June 5, 2012 |
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.
May 28, 2012 |
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.
May 4, 2012 |
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.
April 24, 2012 |
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.
April 6, 2012 |
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.
April 5, 2012 |
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.
April 5, 2012 |
Two astonishing but largely unnoticed events recently took place in the Philadelphia criminal justice system: A young man was sentenced to death after proceedings that were often reminiscent of a routine felony case; and John Herron, the administrative judge of the Common Pleas Court, dismantled a committee of judges, defense lawyers, and prosecutors convened to monitor and improve the quality of representation in death-penalty cases. Almost 25 years ago, when a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court refused to address the overt racism of capital punishment in Georgia, Justice William Brennan wrote that his brethren seemed to have a "fear of too much justice.
March 5, 2012 |
Ending a two-week screening process, lawyers on Monday chose a retired nurse and an airport security guard as the final alternate jurors for the conspiracy and child-sex abuse trial of three current and former Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests. The 10 alternates will join six male and six female jurors in the courtroom during the trial but participate in deliberations only if any of the original 12 are removed or withdraw from serving. Opening statements are scheduled to begin March 26, and the trial is projected to last as long as four months.
March 2, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - A court filing Thursday by prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse case said his alleged victims ranged in age from 8 to 17, and that crimes involving eight of the boys occurred on the Pennsylvania State University campus. The Attorney General's Office issued a "bill of particulars" that said crimes involving one boy took place in Florida and Texas, while another boy was abused at his own school. Two of the boys, identified in a grand jury report as Victim 2 and Victim 8, remain unidentified to authorities, according to the court filing.
February 28, 2012 |
THE FIRST FIVE jurors were selected yesterday in the child-sexual-abuse trial of three Philadelphia Catholic priests. Jury selection was scheduled to resume this morning, with 30 more potential jurors to be interviewed, Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said last night. Earlier in the day, Sarmina rejected a defense motion requesting that child-endangerment charges be dropped against a former Catholic church official due to the discovery of new evidence. She ruled after prosecutors asserted that the new evidence actually will help them prove the guilt of Monsignor William Lynn.