May 1, 2015 |
IN WHAT THEIR attorney called a "significant step" in the healing process of two survivors of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has settled the first civil suits filed in 2011 after a damning grand-jury report on sex abuse by area priests. The settlements with survivors - identified in court documents as John Doe 10 and John Doe 187 - were made earlier this year, the second coming in February the day before jury selection was to begin for the trials in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, said attorney Dan Monahan, who represented both men. Monahan and attorney Jeff Anderson announced the settlements yesterday.
May 1, 2015 |
For years, the man identified in court documents as John Doe 187 said he harbored thoughts of suicide - crippled by a "dark anger that was suffocating my soul. " The depression eased, he said, after he approached lawyers with allegations that a Philadelphia priest had abused him when he was a child, and he said he was prepared to testify against the priest at trial. That never happened. The man's lawsuit, filed in 2011 against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was settled last month - less than two months after the church settled a suit filed by another man who alleged that he, too, had been sexually abused as a boy by a priest.
April 17, 2015 |
IN WHAT could turn out to be a real "Modern Family," Nick Loeb , the ex-fiance of Sofia Vergara , is suing the Colombian bombshell to prevent her from destroying the fertilized eggs they created when they were a couple, TMZ.com reports. Loeb, it seems, still wants to have her baby. Is this going to be another Diane Sawyer interview? According to TMZ, Loeb claims that he and Sofia made a contract nearly two years ago in which they agreed to attempt to have children by means of in vitro fertilization.
January 27, 2015 |
Philadelphia police said Sunday that the body of a white male was found at 1:18 p.m. Sunday on the bank of the Schuylkill River in the 4400 block of Kelly Drive. The man, identified as "John Doe," was found caught in a tree line on the river bank by Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue. The scene was held, police said. Police said they would not likely release on Sunday the identity of the person found. The discovery has raised questions that it could be that of a missing Bucks County teacher, Christopher Tully, 40. But police emphasize there are others missing in the area besides Tully and that no name will be released until after any family members are notified and an autopsy is conducted.
December 4, 2014 |
Swarthmore College has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by an expelled student in a case that questioned whether the school's policies for handling sexual assault allegations were biased against men. The young man at its center - an honors student and former high school class president from Durham, N.C. - had maintained that he was wrongfully found guilty of sexual misconduct by a school eager to quash criticism that it did not take assault allegations...
September 5, 2014 |
A FEDERAL JUDGE ruled yesterday that a former Temple student who sued the school in a sexual-misconduct case cannot proceed under the pseudonym "John Doe" and will have to use his real name in future court filings. The "potential harm to Doe and those similarly situated is not enough to outweigh the public's interest in an open proceeding," U.S. District Judge Anita Brody wrote in an opinion. "Sexual assaults on college campuses and the measures universities are taking to respond to these incidents are important issues commanding national attention," she noted, adding that the "dispute, and Doe's name, will contribute to the current debate about sexual assault.
August 23, 2014 |
John Doe, bassist/vocalist for X, recognizes one noticeable difference in audiences for the band's current tour. "In 1980, parents weren't bringing their children to the show," Doe says. The 1980s have passed, but X will turn back the clock when the band performs Thursday at the Trocadero in Philadelphia. "We had four really good records," Doe says of Los Angeles , Wild Gift , Under the Big Black Sun , and More Fun in the New World , which came out between 1980 and 1983.
July 21, 2014 |
He called it consensual. She called it rape. Their college, Swarthmore, acted decisively. He was expelled. Those spare facts make up the little that the parties can agree upon in a lawsuit working its way through federal court in Philadelphia. The young man at its center - an honors student and former high school class president identified in court filings only as John Doe - says he was wrongfully accused and found guilty of sexual misconduct by a school eager to quash criticism that it did not take assault allegations from female students seriously.
April 11, 2013 |
FORMER MAYOR Frank Rizzo is having an artistic resurgence in Philly. Man about town Harry Jay Katz has discussed making a film version of Sal Paolantonio's book, Rizzo: the Last Big Man in Big City America. Katz pitched the treatment to Frank Stallone , who approved of the potential film and is taking it to his bro, Sylvester Stallone , about starring as Mayor Frank. In the current treatment, Frank would play Rizzo's brother, ex-Fire Commissioner Joe Rizzo . The movie will be written and directed by Katz's son, David Bar Katz ("The Pest")
February 22, 2013 |
The FBI ramped up its efforts Wednesday to help identify the subject of sexually explicit photographs that have circulated on the Internet for a decade. The photos, of an underage girl, have been viewed on child-pornography forums since February 2003, and agents also are seeking the public's help in identifying two men who may have had contact with the victim, the FBI said. The only clues the FBI has are images. They are of two unknown men, of a yellow T-shirt containing the outline of a basketball with the phrase "New Market Basketball," and of a home with what appears to be yellow siding and an aboveground swimming pool.