February 26, 2014 |
A former neighbor pleaded guilty Monday in the 2012 home invasion robbery in which an 87-year-old Democratic committeewoman and her 62-year-old son were beaten and stabbed in their West Philadelphia home. Jimmy Morrison, 43, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to two counts of aggravated assault, burglary, and a weapons charge involving the July 31, 2012, attack that seriously injured Yvonne Gaines and James Brinkley. Morrison's guilty plea occurred the day jury selection was to have begun in his trial.
February 26, 2014 |
A Philadelphia judge on Monday barred prosecution and defense lawyers from making public comments during the upcoming trial of the Rev. Andrew McCormick, the Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy at a Northeast Philadelphia church in 1997. Common Pleas Court Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright issued the gag order after a pretrial hearing began dealing with sensitive evidentiary issues, and she granted a defense motion to go behind closed doors. Jury selection begins Tuesday in the trial of the 57-year-old priest on five counts involving sexual assault, child endangerment, and corrupting minors in an incident that allegedly occurred when McCormick was a priest at St. John Cantius Church in Bridesburg.
February 22, 2014 |
Spelling is everything if you're running as a write-in candidate for public office. The only such votes that count are the ones that precisely match the candidate's name. Still, Dianah Gregory may have tried a little too hard last November in her quest for the post of judge of election in North Philadelphia's Precinct 28-10. The job pays $100 a day, but there are only two work days a year. According to the District Attorney's Office, Gregory, 65, of the 2600 block of North Douglas Street, went so far as writing her name in marker near the write-in spot inside the voting booth as well as going behind the curtain to help people cast their votes.
February 14, 2014 |
ANDREW E. Taslitz once described teaching as a "vision quest. " His comment helped get him included among the 26 teachers ranked in the recently published "What the Best Law Teachers Do," from Harvard University Press. Taslitz, who taught for 23 years at Howard University and the past two at Washington College of Law at American University, was among those nominated for the honor by students, giving the list even more credence. "He was a really impressive guy and was filled with boundless amounts of energy," said one of those students, Jacob Eden, of Philadelphia.
February 12, 2014 |
The lawyer for former police Sgt. Chauncey Ellison has asked a city judge to reduce the 111/2- to 23-month prison term for Ellison's misdemeanor conviction in the 2008 shooting death of a West Oak Lane man in a dispute over a stolen pizza. The reconsideration motion by defense attorney Brian J. McMonagle will be heard Feb. 21 by Common Pleas Court Judge Sandy L.V. Byrd - the day Ellison and former girlfriend Robin Fortune, also an ex-officer, are to surrender to serve their terms. McMonagle's motion follows the Jan. 29 decision by the District Attorney's Office to not retry Ellison and Fortune on charges on which the jury could not reach a verdict.
February 8, 2014 |
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said Thursday that his office would investigate a teenager's claim that a female officer seriously injured his genitals during a stop-and-frisk search last month. "When allegations are made about misconduct from a police officer, it erodes the public's trust of law enforcement," Williams said at a news conference. "We want to assure the public we're going to investigate. " Lewis Small, the boy's lawyer, said Thursday that he was encouraged by Williams' involvement in the case and said his client would give a statement to the District Attorney's Office next week.
February 5, 2014 |
Kathleen Boyle Wrigley had started composing a letter to Common Pleas Court Judge M. Theresa Sarmina even before Sarmina vacated the death sentence of the man who killed her brother. Her letter opens with a recurring nightmare - one Wrigley first had 23 years ago after her older brother, Daniel Boyle, a rookie police officer, was gunned down by a paroled felon during a traffic pursuit in North Philadelphia. In it, Wrigley is there, watching. She sees the gunman jump onto the hood of Danny's cruiser.
January 31, 2014 |
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams was at the podium Monday, talking about a grand jury's decision to charge state Rep. J.P. Miranda and his sister in an alleged "ghost employee" scam. It sounded as if Williams scattered throughout his remarks several thinly veiled, sharply worded barbs for his onetime career mentor, former D.A. Lynne Abraham . Things went south for them in 2005 when he tried to unseat her in the Democratic primary election. Twice, Williams said his office "will no longer abdicate our responsibility to investigate" political-corruption cases.
January 30, 2014 |
Bill Hunter's passion for wrestling began when he was a rail-thin freshman at Northeast Catholic in the mid-1970s. "The moderator at the time, Father [John] Green, spotted me in the hallway and asked me if I was interested in coming out for the team," Hunter said. "I was a bit nervous, but I showed up. That's how it all started. " Hunter developed into a standout at North, which closed in 2010. In 1979, as a senior, he excelled at 132 pounds and was named the outstanding wrestler in the city championships.
January 21, 2014 |
THE LAWYER for a 17-year-old boy who was charged as an adult this weekend for allegedly firing a gun inside of a Logan charter school on Friday said he's sure his client will be exonerated. Meanwhile, both victims of the shooting, a 17-year-old male and an 18-year-old female, have now been released from the hospital after being treated for injuries to their arms that were caused by a single bullet. According to police, the shooting occurred about 3:30 p.m. inside the gym at the Delaware Valley Charter School on Old York Road near Duncannon Avenue when one of about seven kids inside the gym pulled out a handgun and it went off. A single bullet struck the arms of both victims.