prosecutor who built the case against her. The court announced the freeze Thursday. The hold on any action by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman will last six weeks or more. The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for March 11 in Philadelphia on Kane's challenge.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Commonwealth Court judges ruled Thursday that the School Reform Commission does not have the power to cancel union contracts, restoring health-care cuts that were to save the Philadelphia schools $54 million annually. The unanimous ruling appeared to strike down a core operating belief of the SRC. PFT president Jerry Jordan called the decision "a very big victory" that affirmed the union's position that contracts must be negotiated, not imposed, and that the state law that created the SRC did not give it the power to wipe away collective bargaining.
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!
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