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November 21, 1986 | By KEVIN HANEY and JUAN GONZALEZ, Daily News Staff Writers (Staff writer Joe Clark also contributed to this story.)
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.
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December 25, 1986 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 15, 1991 | MICHAEL MERCANTI/ DAILY NEWS
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.
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July 15, 1986 | By Larry Lewis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 16, 1986 | By SCOTT FLANDER, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 15, 2009 | By Jeff Gammage INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 18, 1986 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 23, 1990 | By Ovetta Wiggins, Special to The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 1987 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
NEWS
November 21, 1987 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 15, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's office and the state Republican Party faced off in Commonwealth Court on Tuesday over a request to release emails of Katie McGinty, the governor's former chief of staff who is now the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. The governor's office is appealing a state Office of Open Records determination that it turn over some materials it withheld in response to a July 2015 right-to-know request from the deputy communications director of the state Republican Party.
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August 15, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
For an isolated Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, political consultant Joshua Morrow may have been the ultimate frenemy. In a rapid-fire exchange of texts just before 10 p.m. one day in early 2014, Morrow told the embattled Kane: "It's time for your friends to fight back. " "I agree," Kane replied. "I wish they would. " "Happy to lead the charge," Morrow said. That would be the same Josh Morrow who delivered devastating testimony against Kane last week as a prosecution witness at her criminal trial, saying she had been deeply involved in a plot to leak confidential grand jury documents and later conspired with him to pin the crime on a former aide.
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 15, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Eleven-year-old Nasheema Riddick, who aspires to be a firefighter, got to spend time Wednesday talking to and high-fiving three Philadelphia Fire Department officials. The officials, a fire marshal and two captains, were with the youngster to provide moral support while she testified against her stepfather, Maurice Phillips, charged with murder in the April 16 shooting of his 4-year-old daughter, Tahira Phillips. Nasheema told Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons how her 30-year-old stepfather was "playing with his gun" while she and five siblings watched SpongeBob SquarePants in their mother's bedroom in East Kensington.
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June 25, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
He is past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and during a career of more than 40 years has represented accused killers Ira Einhorn, Amanda Knox, and Robert Durst. But on Thursday, Center City lawyer Theodore Simon, 65, was in a Philadelphia courtroom as the accuser. The case was Commonwealth v. Rico Clark - the defendant being a 27-year-old Norristown man accused of picking a rubber-banded wad of cash from the pocket of Simon's suit jacket and leading him on a foot chase that ended with Clark's arrest several blocks away.
NEWS
May 26, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on sexual-assault charges. But the decade-in-the-making courtroom confrontation between the entertainer and his accuser was deferred for another day. At the case's first evidentiary hearing, Montgomery County prosecutors opted not to call Andrea Constand to testify - a move Cosby's lawyers decried as "garbage. " Instead, investigators read into the record portions of statements she and Cosby gave to police in 2005, airing for the first time Constand's account of the night she says he drugged her, put his hand down her pants, and forced her in turn to touch him. "I got scared," Constand told detectives a year after the alleged 2004 assault at Cosby's Cheltenham home.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Alfred Lubrano, Staff Writer
Asking for "just punishment" for the man convicted of stalking her, former CBS3 anchor Erika von Tiehl appeared in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on Wednesday to deliver a brief, impassioned statement about the fears and frustrations she said she had suffered as a result. "I am so grateful for every day he has spent behind bars," von Tiehl said of John Hart, 39, of Havertown, whom she met on Facebook and briefly dated in 2011. After she broke off the relationship, von Tiehl testified during a trial in November, she started receiving threatening anonymous text messages.
NEWS
April 27, 2016
ISSUE | MEDIA Poor news judgment I can't remember the last time there was so much media coverage of an drunken driving arrest ("Don't mix and drive," Monday). It happens every day. Some people are arrested two or three times, and almost no one finds out their identity. Maybe it was the blue habit and black veil that made the media think this story needed special attention. Sister Kimberly A. Miller made a mistake in November. We all make mistakes. But did this six-hour trial and the sentencing need to be splashed across every newspaper and carried on every television news channel for what seemed like two weeks?
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By William Bender and Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITERS
Edward Campbell was arrested last weekend and accused of selling drugs out of his West Philadelphia home. But the son of powerful Democratic ward leader Edgar "Sonny" Campbell Jr. was already a familiar face in the Criminal Justice Center. He works there. Campbell, 38, was employed for more than a decade as a tipstaff - or courtroom assistant - to Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Minehart and currently holds the same job with Municipal Court Judge Joffie Pittman. Campbell was arrested Saturday after a three-month narcotics investigation.
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February 7, 2016 | Susan Bandes
Susan BandesĀ is the Centennial Professor of Law at DePaul University and a 2015 Public Voices Fellow of the Oped Project In Albert Camus' novel The Stranger , the character Meursault fails to cry at his mother's funeral, an optic that comes back to haunt him in a later murder trial when a prosecutor calls it evidence of his heartlessness. We judge others by whether they've visibly displayed the right emotions for the situation. But our craving for public feeling also represents an alarming feature of the judicial system: We expect criminals to act remorseful, and their failure to do so can be fatal.
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