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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.
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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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April 5, 2012 | By Marc Bookman
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.
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March 5, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 2, 2012 | By Mark Scolforo, Associated Press
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.
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February 28, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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February 28, 2012
HARRISBURG - Jerry Sandusky's attorney wants the judge in his child-sex-abuse case to delay the start of trial until mid-July. In a motion filed yesterday, the former Penn State assistant football coach said he needs more time to interview witnesses, subpoena records and hire experts. Sandusky faces 52 criminal charges that he sexually abused 10 boys over a 15-year period, allegations he denies. Two weeks ago, Judge John Cleland tentatively scheduled jury selection to start on May 14 in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.
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February 24, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Opening statements are set for Friday in the trial of former Rutgers University freshman Dharun Ravi, who is charged with using a laptop webcam to secretly view his college roommate in a sexual encounter with another man. Jury selection in the high-profile case was completed Thursday in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick. The trial is expected to last up to four weeks. Ravi's roommate, Tyler Clementi, 18, committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge on Sept.
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February 23, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
TYPICALLY, it does not take trial attorneys a week to read the questionnaires from prospective jurors before ever interviewing those people. But that's going on this week in the largest courtroom at the Criminal Justice Center, as attorneys and Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina lay the groundwork to impanel a jury in the trial of three Philadelphia Catholic priests accused of raping and endangering altar boys beginning in the 1990s. Sarmina has said that the jury-selection process could take a month.
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February 23, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Jury selection is expected to wrap up Thursday in the trial of Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student charged with using his computer webcam to secretly view his dormitory roommate in a sexual encounter with another man. More than a dozen potential jurors were questioned Wednesday as Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman, prosecutors, and defense attorneys worked to select a panel of 16, including four alternates, to...
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