September 18, 2013 |
Jerry Sandusky's appeal of his conviction on child sex-abuse charges is set to begin with a hearing Tuesday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre before Superior Court. The former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach, who is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence for molesting 10 boys, is not expected to appear as part of the proceedings this week. The hearing is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Sandusky, who was convicted in June 2012 on 45 counts of sexual abuse, is seeking a new trial.
July 17, 2013 |
MIAMI - A juror in the George Zimmerman trial said yesterday that the actions of the neighborhood-watch volunteer and Trayvon Martin both led to the teenager's fatal shooting last year, but that Zimmerman didn't actually break the law. The woman known as Juror B37 told CNN's Anderson Cooper that Zimmerman made some poor decisions leading up to the shooting, but that Martin wasn't innocent, either. "I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into," said the juror, who is planning to write a book about the trial.
May 2, 2013 |
The Philadelphia jury considering the murder case against abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell begins its first full day of deliberations Wednesday after lengthy legal instructions from the judge and several hours of review. The Common Pleas Court jury of seven women and five men deliberated about three hours Tuesday after Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart gave two hours of instructions in the law involving murder, abortion, theft, and racketeering. "You've heard the case," Minehart told the jurors.
February 1, 2013 |
A Centre County judge denied Jerry Sandusky a new trial Wednesday, ruling that the former Pennsylvania State University football coach had sufficient time to prepare his defense to charges that he sexually assaulted teenage boys. Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of sexual abuse of minors in a case that drew international attention. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. Sandusky, 68, argued that the denial of a trial delay amounted to a denial of his Sixth Amendment right to an attorney.
May 9, 2012 |
DURING HIS closing argument Tuesday in the trial of Sabina Rose O'Donnell's alleged killer, a city prosecutor seized on DNA evidence that linked Donte Johnson to her 2010 rape and murder. A defense attorney, for his part, said that the "feeble-minded" Johnson may have been "one can short of a sixpack" but that he was not guilty. The arguments, delivered to a packed Philadelphia courtroom, were followed by jury instructions from Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson. The jury deliberated for about two hours before going home for the day. Johnson, 20, is accused of stalking the 20-year-old Northern Liberties waitress as she rode a borrowed bicycle home on Girard Avenue early on June 2, 2010.
April 27, 2011 |
After speaking with the widow of slain police officer Daniel Faulkner, District Attorney Seth Williams said he would appeal a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals here yesterday awarding convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal a new sentencing hearing. Williams will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the appeals court's decision and reinstate Abu-Jamal's death sentence. The D.A. said Maureen Faulkner was "devastated" by the ruling. Abu-Jamal, 57, was convicted in 1982 of first-degree murder in Faulkner's slaying and was sentenced to death.
January 27, 2008 |
In the nearly 26 years since his conviction for the murder of Officer Daniel Faulkner, the international tempest over Mumia Abu-Jamal has fixed primarily on this question: Did he do it, or was he framed by Philadelphia police? Yet inside the chambers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Abu-Jamal's innocence or guilt is not the issue. Since May, three judges have been weighing whether to reinstate his death sentence, overturned in 2001. If they do, his last hope will be the U.S. Supreme Court, which hears fewer than 2 percent of all petitions filed each year.
April 12, 2007 |
A federal appellate court panel in Massachusetts has overturned the drug-trafficking conviction of Robert Luisi Jr., a wiseguy who had a brief and checkered career as a Boston-area operative for Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino. A three-judge panel ruled Tuesday that the judge at Luisi's 2002 trial had failed to instruct the jury properly on an entrapment defense. Luisi, 46, was convicted and sentenced to 235 months in prison. A representative for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston said yesterday that the office was reviewing the appellate decision and would have no comment.
August 12, 2003 |
A new trial must be held to determine whether a state corrections officer should be awarded punitive damages for sexual harassment by his coworkers, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The justices upheld a 2001 appeals court ruling that because of improper instructions to the jury, Robert Lockley Jr., a guard at the Mid-State Correctional Facility at Fort Dix, was not entitled to the $3 million in punitive damages he had been awarded. Lockley's attorney, Linda Wong, said yesterday that they were ready to take the matter to trial again.