October 5, 2010
A group of 250 Philadelphians began going through the winnowing process Monday that will yield a Common Pleas Court jury of 12 to hear the death penalty trial of Rasheed Scrugs, accused killer of Philadelphia Police Officer John Pawlowski. The prospective jurors were queried by Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes about their feelings on the death penalty and how much they knew about the Feb. 13, 2009, shooting. Scrugs, 35, a West Philadelphia parolee, is accused of initiating the fatal shootout with police at Broad Street and Olney Avenue after a cabdriver there called 911 and said Scrugs was threatening him. Pawlowski, 25, an officer for five years, was hit in the upper chest by a bullet that passed over the top of his bulletproof vest.
November 11, 2000 |
The third week of jury selection in former NFL player Rae Carruth's murder trial ended yesterday with two alternate jurors still to be selected before opening statements and testimony can begin. Court ended after attorneys agreed on a white woman who works as a nurse as the second alternate juror. On Thursday, attorneys selected a white woman who works as a bookkeeper for Kmart as the first alternate juror. "I'm glad we're making progress," lead prosecutor Gentry Caudill said.
December 2, 1987 |
Prospective jurors in the federal drug trial of reputed mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo and four associates have been quizzed about their favorite television shows, hobbies, reading habits, opinions about wire- tapping, and whether they have any close friends who are lawyers. Six jurors were selected from a pool of 100 yesterday and were immediately sequestered - including a Lancaster County music teacher whose favorite author is Agatha Christie, and a Northeast Philadelphia railroad worker who named "Night Court" as his favorite program.
March 19, 1996 |
Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in Superior Court for a trial that could determine whether Robert W. Morton, 29, of Burlington City, lives or dies. Morton and another man are charged in the 1993 stabbing death of a Bible-reading Delran gas-station attendant. The Burlington County prosecutor has said that the 24 stab wounds inflicted on Michael Eck, 39, of Delanco, resulted from an attempt by Morton and Alonzo Bryant, 28, of Willingboro, to eliminate the only witness to a robbery.
May 11, 2010 |
Jury selection in the trial of William J. Barnes - accused of murdering Philadelphia Police Officer Walter T. Barclay Jr., who died 41 years after he was shot - started Monday, while opening arguments are scheduled for next week. The trial is unusual for the length of time between the incident, which happened on Nov. 27, 1966, and the officer's death, which came in 2007. Barnes, 73, shot Barclay after the officer found him burglarizing a beauty parlor on East Oak Lane. The officer was 23 at the time.
October 3, 1989 |
Jury selection is to resume this morning in the U.S. District Court retrial of six former Philadelphia police officers accused of using their badges to steal money and drugs seized from dealers during police searches. No jurors were chosen yesterday, but a full panel of 12 jurors and four alternates is expected to be selected today. Opening statements in the Five Squad corruption retrial also are likely to take place today before Senior U.S. District Judge Clarence C. Newcomer.
June 26, 2010 |
Jury selection was completed yesterday for the trial of two men accused of murdering Philadelphia Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski in 2008. In addition to 12 jurors, four alternates were selected by prosecution and defense attorneys during a process that began June 7. If convicted of first-degree murder, Eric D. Floyd, 35, and Levon T. Warner, 41, could be sentenced to death. Liczbinski, 39, was shot to death May 3, 2008, while trying to stop the defendants and gunman Howard Cain as they fled a Port Richmond bank they had robbed.