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June 6, 2012 | By John P. Martin and and Joseph A. Slobodzian and INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
On their first full day of deliberations Monday, jurors in the landmark sex-abuse trial of two Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests weren't shy about asking questions. They asked for the definitions of attempted rape, and then rape itself. (They got them.) They wanted to know if they had to wait until reaching verdicts on both defendants before notifying the court staff. (They did.) And, in a question that stirred a spirited courtroom debate, they asked Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina to clarify what they needed to conclude that there had been a conspiracy within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to endanger children.
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 600 potential jurors are slated to pack Centre County's courthouse Tuesday as lawyers begin the tedious task of finding a dozen who have not already made up their minds about Jerry Sandusky. In a county where the child sex abuse allegations against the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach have already tarnished the reputation of a university and led to the downfall of local hero and former head coach Joe Paterno, that task is likely to prove challenging.
NEWS
June 5, 2012 | By Breaking News Desk
The judge who will preside over Jerry Sandusky's trial on sexual abuse charges today issued an order banning tweeting or other live electronic communications from the courtroom. Jury selection in the high profile case is set to begin Tuesday. Judge John M Cleland's short order does not explain the ban, but Pennsylvania law does not permit broadcasting of a trial. Sandusky, a former assistant to Penn State's late football coach Joe Paterno is charged with molesting 10 boys he met through a charity he set up for underprivileged youth.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2012 | John Timpane
Well, folks, they're squaring off. Stephen Baldwin vs. Kevin Costner, that is, and the issue is oil-cleanup technology. Jury selection began Monday in a New Orleans court. Steph says Kev cheated him out of his rightful share of proceeds when oil extractors were sold to British Petroleum during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico catastrophe. BP put down an $18?million deposit for 32 of these oil-and-water-separator doohickeys, invented by Kev (impressive), who made a company to make them. Steph and biz partner Spyridon C. Contogouris bought stock in it. They later agreed to sell their holdings.
NEWS
May 28, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The most turbulent school year in Penn State's history ended earlier this month. Students departed, warm weather arrived, and a fragile lull settled over a college town that will never get its innocence back. That temporary serenity figures to disappear on June 5, when jury selection begins in the case of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach whose November arrest on child-molestation charges triggered a tsunami of turmoil here. The trial, which the Centre Daily Times on Sunday termed "the biggest case in Centre County history," coupled with the anticipated August release of ex-FBI chief Louis Freeh's investigation of the university's handling of the entire affair, again will turn the media spotlight on State College, Penn State, and the tarnished legacy of Joe Paterno.
NEWS
May 4, 2012 | By Jan Hefler, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ed Forchion, known as NJ Weedman for his attention-grabbing advocacy of legalizing marijuana, began his criminal trial Thursday by freely admitting that he had a pound of the drug inside a duffel bag in his car trunk when police stopped him two years ago in Mount Holly. Then, Forchion lifted his shirt and a pant leg to display for the jury the scars he says came from recent surgeries to remove bone tumors. He said marijuana alleviated pain associated with the condition. "I don't feel I did anything wrong," Forchion, a Rastafarian, said as he defended himself in the unusual drug-dealing case in Superior Court in Burlington County.
NEWS
April 24, 2012 | BY JOHN P. MARTIN, Inquirer Staff Writer
EDWARD AVERY might be gone from the defense table at the landmark clergy-sex-abuse trial involving Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests, but he remains a pivotal figure in the case. On Monday, prosecutors and defense lawyers clashed over what jurors could and should be told about Avery, a defrocked priest who was removed as a defendant last month after his last-minute plea to charges that he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old altar boy. Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina suggested that jurors could even hear from Avery himself.
NEWS
April 6, 2012 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The trial for Linda Ann Weston and her alleged accomplices, accused of imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in a Tacony basement last fall, has been set for January 2013. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Jan. 28. The trial, which could last up to 10 weeks, would be scheduled to run for four days out of each week, attorneys said. Weston, 52, described by authorities as the ringleader of the group, is charged with kidnapping and assault, among other offenses. Also charged are Gregory Thomas, 48, Weston's boyfriend; Jean McIntosh, Weston's 32-year-old daughter, and Eddie Wright, 51. Prosecutors have alleged that they kidnapped the adults to steal their Social Security checks, then moved them around the country to escape detection by authorities.
NEWS
April 5, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Jury selection began Wednesday in the murder-kidnapping trial of Craig Arno, accused of stabbing an Atlantic City casino patron to death after abducting him from the garage of the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel Casino in May 2010. A panel of 150 potential jurors filled out questionnaires in Superior Court here before Judge Michael Donio began individual questioning to determine if they had heard about the case or had prejudices or biases that might prohibit them from serving.
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