March 31, 1994 |
Jury selection in the criminal trial of State Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen started here yesterday, and defense attorney William C. Costopoulos said his witness list included State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo and State Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr.'s brother, Robert. Costopoulos disclosed his witness list at the request of Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge J. Terrence O'Brien. Later, he would not say why he wanted to call either man. Costopoulos already has lost a court ruling that bars him from calling Ernie Preate, who is running for governor; State Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille, or any other witness he wanted to call to support his contention that the charges were politically motivated.
April 28, 1995 |
Courtroom proceedings in the case of a murdered Chester store owner have taken on characteristics reminiscent of the Dell Gease murder trial that ended in a death sentence this month. During a pretrial hearing yesterday, Thomas Charles O'Neal, 18, who is charged with murdering Kuldip Singh in August, showed some of the volatile nature that Gease displayed several times during his trial. As his handcuffs were removed in the courtroom yesterday, O'Neal snapped at Deputy Sheriff Gregory T. Price, "If you ever touch me again, I'm going to kill you," Price said.
February 11, 1987 |
Jury selection began yesterday in Gloucester County Superior Court in the murder trial of David M. Russo, the Air Force sergeant charged with fatally shooting a Monroe Township man and wounding two others. Russo, 31, of Dover Air Force Base, Del., is charged in the slaying of Joseph Iovanisci, 20, of Monroe Township, during the March 7, 1985, robbery of an automobile-repair shop in Woolwich Township. If convicted, Russo could receive the death penalty. Russo also is charged with wounding Dino Rossi of Greenwich and Ann Marie Kiley of East Greenwich during the robbery.
December 8, 1989 |
A black, drug-peddling sex offender who claimed that blacks were systematically excluded from his jury will get a court hearing on his racial discrimination complaint. Harvey Weaver, 25, who was convicted by an all-white jury last year of sexually molesting a 19-year-old woman, produced evidence of "purposeful discrimination" in selecting a jury, said the state Superior Court this week. Superior Court Judge James E. Rowely wrote that the prosecutor "is obliged to provide reasons of sufficient detail to permit meaningful review by the trial court and, if necessary, the appellate court.
April 7, 1997 |
The battle between Democratic incumbent District Attorney Lynne Abraham and her GOP endorsed rival, Jack McMahon, an ex-prosecutor-turned prominent defense lawyer, reminds me of a battle between two greasy wrestlers. Both Abraham and McMahon are slippery characters who've committed more than a few flagrant fouls in their time. Each has twisted the truth into more turns than a Philadelphia pretzel. Both have allowed more than a few insensitive remarks to escape their lips. Each stands as a precise example of what is wrong with Philadelphia, a great city perpetually plagued by poor leadership.
May 12, 2013 |
A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury returns Monday to continue deliberating in the murder trial of West Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. The jury of seven women and five men, which has deliberated for a total of about 51 hours since April 30, broke for the weekend at 1:30 p.m. Friday after telling court officials they were "drained. " The jurors seemed to spend much of the week tackling the murder charges against Gosnell, 72, who operated the Women's Medical Society clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. from 1979 to 2010 when it was closed after a federal-state drug raid.
January 13, 1993 |
Robert Raymond Rambo, a mechanic who works nights at a trucking company outside San Francisco, was awakened about a week ago by pounding on his front door. Outside was a person from his South Jersey past: Washington Township Detective Sgt. James Fanelli. Lawrence Magid, a Gloucester County prosecutor, was with him. They wanted to talk about a murder. According to court records obtained yesterday, it was Rambo who led authorities to suspect Robert F. Brown in the August 1981 kidnapping and slaying of Karen Sewekow, the only daughter of a Medford Lakes insurance executive.
January 17, 2012 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - The young police officer eased his cruiser down the street on the afternoon of Jan. 14, 2011, rolling up alongside a younger man he wanted to speak with about something. It was, as a friend of the officer would later recall, "the intersection of good and evil. " Within moments, Patrolman Christopher Matlosz, 27, was mortally wounded, shot three times at close range. Just over 38 hours later, a SWAT team arrested Jahmell Crockam, 19, in the bedroom of a Camden apartment, where authorities say he had fled after the killing.
September 8, 1988 |
In the half-century that David Friedland has been alive, he has captured headlines as a rising star in the New Jersey state Senate, as an accomplished attorney and as a convicted felon. Nothing he has done, though, can top the scuba-diving death he faked in the Bahamas three years ago, judging from responses of potential jurors questioned yesterday for Friedland's trial. "He swindled some money and went on a nice extended holiday and faked his death and had a good time while it lasted," said the first juror, who was excused because he said he could not be fair.
April 3, 1990 |
The jury selection process began yesterday in the U.S. District Court trial of Earl Stout, the former labor leader who is charged with stealing nearly $1 million from the municipal-workers' union he headed for 13 years. A pool of potential jurors filled out questionnaires, but no jurors were selected. The questionnaires sought information on the potential jurors' backgrounds and beliefs and asked whether they personally knew Stout, his three co- defendants or any of the possible witnesses in the case.