July 18, 1994 |
Juveniles are suffering terribly from the national plague of violence, a new government study indicates. In 1992, 1.55 million violent crimes were committed against people ages 12 to 17, the Justice Department reported yesterday. That was a 23 percent increase from five years before. Although juveniles accounted for only one-tenth of the population 12 and older, they were the victims of nearly a quarter of the 6.62 million rapes, robberies and assaults committed in 1992, the report said.
December 16, 2001 |
In November 1995, Blaine Rosenberg watched as Charles E. Reddish was brought into a Camden courtroom, where he was charged with strangling Rosenberg's half-sister and leaving her body in a field of weeds along Route 130 in Salem County. "He was less than six feet away from me," Rosenberg recalled, "the man who supposedly killed my kid sister. I had two choices: to jump over the bench and tackle him . . . or sit there and sob like crazy. I did that. " Linda Burkett, coordinator of the Camden County Prosecutor's Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy, sat with him then, and she would sit next to him later during Reddish's trial, which ended with his conviction in October.
April 22, 2009 |
Betty Love saw her daughter in a hospital bed, bandages barely covering the 19 stab wounds on her face and body. Love wanted to kiss her, but couldn't. A cocoon of tubing kept her away. Nearly a decade has passed, but Love still pictures Kim in that hospital bed, pleading with her mother, though her lips are still. "Her eyes were glaring at me with confidence as if to say, 'Mom, fix it; you can make everything all right,' " says Love, a Gloucester County resident who retired from a purchasing job with the City of Philadelphia.
April 23, 1996 |
Facing increased public concern with crime, 20 states have amended their constitutions to make clear that those accused of criminal behavior aren't the only ones with rights. Crime victims have rights, too, the states have declared. Now, there's a move in Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution as well. Backed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry J. Hyde (R., Ill.), a constitutional amendment was introduced yesterday that would spell out rights for victims of violent crimes - such as the right to object to plea bargains or to early releases from prison.
April 18, 1994 |
For a few days last year, Linda Kleer's daughter Jennifer was by her side again. That's how the Mount Laurel woman felt, anyway, as she lovingly stitched a pink heart with the words Love you guys, one of 18-year-old Jennifer's favorite phrases, on a white cloth square. For although Jennifer Borgese Pheiffer had been shot to death by an abusive boyfriend two years earlier, Kleer felt as if her daughter "was right there with me" while she crafted her contribution to a memorial quilt for Burlington County residents whose lives ended much too soon.
January 31, 2000 |
Judge Donald P. Gaydos agonized when he had to sentence first-time offenders in Burlington County Superior Court. "I take no joy in sentencing you," he would say, brow furrowed, to defendants who had admitted to murder, sex crimes, drug dealing. "They are sad cases," he would say afterward. Now, after 16 years as a judge, Gaydos, 66, is retiring. He will leave the county bench Feb. 9. Those who worked with him say he will be remembered for being fair, though his empathy for first-time offenders earned him the ire of some victims.
February 14, 1993 |
Personal-safety trainer Gary Denney asked everyone in the group before him to point to someone who could be a victim of crime. Fingers pointed everywhere as the real estate agents who work for Richard A. Weidel Corp. in Bucks County each pointed to somebody else. "The men pointed to the women. The women pointed to somebody else," Denney said. "But you all should have pointed to yourselves!" They laughed apprehensively, knowing that what Denney said was true. Real estate agents, say police, personal-safety experts and even agents themselves, are a vulnerable group, escorting total strangers to houses, often driving around alone at night, and sitting alone at open houses.
November 3, 1998 |
A new 10 percent tax on goods sold to state prison inmates has raised $260,000 for their victims in just two months. That money was presented yesterday by the Department of Corrections to members of the Victims of Crime Compensation Board. In January, the General Assembly passed legislation creating the tax as a means to help pay for the Victims Compensation Program, which was created in 1971 to help victims and survivors defray the cost of medical care and therapy. Yesterday's presentation, at the Mid-State Correctional Facility here, was a ceremonial recognition of the new tax and the potential revenues it will bring each year.
May 18, 1991
THEY CAN'T WHITE-OUT WHITE The eleventh-hour withdrawal of Democratic mayoral candidate James S. White has created problems for the city Board of Elections that simply can't be resolved to everyone's satisfaction. By delaying his decision beyond the normal deadline to back out, Mr. White short-circuited the process by which his name could have been removed from the city's 3,500 voting machines. The timing was his decision, but other candidates who now hope to woo White supporters may pay the price if voters pull Mr. White's lever.
November 29, 1990 |
Because of the state legislature, parents of children killed by drunken drivers won't be able to get $2,500 for funeral expenses. Because of the legislature, elderly people whose pension checks get stolen won't be reimbursed for their losses. Because of the legislature, the state Crime Victims Compensation Board is out about $800,000 in federal money. When the General Assembly ended its two-year session last week without passing a seemingly innocuous bill to put Pennsylvania in compliance with federal crime-victims law, it did so to the detriment of thousands of crime victims.