November 21, 1986 |
Sheriff Ralph Passio has said in the past that lack of manpower and equipment has forced his office to use a "rubber band approach" when it comes to security in City Hall courtrooms. Today, the band snapped. Two persons, including a court crier, were shot by a woman who apparently carried a gun concealed in her purse into a courtroom that had neither a metal detector nor anyone at the door searching spectators. Following the shooting, judges and prosecutors echoed Passio's concern for better courtroom security.
December 25, 1986 |
A Philadelphia lawyer yesterday was charged with assaulting a narcotics police officer after he threw punches at him in a City Hall courtroom and had to be subdued by other officers, police said. The lawyer, Darryl Irwin, 39, was representing a man charged with drug violations and was awaiting a court hearing shortly before noon when the incident occurred. Police said the officer, Jorge Cruz, was standing in a hallway outside the second-floor courtroom, reviewing his file on Irwin's client when the lawyer told him, "There's no need to read that stuff.
February 15, 1991 |
Municipal Court President Judge Alan K. Silberstein brandishes a knife and a hook that were among some 200 weapons confiscated from individuals during the first month of the court's new metal detector program. Court aides collected hammers, knives, scissors, screwdrivers, spikes, razors and a 7-inch hat pin. Silberstein said he was surprised at the number of weapons taken in non-criminal courtrooms. "I guess you could say our worst fears were realized," the jurist said.
July 15, 1986 |
A Montgomery County judge yesterday conducted a trial in the prisoner- holding area of the Norristown courthouse and convicted a Graterford Prison inmate who had refused to enter a courtroom to face charges of striking a corrections officer. Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph A. Smyth Jr. left his courtroom and sat behind a desk in the locked security room to hear three prosecution witnesses and then declare Michael Vance, 34, of the Tioga section of Philadelphia, guilty of harassment.
December 16, 1986 |
A Municipal judge ruled today that Diani Brown must stand trial on charges of shooting her former boyfriend and a court employee in a City Hall courtroom last month. Brown, 43, of 57th Street near Kingsessing Avenue, is accused of opening fire before a courtroom filled with startled spectators after a harassment case against her ex-boyfriend was continued for the seventh time since September 1985. Wounded in the shooting were Ricky Stephenson, 30, of Yeadon Avenue in Yeadon, Delaware County, and Ramona S. Beverly, 38, of Lindbergh Boulevard near 68th Street, a court employee for more than five years.
July 15, 2009 |
He walked into the courtroom pushing the wheelchair of a political ally. He held his weeping 19-year-old daughter after she begged the judge not to send him away for too long. And he left, eight hours later, as a man headed for prison, though not for nearly as long as many had expected. The sentencing of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo turned into courtroom drama yesterday, a teary production sustained by hope, exasperation, anxiety, and disappointment. "I've made mistakes in my life," Fumo told the judge, his voice small and broken.
September 18, 1986 |
Common Pleas Judge I. Raymond Kremer has had the rug pulled out from under him by a fellow jurist and is not sitting still over this moving experience. The outspoken Kremer sent a memo to all Common Pleas judges on Tuesday, citing his ouster from Courtroom 1115 at One East Penn Square, across from City Hall, to make room for Common Pleas Judge Richard B. Klein, who has chambers in that building. The change was approved by Administrative Judge Edward J. Blake. "The act of bumping a fellow judge out of a courtroom he had been sitting in for years, for some period of time, is divisive and is not calculated to encourage good relations or cooperation," said Kremer.
December 23, 1990 |
The defendant: Arnold Decker. The plaintiff: The state of New Jersey. Decker is being charged with conspiracy, attempted robbery and felony murder. He is the accused getaway driver in the armed robbery of a local bank, which left a guard - who was only referred to as Canine - dead. Those were the facts that Judge Robin D. Buser heard as defense attorneys David Benson and Chris Fletcher and prosecutors Deanna Buchborn and Desiree Landrum presented their cases. For Benson, Fletcher, Buchborn and Landrum, there was more at stake than a jury's verdict.
February 6, 1987 |
From the Hip is many things but consistent is not one of them. Truly - the whole truth and nothing but - this is the Jekyll-and-Hyde of courtroom comedy. Kind of a Legal Eagles meets Psycho. Judd Nelson plays Robin "Stormy" Weathers, one year out of law school and already itchy to jettison his morals if it will help him climb to the top of the Boston law firm founded by Oliver Wendell Holmes. As idealistically as Robin expresses his righteous outrage about funding cuts in preschool programs, he cynically fixes it so that he will have to defend an assault case on the docket of a senior partner in the firm.
November 21, 1987 |
Two fourth graders from Friends Central School in Lower Merion yesterday got a first-hand taste of the unpredictability of American justice. One jury of their peers acquitted Hilary Marston and Evelyn Bricklin of misdemeanor charges for allegedly violating National Park Service regulations by demonstrating without a permit at Independence Park. Another jury decided it could not reach a verdict. The conflicting outcome came after two classes of sometimes-fidgety youngsters took extensive notes and considered the same evidence during a mock trial before U.S. District Judge Louis H. Pollak.