May 7, 2008 |
The family of Timothy Goode, the grand-nephew of former Mayor W. Wilson Goode who was killed by police in January, has retained prominent civil-rights lawyer David Rudovsky and filed a formal complaint with the city's Police Advisory Commission. Rudovsky, a longtime criminal-defense lawyer and senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, confirmed that he was representing the family but said neither he nor the family would comment further. Timothy Goode, 24, of the Northwood section of Northeast Philadelphia, died Jan. 11 after police pursued and shot him in Germantown.
October 21, 1994 |
The lawyer representing inmates in the long-running class-action suit against Philadelphia's prisons yesterday asked a Common Pleas Court panel to fine the city for not keeping the prisons in good repair, not placing enough inmates in vocational training, and not establishing an adequate inmate grievance system. The motion, filed by attorney David Rudovsky, also alleges that the practice of keeping half of Holmesburg inmates locked down in their cellblocks on alternate days means they are not getting the law library visits, two hours of exercise, and phone calls to attorneys that they are supposed to have under a detailed 1991 agreement reached between the city and the inmates.
January 14, 1988 |
The city last month agreed to pay $495,000 over the next 15 years to settle a civil lawsuit filed by Sidney Davis, who was imprisoned for 19 months after a police officer allegedly prompted false identifications of him by witnesses. Yesterday, a judge ordered evidence-tampering charges against that officer, Stephen Brader, 33, dropped. The ruling was the second by a city judge that the prosecution has no case against Brader, a former police sergeant accused of framing Davis in connection with a 1985 South Philadelphia racial shooting.
November 20, 1995 |
For 24 years city attorneys and a lawyer for inmates have conducted a costly battle over prison living conditions before a panel of Common Pleas judges. How costly? Excluding the cost of attorneys, the city has been fined $2.8 million since 1990. That's a lot of money for not meeting the terms of an agreement the city signed with inmates. The case, known as Jackson v. Hendrick, is separate from the federal case over prison overcrowding. With the federal court prepared to pull back from its oversight in that case, what are the prospects that Jackson v. Hendrick might end?
September 10, 2003 |
A former employee has sued State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.), saying Fumo fired him last year for wearing a pro-Rendell lapel sticker at a time when Fumo was supporting another candidate for governor. In a suit filed Monday in U.S. District Court, Robert Mulgrew, 46, of South Philadelphia, contends Fumo demanded that he remove a Rendell for Governor sticker at a political event on May 13, 2002. According to the suit, Mulgrew, who was a constituent-service worker in Fumo's South Philadelphia office, refused to remove the sticker and Fumo immediately fired him in the presence of "a large number of people.
December 1, 2009
THE TERM "police shooting" is one of the most disheartening in the lexicon of the city . . . whether you're talking about a police officer being shot or an officer doing the shooting. It's clear there is too much of both kind, and that, too, is disheartening, suggesting a war that has no business being fought in this city. The latest use of the term refers to the shooting death of unarmed 21-year-old Billy Panas in Port Richmond by off-duty police officer Frank Tepper 10 days ago. As is the case in such stories, there are many questions and too many answers we'll either never hear or we'll wait too long to find out. And until the city, the Police Department and the District Attorney's Office find a better process for promptly investigating these cases and reporting to the public, we'll continue to see a correlation between the lack of answers and Philadelphia's ranking as having one of the highest number of police shootings in the country.
February 3, 1989 |
An attorney for Wilfredo Santiago, convicted of killing city police Officer Thomas J. Trench, argued to state Superior Court yesterday that Santiago's 1986 trial was an "unfair proceeding" and failed to solve the case. "This is a verdict that the court can have no confidence in," declared attorney David Rudovsky in arguing for a new trial. "It was an unfair proceeding. We still don't know who killed Officer Trench. " Assistant District Attorney Laurie Magid countered: "There was abundant evidence in this case.
September 17, 1999 |
The cop unzipped the suspect's pants and aimed his flashlight down the man's underwear. Then he spun the handcuffed man around, stretched out the waistband of the suspect's shorts and searched his rear. Still no dope. For 20 minutes, the cop and his partner searched the suspect's red BMW, his jacket pockets, his baseball cap, his socks. They looked three times in the trunk, seven times in the man's pockets, twice in his socks and then pried into his underwear. Finally, they took the handcuffs off him and left.
September 26, 2003 |
The city has agreed to pay $1.9 million to four young men wrongly accused in the Lex Street massacre - among the costliest civil-rights lawsuit settlements in recent city history. Jermel Lewis, Quiante Perrin, Hezekiah Thomas and Sacon Youk - innocent men jailed 18 months awaiting a death-penalty trial - will each receive about $475,000, said Lewis' attorney, David Rudovsky. The amount includes lawyers' fees, which were not disclosed. Rudovsky said the agreement did not include any explicit apology to the men. "The money speaks as strongly as words would: 'You are innocent, and you were wrongly accused,' " Rudovsky said.
December 15, 1995 |
Alleging that she was physically abused and ensnared in an illegal traffic- ticket quota system, a Norristown woman has filed a federal civil rights suit against the Borough of Bridgeport and a former police officer. Janet E. Walker claims that in October 1994, while driving through Bridgeport, she was wrongfully stopped for speeding, pulled from her car and handcuffed and harassed by then-patrolman Paul Maxey. Walker was given a speeding ticket and charged with disorderly conduct.