December 14, 1996 |
Michael B. Kean, 58, a prominent Chester County criminal lawyer, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in East Bradford Township. Mr. Kean began practicing law in Chester County in 1968 after teaching for three years at St. Louis University Law School. In 1983, he started his own practice in West Chester after many years of association with law firms in the county. "He was an intelligent, capable attorney," said Chester County Judge Lawrence E. Wood. "He never overstated his case.
February 7, 2012 |
Bernard L. Siegel, 73, of Northeast Philadelphia, a criminal lawyer and educator, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, of pancreatic cancer at Manor Care in Huntingdon Valley. After establishing a law practice in Center City in 1986, Mr. Siegel represented clients charged with robbery, rape, homicide, corruption, and embezzlement and was involved in several high-profile cases. In 1997, he was the attorney for Herbert Haak in the "Center City jogger" murder trial. On Nov. 2, 1995, Kimberly Ernest, 26, was found fatally beaten in a stairwell at 21st and Pine Streets.
March 13, 2002 |
Thomas Colas Carroll, 59, of Philadelphia, a criminal lawyer who defended mob figures, government officials, and champions of causes, died of a brain tumor Saturday at the Hospice at St. Agnes Medical Center in Philadelphia. While his legal maneuvers could have made spicy scripts for the television drama The Practice, his law partner, Mark Cedrone, said Mr. Carroll's style was not typical of the actors who portray the flamboyant, contentious defense lawyers on the program. "He was the antithesis of a grandstander," Cedrone said.
February 1, 2016 |
Bruce L. Castor Jr. has said he thought Bill Cosby was guilty. He has said he would like a chance to prosecute the comedian himself. But Castor has also said his declaration that he would not charge Cosby in 2005 - when he had the chance as Montgomery County district attorney - might prevent prosecutors from now pursuing their sexual-assault case against the comedian. How Castor reconciles these positions is likely to play a central role Tuesday at the first pivotal court hearing since Cosby's arrest last month.
March 7, 1986 |
City Council will hire a criminal lawyer to investigate allegations of misconduct in the sheriff's office, and may take money out of the department's budget to reimburse homeowners reportedly bilked out of their equity after auction. Council unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Councilman Francis Rafferty yesterday to pay up to $10,000 for a consultant to assist its Legislative Oversight Committee in an investigation of the department headed by Sheriff Ralph C. Passio III. The Council investigation began last week, following Daily News reports that the FBI was investigating two real estate speculators who had gained access to the sheriff's foreclosure records and allegedly cheated unsuspecting homeowners of surplus equity - the money due them after their homes had been sold at sheriff's sale.
February 13, 1997 |
Lester J. Schaffer, 84, a Center City lawyer, died yesterday of complications of pneumonia at the Logan East retirement community. Mr. Schaffer lived in Penn Valley for 50 years before moving to Logan East two weeks ago. He had been in declining health since breaking his hip in a fall last October. Mr. Schaffer had been devoted to the practice of law since 1937, when he was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar. Until his fall, he commuted to the law office of Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley.
April 10, 2012 |
Donald J. Goldberg, 81 of Rittenhouse Square, a trial lawyer in Philadelphia for 58 years, died of complications from cancer Saturday, April 7, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1991, Mr. Goldberg had been special counsel in the litigation department of Ballard Spahr and was a member of the firm's white-collar investigations group. He previously had a solo practice in Center City for 30 years. "Partners and associates in the firm treasured any opportunity to learn from Don," Ballard Spahr chairman Mark Stewart said.
May 26, 1994 |
Milton S. Leidner, 89, of Center City, a prominent criminal lawyer whose zeal on behalf of his clients sometimes got him in trouble with the law, died at his home on Tuesday. "He was considered a damn good advocate, one of the top five trial lawyers in the city," said his brother, Nelson J., who was also a lawyer. "His cross-examination was terrific, and he knew criminal law forwards, backwards and sideways. Judges said to him that it was a pleasure to try a case for someone who knew what the rules and procedures were all about.
March 7, 1989 |
Jacob Kossman, 79, a quick-thinking, gruff-talking criminal lawyer who represented mob boss Angelo Bruno and ex-Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa during a long career that brought him a string of major victories and a loyal following, died Sunday at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. He was a resident of Center City and Melrose Park. A man who chomped cigars and seemed to dress to clash, the stocky, bespectacled Mr. Kossman worked for most of his career from cluttered offices in the 1300 block of Spruce Street.
November 18, 2012 |
Prosecutors on Friday filed motions seeking to have the two teenage brothers charged with murder in the strangulation of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale tried as adults. Gloucester County Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Jeneby announced the move after a juvenile detention hearing in Woodbury at which the pair were ordered to remain in custody until another hearing on Dec. 13. Before the detention proceeding, Superior Court Judge Colleen A. Maier held another hearing that lasted for 31/2 hours on motions filed by news media organizations, including The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, to have the juvenile proceedings opened to reporters.