March 24, 2016
Philadelphia's criminal courthouse was briefly locked down Tuesday after a man ordered held in contempt of court bolted from a courtroom. According to Philadelphia court records, Stefan Noble, 25, was set for a Municipal Court trial before Judge Henry Lewandowski III on terroristic threats and retail theft. Noble, who was free on an unsecured $5,000 bond, was late for court and told to wait until the end of the day's case list. Court system sources said Noble made a comment to the judge who then ordered him taken into custody pending a contempt of court hearing.
April 18, 2015 |
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.
September 2, 1986 |
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.
February 24, 1998 |
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.
June 1, 2012 |
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.
September 14, 1994 |
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.
July 8, 2016 |
Though he had no record, and was 15 years old, he was charged in adult court. Bail was set at $75,000. The required 10 percent of that, $7,500, was more than the teen or his mother could fathom. So, in January 2015, Eugene Lee was sent to an adult jail, Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center. It was three months before his mother, Wylicia Clark, 35, of the city's Frankford section, could get the bail reduced to an amount she could pay. The charges involved an attempted robbery with a BB gun, in which no one was shot and Eugene was not the gunman.
February 4, 2004 |
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.
September 11, 2007 |
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.
December 18, 1997 |
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.