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December 17, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AND THEN there was one. At least that's what is expected to happen today in the big federal trial of members of the local Ironworkers union. Four remaining defendants had been expected to head to trial with jury selection starting today, but now three are expected to enter guilty pleas this morning. So that leaves one standing: Ironworkers Local 401's former longtime head, Joseph Dougherty, 73, who is expected to be the lone defendant facing a Jan. 5 trial, after jury selection this week.
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October 11, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County Court jury on Thursday convicted a King of Prussia man of first-degree murder in the killings of a grandmother and 10-month-old girl, a case that prosecutors said began as a kidnapping plot and spiraled quickly into brutal violence. Raghunandan Yandamuri, 28, a former information-technology worker who came to the United States from India on a work visa, faces the possibility of the death penalty for the 2012 stabbing of Satayrathi Venna, 61, and suffocation of her granddaughter, Saanvi Venna.
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May 21, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office would take on new responsibility for prosecuting traffic violations under a proposal announced Monday as part of a series of efforts to root out corruption in the city's troubled Traffic Court. Four city prosecutors and 10 paralegals would be dispatched to handle at least 500 cases a day, replacing a system in which police officers often have served in the prosecutorial role. The shift should bring more uniformity to the outcomes of cases and provide an extra level of scrutiny, Mayor Nutter and District Attorney Seth Williams said in announcing the proposal Monday.
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May 20, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
UPDATE: 1:55 p.m.: Jury selection in this case has been postponed to Wednesday. The judge who was presiding over the case, Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly, is unavailable to preside at the trial because of illness, an order filed today by Chief Judge Petrese Tucker said. This case will now be heard by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel. Earlier story below ... IT'S TIME for the judges to be judged. Six former Traffic Court judges and two businessmen will head to federal court in Philadelphia this morning for jury selection in their trial on accusations that they participated in a widespread ticket-fixing scheme.
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October 23, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
AXEL BARRETO made headlines Jan. 10, 2012, when he stormed out the back door of his Juniata Park home, and shot up a Toyota Corolla containing seven teenage boys who had come to fight one of his three stepsons. Three of the boys in the car died, one survived a gunshot to the neck and three were uninjured. The car had been circling the block before the shooting. Barreto, 32, goes on trial this week and could receive the death penalty if his jury finds him guilty of first-degree murder.
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October 2, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 36-year-old Gloucester County man pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder for stabbing his then-girlfriend in 2011, prosecutors said. Jacob Rodriguez stabbed Brittany L. Hickman, 28, in the throat, lungs, and stomach during an argument on June 22, 2011, in their West Deptford home. Rodriguez also pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering two children - the couple's 2-year-old daughter and Hickman's 4-year-old son - who were in the apartment at the time. Hickman stumbled to a neighbor, who called police to the Red Bank Run Townhomes.
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June 21, 2013 | By Mike Schneider and Kyle Hightower, Associated Press
SANFORD, Fla. - A jury of six women, five of them white and the other a minority, was picked Thursday to decide the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who says he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in self-defense. Prosecutors have said Zimmerman, 29, racially profiled the 17-year-old Martin as he walked back from a convenience store on a rainy night Feb. 26, 2012, wearing a dark hooded shirt. The race and ethnicity of the minority chosen for the jury was not immediately available.
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June 14, 2013 | By Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider, Associated Press
SANFORD, Fla. - The six jurors and four alternates eventually picked to hear the second-degree murder case of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman will be sequestered for the two to four weeks the trial will last, the judge presiding over the case said for the first time Thursday. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson told a potential juror on the fourth day of selection that all panelists will be kept isolated. During the first four days of jury selection, attorneys have asked potential jurors about the hardships they would face if they were kept away from their families during the trial.
NEWS
May 12, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 22, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
For five weeks, the jurors have heard one witness after another tell of beheaded babies, snipped spines, and a filthy clinic. They have seen color photos of aborted fetuses - some as old as seven months, others allegedly born breathing and moving - and sat just feet an array of aged equipment from the West Philadelphia abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell. Overcoming this pile of evidence may seem insurmountable, but that is the job defense attorney Jack McMahon begins Monday. At stake is his client's life.
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