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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
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 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 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.
NEWS
October 14, 2014
HAVING READ the advertisement in your paper from the carpenters union about being locked out of the convention center and now the School Reform Commission ripping up the teachers contract, all I can say is come Nov. 4 both unions will continue to back and persuade their members to vote for all the Democratic candidates on the ballot. When will you get it? Doing the same thing over and over again is the definition of insanity. The Democratic Party running the city for the past 70 years is the cause of all your problems.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Dan Elliott, Associated Press
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - A judge accepted James Holmes' long-awaited plea of not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday and ordered him to undergo a mental evaluation - an examination that could be decisive in whether he is convicted and sentenced to die in the Colorado theater shootings. The judge also granted prosecutors access to a hotly contested notebook that Holmes sent to a psychiatrist shortly before the July 20 rampage, which left 12 people dead and 70 injured. The developments marked a major step forward in the case, which has inched along through thickets of legal arguments or veered off on tangents.
SPORTS
January 17, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WHEN 76ERS coach Doug Collins saw that his team's defense was pretty much making the game a shootout, he made the only adjustment he could. Instead of looking for defense, he decided to run with the bulls instead of trying to stop them. Down 18 points to begin the fourth quarter, Collins inserted recently shelved Nick Young. Looking for more of a defensive unit, Collins had pretty much relegated Young to the bench, not playing him at all in Saturday's win over Houston and sitting him for the first 36 minutes Tuesday.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
In a bid to become this era's James Dean, teen throat Justin Bieber is vroooming his cool $100,000 Fisker Karma headlong down the highways of L.A. Each report ups the speed. Accounts now have him rocketing down the roads at 100 m.p.h. on Friday. He was duly pulled over, for the second time that week. Bieb's team says it was only 80, in flight from paparazzi. He even made a 911 call afterward to complain about the other drivers. Jimmy Kimmel played the call on his show. Canadian boy in the big U.S. city, it all goes to your head ... and right foot.
NEWS
June 5, 2012
I married a man who lives two blocks from the Stu Bykofsky column-featured FrancoLuigi's, on 13th Street. Since I came from New Jersey, I had to get a new driver's license, get my car loan company to cooperate in getting a new car registration — took two weeks — and change over my insurance before I could get a parking permit. Now my daughter is with us for the summer and she can't get a parking permit because she has New Jersey tags. Frankly, she doesn't want to go through all the red tape that I did, especially since she'll be going to Maryland for school in the fall.
NEWS
May 17, 2012 | By Stephanie Farr, Daily News Staff Writer
By the time he appears in court on Friday, 12-year-old Gerald McNeal will have been in custody for 10 days for doing what he thought a big brother should do. His little brother, Isaac, 9, meanwhile, has been racked with guilt and feels responsible for the serious criminal charges that his brother faces because of Isaac's toy gun. "Mostly, I was crying because if I never would have bring it this would have never happened," said Isaac....
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