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March 31, 1994 | By Emilie Lounsberry, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 28, 1995 | By Angela Paik, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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February 11, 1987 | By Kitty Dumas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 8, 1989 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 7, 1997 | By Claude Lewis
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.
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January 13, 1993 | By Diane Mastrull, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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January 17, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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September 8, 1988 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 3, 1990 | By Gary Cohn, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 14, 1986 | By Nicole Brodeur, Special to The Inquirer
Jury selection began yesterday in the trial of a Pemberton Township woman charged with murdering an alleged cocaine dealer by stabbing him 50 times in a Wrightstown motel. Ledora Watkins, 18, of Ursinus Court, faces charges of murder and aggravated manslaughter in Burlington County Superior Court in the death of Rafael Carmenate, 51, of Kinsley Road in Pemberton. Carmenate's body was found on the morning of Sept. 22 in a room at the Royal Motel on Georgetown-Wrightstown Road.
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August 10, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
A jury of six men and six women was selected Monday to decide the fate of Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, clearing the way for opening arguments Tuesday in Norristown. "We have our jury," Common Pleas Court Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy announced after a nine-hour selection process. She said Kane's trial on perjury, conspiracy, obstruction, and other charges would last a week. Earlier in the day, the judge read a list of people who will either be witnesses at the trial or whose names may come up in testimony.
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August 3, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
A week before Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is set to face criminal trial, her lawyers filed an emergency petition with the state Supreme Court on Monday asking that the charges against her be dismissed. The so-called King's Bench motion marked a last-minute attempt to avoid or delay trial for Kane. Jury selection is to begin Monday in Norristown. King's Bench actions, named for the high court in English common law, may be filed only in matters of immediate public importance.
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July 20, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia corrections officer pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of simple assault in a 2014 incident involving an inmate at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. Larry Levy, 31, entered the plea before Common Pleas Court Judge Anne Marie B. Coyle on what was to have been the start of jury selection for his trial for the Nov. 25, 2014, assault. Coyle ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Sept. 27. Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wellbrock said Levy could face up to two years in prison.
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July 13, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
The criminal trial of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is on track to begin Aug. 8 in Norristown, lawyers said Monday. After a closed-door conference with Montgomery County Court Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy, attorneys on both sides said they had resolved pretrial matters. Kane's attorney, Gerald Shargel, said he expected jury selection to last from one to two days. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said he expected the trial to last about a week. Demchick-Alloy will hold a final pretrial motions hearing July 26, according to an order issued Monday.
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May 5, 2016 | Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A jury of six men and six women was seated Tuesday to weigh the federal corruption case against U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) later this month. Opening arguments in the racketeering conspiracy case are scheduled for May 16 before U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III. Fattah, 59, has repeatedly denied charges that he accepted a lobbyist's bribes and misused charitable funds, campaign contributions and federal grant money under his control to pay off personal and campaign debts.
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April 28, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Jeremy Roebuck, and Claudia Vargas, STAFF WRITERS
Chaka Fattah, a fixture in Philadelphia politics for three decades, was ousted from the Second Congressional District seat by State Rep. Dwight Evans in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Fattah's fall came 20 days before the start of his federal criminal trial, an impending peril he tried to downplay as he campaigned for a 12th term. Fattah conceded just after 10 p.m. He stuck to the twin themes of his campaign - his long record of bringing resources to the district, and his complaint that the media did not give those accomplishments attention.
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October 16, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
THERE'S AN old adage in the legal profession that's often credited to Abraham Lincoln: "He who represents himself has a fool for a client. " You know who else said it? The guy handling security yesterday outside courtroom 16A, where Chaka Fattah Jr.'s federal bank-fraud and tax-evasion trial got underway with jury selection. Fattah, 33, son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah - who is also under federal indictment in a separate case - is taking the risky gamble of representing himself at trial.
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October 1, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Opening statements are set for Wednesday afternoon in the Philadelphia murder trial of a demolition contractor accused of causing the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse that killed six people and injured 13. A 12-member Common Pleas Court jury and three alternates were selected Tuesday, and Judge Glenn B. Bronson and prosecution and defense lawyers will spend Wednesday morning picking two more alternate jurors for the estimated four-week-long trial....
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June 17, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two North Philadelphia men were convicted Monday of attempted murder and conspiracy in the shooting of a neighborhood preacher who refused a $500 bribe to not testify against one of them. The Common Pleas Court jury of seven women and five men deliberated about three hours before returning guilty verdicts against Aki Jones, 39, and Shaheed Wilson, 23, for shooting Michael Vessels. Vessels, 46, of the same North Philadelphia neighborhood as Jones and Wilson, was shot five times and left for dead on Sept.
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