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.
August 24, 2015 |
A JUDGE YESTERDAY acquitted three defendants who are members of the "Moorish Nation" of all or most charges stemming from an incident that happened in Family Court when the three refused to stand up, raise their hands and be sworn in during a court proceeding. Members of the "Moorish Nation" consider themselves not subject to the jurisdiction of local courts. At the end of yesterday's trial, Municipal Judge David Shuter acquitted Janaya Pulliam, 32, and Alexis Sloan, also 32, of misdemeanor charges of defiant trespass and conspiracy.
June 17, 2015 |
A PHILADELPHIA Common Pleas jury deliberated for about three hours yesterday morning before finding Aki Jones, 39, and Shaheed Williams, 23, guilty of attempted murder. The two also were found guilty of witness intimidation, aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy in the shooting of Michael Vessels, 46, who survived five gunshot wounds Sept. 26, 2011. Vessels had called police from his North Philly home after witnessing a man who fired a gun into the air at the scene of a fight involving teenage girls in November 2010.
June 12, 2015 |
WHAT'S THE BEST way to cut down on the school-to-prison pipeline? Keep kids in school, according to District Attorney Seth Williams. The city's top prosecutor routinely recites the frightening statistics: High school dropouts in Philly are eight times more likely to go to state prison than their counterparts. They are also more likely to be murder victims. To tackle the issue, Williams wants to get tougher on truancy by sending letters to families of students who rack up 10 or more unexcused absences - with the threat of criminal charges if the kids don't straighten up. "I want the D.A.'s office to be the hammer for [Superintendent William]
June 10, 2015 |
A MINISTER WHO was shot five times - and miraculously survived - emotionally testified before a Common Pleas jury Tuesday about the morning a gunman ambushed him. Michael Vessels, 46, was allegedly targeted because he witnessed a fight among teenage girls outside his then-North Philly home, in which a man, Aki Jones, then got out of a car with a gun and fired it into the air. Jones later pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of a...
April 8, 2015 |
Parts of the Vine Street Expressway will be closed during pre-commuting hours starting next week as part of a $64.8 million project to replace seven aging bridges in Center City. The roadway will be shut down between Broad Street and the Schuylkill Expressway from 12:01 to 5 a.m. starting next Tuesday and will continue to be closed during those hours through April 17, according to the state Department of Transportation. Traffic will be detoured onto John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Market Street.
February 6, 2015 |
NO PARENT ever dreams their kid will become an addict. If that weren't obvious enough, it lay bare in the despair and desperation on the faces of many of the parents who attended a recent forum about young people struggling with substance abuse. Nancy and Kevin Peter, of West Mount Airy, were panelists at the Horsham Township Community Center forum last week. When it was their turn to speak, Nancy began with an admission that moved other parents to nod in agreement. When the Peters envisioned their only son's life, addiction wasn't part of it. "I suspect it's what happens when a child is suddenly hurt in an accident, or is stricken with a disease . . . parents have to 'recalibrate' the future they envisioned for their son or daughter," she later said.
January 31, 2015 |
Jim Kenney and Kevin Dougherty grew up in the same South Philadelphia neighborhood, two kids from the block in Whitman who crafted careers in public service. The city councilman and Common Pleas Court judge are now aiming higher. And their ambitions align in a way that stands to benefit them both. Kenney, 56, resigned Thursday from his sixth term on Council and is now preparing a campaign for mayor. Dougherty, 52, is expected to announce in three weeks his bid for one of three openings on the state Supreme Court.
January 15, 2015 |
To her family, 16-year-old Zaria Estes is a "considerate and caring" girl who likes tuna fish and dancing and doesn't always keep her room clean. But to Abbey Luffey's family, Estes is the cold and calculating monster who attacked Luffey, a Temple University student, last March as Luffey walked with her boyfriend on the edge of campus. As she and her friends hunted prey for their sadistic game of "knock a bitch down," Estes bashed Luffey in the face with a brick, leaving her with a broken jaw, palate and teeth - and a shattered sense of security.