January 29, 2016 |
For the first time, two African American women will serve as the top judges in the Philadelphia court system, the state Supreme Court decided Wednesday. The high court appointed Judge Jacqueline F. Allen as administrative judge of the trial division of Common Pleas Court, which includes the system's busiest and most prestigious criminal and civil courtrooms. The court named Judge Sheila A. Woods-Skipper, already the president judge of Common Pleas Court, to chair the system's administrative governing board.
January 17, 2016 |
Just before he was to be sentenced Friday for setting an 11-year-old boy on fire last year in West Philadelphia, the teenage defendant told the court that it had been an accident, apologized to the victim's mother, and asked a Common Pleas Court judge for forgiveness. "I am very sorry for what I did," Rayfiq Tiggle, 16, of West Philadelphia, who was charged as an adult, told Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner. He said he had not intended to injure the boy. The incident, he said, was an accident that came about because he had been playing with a cigarette lighter.
January 6, 2016 |
ONE OF three juveniles who participated in a vicious attack on a homeless man at an Olney gas station in April pleaded guilty in Family Court on Tuesday to third-degree murder and conspiracy. Under a plea deal offered by the District Attorney's Office, the 14-year-old boy's case remained in Juvenile Court even though he was charged with murder. In all, six defendants - three juveniles and three women - were charged in the beating of Robert Barnes. After Barnes, 51, died Nov. 25, the D.A.'s Office charged the adults with murder, and said the juveniles also would be charged with murder.
December 30, 2015
By Kevin M. Dougherty Guaranteeing the fair and impartial administration of justice for all is a massive and complicated undertaking for a jurisdiction as large as the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, which encompasses the city of Philadelphia. During my tenure as the administrative judge for the First Judicial District, I have worked with amazing judges, as well as the incredible women and men who comprise the district, to improve court efficiencies, while balancing the need for public safety and the reentry and integration of formerly incarcerated people back into our communities.
December 23, 2015 |
The sign above Ian C. Rexach's barbershop just outside Northern Liberties proudly promises the "sharpest cuts in the city. " But when a Philadelphia Municipal Court judge found against his business in a 2012 tax delinquency case after he failed to show up in court, it was his mother - Common Pleas Court Judge Angeles Roca - who was quick with the cutting remarks. Roca was furious with Judge Dawn A. Segal for denying her son's request to reopen his case, and called Segal's colleague - Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. - to complain.
December 22, 2015 |
JOEL MOLDOVSKY wasn't really the king of the gypsies, but there was a high probability that if Philadelphia's gypsy population held a vote back in the day, Moldovsky would have been a shoo-in. It was in the late 1970s, when Moldovsky was a hotshot Philly defense lawyer and the cops decided to crack down on gypsy fortune tellers. Correction: The original version incorrectly referred to "the late F. Lee Bailey. " Bailey is still alive. Moldovsky swooped in and represented 28 of the ladies of fortune, and got every one of them off. As quoted by the late Daily News columnist Larry Fields, Moldovsky told the judges, "Our city would lose some of its flavor without gypsy fortune tellers predicting good things for those who want to hear those encouraging words.
October 22, 2015 |
THE FAMILY of the toddler found wandering in LOVE Park last week will have to wait a little longer to be permanently reunited with the boy. A Family Court judge continued the case of little Jeremiyah and his 4-year-old sister, Malaysia, until Oct. 29. In the meantime, their parents, Michael Jones and Angelique Roland, will be granted visitation rights twice a week in two-hour stints. "The court in these cases, in general, has a tendency to err on the side of caution," said Brian Jenkins, the executive director of Chosen 300, a Christian ministry that helped raise $12,000 for the family.
October 9, 2015 |
A FORMER student at the Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, who had shot a friend to death in March, yesterday was sentenced in the tragic shooting. Ivan Oberholtzer was 17 at the time he shot and killed his friend, James Gerard Becker III, who was also 17 and a fellow classmate and senior at Kensington CAPA. Under a negotiated plea deal, Oberholtzer pleaded guilty in August to third-degree murder in adult court with the understanding that he would be supervised in both the juvenile-court system and the adult-court system.
September 10, 2015 |
It was a decision nobody should have to make. But the judge had no choice. The life or death of a woman suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - paralyzed, in constant pain, and begging to die, was his decision alone. It was probably the toughest call that Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Nicholas M. D'Alessandro would ever have to make. After interviewing Thelma Stussy, 51, who could only blink her eyes and nod, in her room at Neumann Medical Center in Kensington, along with members of her family, he ruled in April 1990 that the hospital could turn off the respirator that was keeping her alive.
September 9, 2015 |
IT WAS a decision nobody should have to make. But the judge had no choice. The life or death of a woman suffering from amyotropic lateral sclerosis, paralyzed, in constant pain and begging to die, was his decision alone. It was probably the toughest call that Common Pleas Judge Nicholas M. D'Alessandro would ever have to make. After interviewing the woman, Thelma Stussy, 51, who could only blink her eyes and nod, in her room at the Neumann Medical Center in Kensington, along with members of her family, he ruled in April 1990 that the hospital could turn off the respirator that was keeping her alive.