March 4, 2005
MILLIONS of dollars are squandered every year by SEPTA. And for years, the burden has fallen on to the riders. Just because Gov. Rendell comes up with a plan doesn't mean it makes sense. Why does it always have to reach a crisis before anyone will do something? Didn't the mayor see this coming? Or anyone in City Council? This insanity has been going on long enough. SEPTA's unions and management are making our public transit a mockery among the big cities of the country. Kenneth Carchidi, Glassboro, N.J.
March 27, 2009 |
A West Deptford man who strangled his two young half-sisters to death in 2007 was found not guilty by reason of insanity yesterday. A Superior Court judge in Gloucester County ruled that Marqueese Lee, 21, did not know that his actions were wrong when he killed the girls. A psychiatric examination found that Lee is a paranoid schizophrenic whose ability to reason is flawed. Lee, who waived his right to trial, is on medication and being held in the medical unit of the Gloucester County jail on $750,000 bail.
November 14, 1997 |
A man accused of stabbing his niece to death inside Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon had been found not guilty by reason of insanity of a murder in 1979, according to testimony at his arraignment yesterday. Charles L. McGriff, 46, of the Riverview Towers Apartments in Camden, was charged with murder and ordered held on $500,000 bail by Camden County Superior Court Judge Norman Telsey. McGriff was being held in the Camden County Jail. During the five-minute court hearing, Assistant Camden County Prosecutor James Conley told Telsey that McGriff had given investigators a statement admitting he fatally stabbed his niece, Dayna Ways, 32, of Maple Shade, while the family was waiting for a relative to receive treatment in an outpatient section of Cooper Hospital.
January 5, 2012 |
OSLO, Norway - Prison psychiatrists monitoring confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik say he is not psychotic and has not been put on medication, a prosecutor said in a court filing Wednesday, adding fuel to calls to reassess whether he is legally insane. The original finding of insanity by two court-appointed psychiatrists has been fiercely debated by mental-health experts, and several lawyers representing the victims of the massacre that rocked Norway have demanded the Oslo District Court order a second evaluation.
February 25, 2000 |
A District of Columbia jury found Tomar Locker innocent by reason of insanity yesterday in the shooting death of prizefighter Reuben Bell. Locker, 25, was caught on the security-camera videotape in the lobby of Washington Hospital Center shooting Bell in the back of the head on Feb. 5, 1998. Locker was nabbed three weeks later in South Carolina, where police said he admitted to the shooting. Prosecutors argued Locker thought Bell was one of the gunmen involved in a 1994 shooting that killed Locker's girlfriend, Keisha Cragg, and a friend, Keith Smith, and left Locker comatose for a month.
October 28, 2012 |
In most jurisdictions, state law forbids what's going on in my bedroom. No, not that, silly. I'm not talking the Vice Squad. I'm talking Animal Control. Or you could say, Fifty Shades of Puppy. Let me paint you a picture. On the left side of my bedroom is something called an ex-pen. No, it's not something you put your ex in. That would be Hell. As in, rot in. Handcuffs, of course, would be involved, but used for their intended purpose. Whips would be nice, and so would chains.
June 19, 1986 |
The story of Sylvia Seegrist's deteriorating mental condition should not be judged from the time she opened fire at the Springfield Mall on Oct. 30, but from the time she was 8 years old, when she was sexually molested by her grandfather, her attorney said yesterday. "It would be a gross mistake to think that this case started on Oct. 30," Steven C. Leach, who is using insanity as a defense in the case, told jurors in his opening statement at Seegrist's trial in Delaware County Court.
March 11, 1992 |
That night in bed, Eun Sook Kim watched the shadows playing on the bedroom wall, convinced they embodied evil. Already she believed that Satan possessed her and wanted her to spill innocent blood. Seeking spiritual help, the Korean-born mother of three had temporarily left Philadelphia to stay at the home of her minister in Wyndmoor, Montgomery County. Together their families prayed and sang religious songs before going to bed. At 1 a.m., the minister still heard soft singing and murmurs of "Hallelujah" coming from Kim's room - a hopeful sign, he later told detectives.
May 6, 2003 |
A Bucks County man accused of fatally stabbing his mother at their home last summer says he was legally insane at the time. Christopher Whelan of Richboro pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity at a brief arraignment yesterday in Bucks County Court. Whelan, 29, is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 1 stabbing death of Joan Whelan, 60. Prosecutors contend that Whelan stabbed his mother in the chest with a wood-handled knife, then called 911 to report the killing.