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April 18, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
What started as a simple dispute when Anthony S. Jones refused to remove his hat in a courtroom escalated, with Jones facing serious charges, a public defender alleging she was punched by a Philadelphia police officer, and claims of police misconduct. Last Friday in Municipal Court Judge Marvin Williams' courtroom, Jones, who was in the Criminal Justice Center as a defendant on another matter, was ordered by an official to remove his hat. According to the police report, Jones, 22, of the Rhawnhurst section of the city, was screaming and cursing in the hallway after he was ejected from the courtroom.
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September 2, 1986 | BY RONALD F. CLARK
With the recent horror of a rape defendant committing suicide in a City Hall courtroom, this should alert the public at large and sedulous City officials of the need for speeding up the building of a Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. The number of cases being handled at courtrooms in City Hall and the need for security of criminal defendants clearly dictates the need for a better facility. City Hall was built 80 years ago, and is not designed for the purposes it is used for now. One must consider that at City Hall, three branches of City government are housed there - executive, administrative and judicial.
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June 1, 2012 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
She was a pioneer in the field of law — in 1988, she became the first African American woman to serve on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. But Juanita Kidd Stout had been quietly crashing through barriers for years. Three decades earlier, she had been the first African American woman elected to a court of record in the United States. On Thursday, Philadelphia City Council paid tribute to the jurist, who died in 1998 at age 79, by renaming the Criminal Justice Center in her honor.
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February 24, 1998 | By Jennifer Weiner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Monday morning on the first floor of the Criminal Justice Center, and the lineup begins. Jurors and lawyers, witnesses and police officers, friends and family pass through the metal detectors in the lobby and pack the small vestibule onto which six elevators open. Three deep, four deep, five deep, they cram into the elevators: girls with beepers and babies next to stubble-faced guys reeking of last night's bourbon and beer next to lawyers with sharp suits and briefcases and boxes of evidence.
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September 14, 1994 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The City Controller's Office yesterday criticized as overpriced and unnecessary a $2.1 million contract that provides City Council with oversight of the criminal justice center projects. "We believe this contract is a good example of everything a professional services contract should not be," City Controller Jonathan A. Saidel concluded in a letter to City Council President John F. Street reporting the findings. Saidel wrote that "no major efficiencies/savings, etc. " have been made to the projects as a direct result of the consultant's monitoring.
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February 4, 2004 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. and Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The man charged in the November slaying of 13-year-old honor student Jasmine McDonald in West Philadelphia touched off a wild scuffle in the Criminal Justice Center yesterday when he attempted to escape through a ceiling area above a holding room, authorities said. Peter Cook, 29, was corralled after about 20 minutes and was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for treatment after he was hit with pepper spray and struggled with deputy sheriffs. He now faces escape and assault charges.
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September 11, 2007 | By Dwight Ott INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lawyer Larry Charles - who this year was found naked with a 14-year-old girl at the Criminal Justice Center - pleaded no contest yesterday to charges that he raped or sexually assaulted six young girls over a seven-year period. His plea, which came as trial was about to start yesterday before Common Pleas Court Judge Albert Stallone, means the lawyer may face a lengthy prison term. Assistant District Attorney James Carpenter said he would ask for a sentence of 25 to 50 years. Charles' $25 million bail was revoked, and he will remain in custody pending his sentencing, which was set for Dec. 20. Stallone, who is from Berks County, was brought in to hear the case because Charles is well known in the Criminal Justice Center.
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December 18, 1997 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shoppers at Philadelphia's venerable Reading Terminal Market will get a parking treat just in time for the holidays. A parking area behind the Criminal Justice Center at 13th and Arch Streets will open to the public effective at 7 a.m. today, the Philadelphia Parking Authority said. The lot, which had gone unused since the justice center opened more than two years ago, can accommodate 80 cars. "This is the best Christmas present we could have," said Marcy Rogovin, general manager of the Reading Terminal Market.
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April 28, 1994 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
City Councilman Joseph Vignola and a contractor on the criminal justice center said yesterday that accountant Richard Gibson has submitted bills for only about half of his $313,720 subcontract to oversee the project for City Council. Vignola and James Haney, the vice president of L. Robert Kimball & Associates, which hired Gibson as a subcontractor, said that Gibson has billed for a little more than $150,000. Gibson still has between $28,000 and $40,000 coming for work done in the first four months of 1994 that he has not yet billed for, Haney said.
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April 22, 1997 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / WILLIAM F. STEINMETZ
Edwine Baker, head of 2,000 African American Women, joins about 200 at the Criminal Justice Center yesterday, assailing the Democratic City Committee for not backing black women for Common Pleas Court.
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July 22, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A lawyer for former Philadelphia Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. told a Common Pleas Court jury Monday that the criminal conflict-of-interest charges he faces were the result of retaliation by Berry's longtime secretary. "There's no fury like a woman scorned," Nino V. Tinari told the jury in his opening statement. Tinari said the state Attorney General's Office charged Berry only after his longtime secretary, Carolyn Fleming, went to the office after he fired her because she allegedly "siphoned $44,000" from his real estate business.
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July 20, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A MAN WHO voiced displeasure outside a Criminal Justice Center courtroom in April - after which cops confronted him and a female public defender came to his aid - pleaded guilty yesterday to a summary offense of disorderly conduct. Under a negotiated plea deal between the prosecution and the defense, Anthony C. Jones, 23, was then sentenced by Municipal Judge Charles Hayden to "no further penalty. " Jones' case made news because the public defender who came to his aid, Paula Sen, reportedly was punched in the head by a cop who was trying to tackle Jones.
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June 11, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
WHEN HE'S NOT on duty at the Criminal Justice Center, Deputy Sheriff Mike Terry drives all over the city and suburbs, inviting thousands of cops and corrections officers to this weekend's Sgt. Robert Wilson III Memorial Basketball Tournament. Along the way, Terry honors his deep North Philly roots by giving out tournament tickets to kids on the street corners of his youth, and in GameStop stores, including the one, on Lehigh Avenue near 21st Street, where Wilson was shot dead in March while trying to stop an armed robbery.
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June 10, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A COMMON PLEAS jury yesterday convicted a North Philly man of all counts - including first-degree murder and attempted murder - in connection with a shooting four years ago that claimed the life of an innocent man, whom the prosecutor described as a beloved "neighborhood fixture. " As the jury foreman pronounced the first guilty verdict on a charge of first-degree murder for the senseless death of victim James Hall, 57, defendant Calvin Atkerson shook his head. Atkerson, 23, was also convicted by the panel of seven men and five women of attempted murder in the case of Jasper Washington, then 21 - who was Atkerson's intended target, but who was not hit as Atkerson fired 11 bullets toward him. Instead, in broad daylight on Sept.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Prosecutors on Wednesday arrested and charged a former Philadelphia police officer with witness intimidation in the alleged use of his position to obtain information about and threaten his former sister-in-law. Jeremias Olivo was in custody Wednesday afternoon as District Attorney Seth Williams announced the onetime officer's arrest for allegedly intimidating his brother Samuel's former wife while the man and woman were embroiled in a domestic conflict. Even as she changed her address, prosecutors alleged, Jeremias Olivo made efforts to track the woman, who alleged she was a victim of domestic abuse.
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April 25, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a move that made defense lawyers protest, a Philadelphia judge on Thursday agreed to postpone until June 10 the trial of 10 people arrested in a melee at a March town-hall meeting attended by District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. Municipal Court Judge Joyce O. Eubanks granted the request by Assistant District Attorney Pam Conner, who said she needed more time to prepare for the disorderly conduct trial. Conner said she was only recently notified of the nonjury trial's scheduling, and needed time to interview police and at least one civilian witness to the March 19 incident.
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April 24, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarr@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
PROTESTERS, police and lawyers packed a tiny courtroom in the basement of the Criminal Justice Center yesterday for the trial of 10 people accused of disorderly conduct stemming from their arrests at a March incident during which protesters stormed a community meeting in Lawncrest. Extra security was on hand as the crowd overflowed into the hallway. After what transpired in the courtroom angered them further, the group moved outside to 13th and Filbert streets holding signs and chanting, "F--- the police.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Philadelphia marijuana dealer Victor Rosario had a taste for luxury living, and he knew what he liked: Tiffany jewelry, flashy watches, Louis Vuitton accessories. So when a narcotics officer showed up at his 2010 court hearing with a $5,700 Rolex on his wrist, Rosario recognized it immediately. "To say it was mine for sure, I'd have to look at the serial number," he told a federal jury Wednesday. "But it was exactly the same. Definitely the same styling, 100 percent. " That watch - and whether it was the one that Rosario said disappeared after a 2010 raid on his home - became the central question Wednesday as the 36-year-old testified in the corruption trial of six members of an elite narcotics squad.
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April 18, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
What started as a simple dispute when Anthony S. Jones refused to remove his hat in a courtroom escalated, with Jones facing serious charges, a public defender alleging she was punched by a Philadelphia police officer, and claims of police misconduct. Last Friday in Municipal Court Judge Marvin Williams' courtroom, Jones, who was in the Criminal Justice Center as a defendant on another matter, was ordered by an official to remove his hat. According to the police report, Jones, 22, of the Rhawnhurst section of the city, was screaming and cursing in the hallway after he was ejected from the courtroom.
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