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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.
NEWS
March 27, 2009 | By Allison Steele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 14, 1997 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 5, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
SPORTS
February 25, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
October 28, 2012 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
June 19, 1986 | By Carole Fleck, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
March 11, 1992 | By Larry King, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 6, 2003 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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NEWS
July 31, 2016 | By Daniel Block, Staff Writer
Cherie Amoore was suffering from depression after her newborn died. And when she saw another woman's similar-looking baby at the King of Prussia Mall, she entered a "dissociative state," her attorney said, leading her to snatch the 7-week-old from her mother and take him home. Mark Steinberg said he intends to call on two psychiatrists and a forensic psychologist to make that case at Amoore's trial on a charge of kidnapping and related counts. Under state law, a person who is found to be legally insane at trial can be sent to a mental-health facility instead of jail.
NEWS
April 8, 2016
Wolf vows executive order on LGBT protection HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf says he'll sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination by state contractors against people who are lesbian, gay, or transgender. Wolf told WESA-FM in Pittsburgh on Wednesday that he had hoped the Legislature would pass legislation designed to outlaw discrimination based on someone's sexual orientation or gender identity. He said he's decided he needs to move forward with the executive order since the bills have languished.
NEWS
January 22, 2016
J ACK STOLLSTEIMER . Ever heard of him? We certainly have. Repeatedly. No, it's not a household name, but Stollsteimer, you might recall, is the former safe-schools advocate for the Philadelphia School District. He previously served as an assistant district attorney in Delaware County and as an assistant U.S. attorney. Nice fella, but boy, does he have commitment issues. That's what we at Clout call it when someone is always in the mix to run for public office but is never actually running . We've been hearing Stollsteimer's name as a potential candidate for about a decade now. In 2007, for example, Delco Democrats tried to recruit him to run for district attorney.
NEWS
November 25, 2015 | Dom Giordano
ON THE DAY before Thanksgiving, let's give thanks that a Philadelphia mayor's bout of responsible and sane thinking will be quickly corrected by Mayor-elect Jim Kenney. At least Mayor Nutter can plead temporary insanity as a defense for his actions in 2014 when he ordered that Philadelphia authorities would be barred from the city's compliance with federal requests to detain those who might be in our country illegally and otherwise would be released pending trial for some criminal offense.
NEWS
November 18, 2015 | Stu Bykofsky, Daily News Staff Writer
BEING AN ELECTED official means never having to say you're sorry, but sometimes actions speak louder than words. When the Nutter administration quietly decided last week to retool its insane and dangerous 18-month-old Sanctuary City policy, I thought I heard an unspoken apology for having gone too far. The civic insanity began in 2009 when enablers of undocumented lawbreakers demanded that the city not cooperate with the federal government....
NEWS
October 31, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Melissa Murray Bailey has been talking about insanity for months. Such is the life of a Republican nominee for mayor in Philadelphia. Bailey, 36, summed up for the city's Republican ward leaders in February how she saw life in Democratic-controlled Philadelphia with words often attributed to Albert Einstein: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. " It worked. The party looked past the fact that Bailey was a political novice and a Democrat until last January, choosing her as its standard-bearer over three equally unknown candidates.
NEWS
October 9, 2015 | By Will Bunch, Daily News Columnist
THIS PAST WEEKEND, a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan, against a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, known around the globe as Medecins Sans Frontieres , or MSF, killed at least 22 people - doctors, nurses and patients, including three children. It is hard to know where to start on this one. There is the fact that MSF shared the coordinates of its hospital - one of the few places left treating people in that war-torn region - with America and its allies days before the attack in an effort to prevent what happened anyway.
NEWS
December 5, 2014
WE ARE hardworking volunteers and spend many hours fighting to maintain the quality of life of the residents south of Packer Avenue that live in our two communities. District 1 comprises 221 residences between 13th and Broad streets, South of Packer Avenue - three blocks from the proposed Live! Casino. District 2 comprises 1,250 residences and is a few blocks farther west, and is already heavily impacted by the traffic that the sports complex generates now. Our convent, rectory, the Mastery Charter Elementary School and Stella Maris Church are within two blocks of 10th and Packer.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Opposing counsel and experts agreed that Maria Garcia-Pellon was mentally ill when she killed her husband, former University of Pennsylvania basketball star Matt White, and the judge said Wednesday the state's evidence "does not allow for a guilty verdict" on the first- or third-degree murder counts. Delaware County Court Judge Kevin Kelly did not issue a decision and deferred any verdict in the nonjury trial until Tuesday. But beyond the first- and third-degree charges the remaining options would be not guilty, not guilty by reason of insanity, guilty but mentally ill of voluntary manslaughter, or guilty but mentally ill of first-degree murder.
NEWS
December 4, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maria Garcia-Pellon sat quietly in court as her family and friends recounted what they described as her delusional behavior leading up to the night she stabbed her husband, former University of Pennsylvania basketball star Matthew White. "You are going to take a trip through the depths of mental illness," said defense attorney Thomas Bergstrom in his opening statement before Delaware County Court Judge Kevin Kelly, who will decide Garcia-Pellon's fate. The nonjury trial is scheduled to continue Wednesday.
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