June 29, 2014 |
A Philadelphia jury said Honda should pay $55.3 million to a York, Pa., resident who was badly injured in 2010 when his Acura Integra rolled over during a crash while he was en route to work in Maryland. American Honda Motor Co. said it would appeal Thursday's decision. A native of the Dominican Republic, Carlos Martinez, 57, was working as a glazier for a construction company at the time of the accident, but now must use a wheelchair, according to his attorney, Stewart Eisenberg.
June 20, 2014
A MAN DIES in the street and another man is charged. A jury is impaneled and for three days listens to the prosecution's version of events. Before presenting his case, the defense attorney appeals to the judge for an acquittal and she takes the uncommon step of dismissing the case. The victim was an off-duty cop. The accused worked for Wells Fargo. They had a history - the accused was involved with the dead man's ex-girlfriend. The prosecution's case was this: In 2012, there was a late-night collision between a car driven by Kareem Alleyne and a bicycle ridden by Marc Brady, 35, an off-duty cop. Brady died from injuries and Alleyne was charged with vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter.
June 19, 2014 |
Drexel sports-management professor Ellen Staurowsky couldn't have been surprised she'd get some pushback from NCAA attorneys when she testified Monday and Tuesday at the landmark Ed O'Bannon class-action antitrust trial. The main area she was asked to address by the plaintiffs' attorneys, she said, is whether the business practices associated with FBS football and men's basketball are consistent with the NCAA's claims about amateurism. Since Staurowsky is coauthor of a book titled College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA Amateur's Myth , you can guess where she stands on the issue.
June 12, 2014 |
Just because they call it a "gag order" doesn't mean you're allowed to write. That's the message a Philadelphia judge delivered Tuesday to Padge Victoria Windslowe - the hip-hop performer "Black Madam" awaiting trial in the death of a woman allegedly injected with illegal cosmetic silicone - after she sent plaintive letters to the Philadelphia Daily News. Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi warned Windslowe she could have been held in contempt of court for violating the gag order.
June 1, 2014 |
A homeless man convicted of stabbing and killing another homeless man in Center City's LOVE Park after an argument was sentenced to eight to 25 years in prison Friday. Frederick Mills, 47, apologized for killing Allen Jordan, 43, after a late-night confrontation in August 2011. During a jury trial in February before Common Pleas Court Judge Linda Carpenter, Mills testified that he got into the argument with Jordan after he was roughed up and robbed of jewelry. "He has no prior record and he's 47 years old," defense attorney Jay S. Gottlieb said of Mills.
April 16, 2014 |
A SOUTHWEST Philadelphia woman who in 2012 hired a neighborhood mechanic to murder her live-in boyfriend apparently looked reality in the face yesterday morning and called off her jury trial in Common Pleas Court. Instead of picking a jury, Desiree Arnett Hicks, 58, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for her role in the calculated May 31, 2012, slaying of Aaron Hayes, 52. Hayes, a SEPTA trolley operator, was gunned down just before 5 a.m. in front of the couple's Elmwood Avenue home as he opened the back door of his van to place work tools inside.
April 5, 2014 |
Maintaining his innocence - but wanting to avoid a possible death sentence - a Florida man allegedly linked by DNA to the 1996 rape and murder of a Kensington teen has agreed to a nonjury trial. Rafael Crespo appeared before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart on Thursday and waived his right to a trial by jury in the slaying of 17-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado. Minehart set Sept. 8 for a three-day bench trial, though he heard brief testimony from the girl's mother, Paulette Smith.
January 31, 2014 |
THE so-called Swiss Cheese Pervert is receiving "inpatient treatment," a judge was told yesterday. Just what type of treatment Christopher Pagano is undergoing was not revealed in court by his lawyer, Richard Quinton Hark, who also declined to specify it during an interview. Pagano, the Norristown man arrested in January for flashing his cheese-accessorized penis, was not in court to hear that his preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 10. The District Attorney's Office also informed Municipal Judge Wendy L. Pew that it will try Pagano by a jury rather than by judge, which it has a legal right to do despite the charges being misdemeanors.
November 27, 2013 |
DARBY BOROUGH After 23 years in the United States, business owner and ordained pastor Fayiah Lebie was looking forward to becoming a U.S. citizen on June 14, 2012. Instead, he spent the day in a jail cell. Now acquitted of the charges against him, Lebie filed suit against Darby Borough on Friday, contending that he was unjustly arrested and punched, and had a Taser used on him, simply because he took a photograph with his cellphone of a friend's vehicle that was about to be towed. According to his lawsuit, Lebie was attending a board meeting in the Delaware County borough of an organization that helps natives of his homeland, Liberia.