November 16, 2012
Giacomo A. DeBlasi, 98, a retired supervisor for Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia and a decorated World War II veteran, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Abington Hospice at Warminster. Mr. DeBlasi was born in Philadelphia. He graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1932 and attended Drexel University. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945. Mr. DeBlasi, a staff sergeant during World War II, fought in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He earned a Bronze Star, an American Theatre Service Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four Bronze Stars.
February 28, 2007 |
Talk about multitasking. Brian C. Warren, 38, of Coatesville, was due in Chester County Court for a Domestic Relations hearing on Feb. 8. Instead, he opted for a couple of detours, authorities say, entering two separate secretaries' offices and grabbing cash and credit cards from purses underneath desks. Both secretaries reported the thefts after returning to their desks, the criminal complaint said. Investigators reviewed courthouse video surveillance and saw a man later identified by Domestic Relations personnel as Warren enter the offices and stuff "something under the front of his shirt" after leaving one of them, the complaint said.
August 18, 2004 |
A first-round draft pick for the NFL's Buffalo Bills in 1993, Thomas L. Smith has not played for a while, but it was not paying for a while that got him in trouble in Chester County Court. Smith, 33, a cornerback whose career ended in 2001 with the Indianapolis Colts, got cornered Monday by the legal system. He appeared in front of Chester County Court Judge James P. MacElree II, who found Smith in contempt for failure to pay $3,000 a month in child support to his son's mother, who lives in Chester County.
July 12, 2004
One reality seems to cut across most urban legal systems in the country: Courts set up to protect children's interests usually are treated as the lowest rung of the ladder. The clientele often gets the rawest lawyers or no representation at all. Judges may be on the bench biding time until they get a more plum assignment. Budgets cuts are routine, for the family and juvenile courts and for the social services that intersect with them. And then there are the buildings, the lousy buildings.
February 18, 2004 |
Susan Peikes Gantman, a litigator specializing in family law, was installed yesterday as a justice of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. As judges and politicians from throughout the state looked on, Gantman, 51, was sworn in to a 10-year term. She took the oath in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. The installation included a ceremony in which Gantman's family helped her on with the traditional black jurist's robe. "We welcome you to the court and look forward to working with you for the remainder of your term," said Superior Court President Judge Joseph A. Del Sole, who presided.
August 12, 2003
RE YOUR Aug. 6 editorial regarding Philadelphia Family Court: While I welcome the scrutiny of our court and the services we provide to the public, it would be disingenuous to say that I agree with everything that you implied in your article. First, let me say that I respect the Women in Law Project and what it is trying to accomplish. However, to use its report as the only source of information as to what transpires with the thousands of clients in Family Court would be ludicrous.
December 21, 2000 |
For the first time in three years, Bucks County residents will pay higher property taxes next year under a $315.5 million budget that county commissioners unanimously approved yesterday. County officials initially had proposed a spending plan that included a 3-mill tax increase, but the commissioners reduced the tax increase to two mills by dipping into reserves. The county real estate tax rate will jump from 57 to 59 mills. The increase will mean an additional $16 in county tax, or about $472 a year, for a taxpayer whose home is assessed at the county average of $8,000.
December 14, 2000 |
A group of Chester County court-appointed employees voted yesterday to unionize, making themselves the second batch of county workers to join the Pennsylvania Social Services Union in the last three months. The unofficial 58-32 tally will affect about 94 professional employees of the Domestic Relations and Adult and Juvenile Probation Departments, according to John Toland, an organizer for the union. "We had hoped for [a] 75 percent" margin, Toland said. "But 2-1 is OK; it is a pretty decisive margin, no matter how you look at it. " County Commissioner Colin Hanna said after the vote that he was disappointed, but did not say whether the commissioners planned to appeal.
April 13, 2000 |
The Chester County commissioners, along with the president judge, have fired their first salvo in what is expected to be a drawn-out effort to persuade courthouse employees not to join a union. A letter signed by Commissioners Karen Martynick, Colin Hanna and Andrew Dinniman, and Judge Howard K. Riley, was sent yesterday to all employees in the offices of adult probation, juvenile probation, domestic relations, court administration and the bail agency. It outlines what the county believes are the pros and cons of forming a collective bargaining unit.
June 13, 1999 |
Should you clandestinely tape-record your spouse, who is behaving like a weasel, on the telephone? For domestic-relations lawyer Neil Hurowitz of Upper Merion, answering such questions has become a cottage industry. When he is not helping clients untangle the legal commitments of their unraveling marriages, he is writing about domestic relations for a general audience and other lawyers. Probably his best-known book is Divorce: Your Fault, My Fault, No Fault, initially published in 1981 by Law-Trac Press and now reappearing on bookstore shelves in its third revision.