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October 13, 2006 | By Julie Shaw INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The man accused of strangling La'Toyia Figueroa, the 24-year-old pregnant West Philadelphia woman whose disappearance became a cause celebre, waived his right to a jury trial yesterday. With that, testimony began in the trial of Stephen Poaches, 27, of West Philadelphia, who faces two counts of murder and related offenses in the July 18, 2005, deaths of Figueroa and her unborn child. Poaches was the father of the child and Figueroa's former boyfriend. Michael Coard, Poaches' lawyer, said in a telephone interview yesterday that he and his client always wanted a trial by judge alone, not jury, because of the "legal niceties" involved in the case that a judge would probably better understand.
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December 7, 1989 | By Connie O'Kane, Special to The Inquirer
Broadening a controversial decision he made earlier this year, a Burlington County judge ruled this week that an accused drunken driver has a right to a jury trial even if the driver is only a first offender. Superior Court Judge Martin L. Haines wrote in an opinion released yesterday that the penalties drunken drivers face are serious enough to require a jury trial, even if these trials are more time-consuming and expensive than the nonjury municipal court trials that take place now. Haines had earlier ruled that only second offenders had a right to juries.
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December 4, 1988 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 17-year-old Chester boy accused of participating in the August shooting death of a former Chester High School cheerleader is scheduled to go on trial in Delaware County Court this week on a charge of first-degree murder. Five teenagers were acquitted of first-degree murder but were found guilty Nov. 3 of aggravated assault in a nonjury trial stemming from a gang shootout in which Carla Carrington, 17, of Chester, was killed by a stray bullet. Common Pleas Court Judge Domenic Jerome found a sixth youth not guilty of any charges.
SPORTS
January 30, 1988 | The Inquirer Staff
The Minnesota Twins agreed to contract terms yesterday with veteran lefthanded pitcher Steve Carlton, who had become a free agent after not receiving a contract offer from the Twins at the end of the 1987 season. Terms of the one-year pact were not disclosed. Minnesota acquired Carlton, 43, at the beginning of August from the Cleveland Indians. He was 5-9 with the Indians in 1987 but went 1-5 with the Twins and was not on Minnesota's playoff roster. He had a combined 5.74 earned run average with the two teams last season.
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October 28, 1998 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
The rights of the criminally accused in Pennsylvania are at issue with two ballot questions that voters will decide Tuesday. Both questions are proposed amendments to the state constitution. As required, they have passed two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly. The first change to the state constitution would allow for the denial of bail if a defendant is charged with an offense punishable by life imprisonment or if the safety of any person or the community cannot be reasonably assured.
NEWS
May 22, 1998
For now, the judge is still the person for whom all stand in a Pennsylvania courtroom. But imagine a different start to a trial: Order in the court. All rise, for the honorable . . . district attorney. Sound far-fetched? Well, if a proposed amendment to the state constitution goes ahead giving prosecutors the right to demand a jury trial, court criers might as well herald the prosecutor's arrival. Judges - not to mention defendants - may be asked to knock before entering the room.
NEWS
February 7, 1997
When the Philadelphia courts make headlines, the folks in black robes often light up the office switchboard, calling one another to discuss the news. But following a Sunday Inquirer report about the breaks judges sometimes give people convicted in robbery, assault and drug cases, the phones didn't jump off the hook. Judges know well this is the way the system works. The shock, maybe, comes for the rest of us, lulled by all the tough-on-crime talk by elected officials.
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March 25, 1993 | By Suzanne Gordon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The lawyer for Charles Bagley, charged with murder in the 1989 death of his wife in a whirlpool bath, said yesterday that he might ask for a non-jury trial when the case goes to trial April 12. Neil Jokelson said yesterday during a pretrial hearing in Delaware County Court that it appeared likely that Bagley would waive his right to a jury trial. Judge Joseph P. Cronin said he would advise Bagley whether he felt such a decision was wise. In the hearing that began yesterday and is expected to continue today, Jokelson contended that the prosecution had not provided the defense with a theory as to how the alleged crime was committed.
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September 22, 1992 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
T. Milton Street, the flamboyant ex-Traffic Court official, was sentenced yesterday to four weekends in jail, fined $3,000 and ordered to perform 480 hours of community service for assaulting a Traffic Court employee in May 1991. On April 3, Street, a former state senator, was convicted by a Common Pleas Court jury of simple assault and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident on May 1, 1991, when Street burst into the courtroom of George Twardy, then Traffic Court's president judge, shoved aside one court officer and punched another in the mouth.
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April 16, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
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.
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April 5, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 31, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
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.
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 12, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
EDWARD SHEED, a Philadelphia man who made headlines at age 11 for bravely walking into a police station to report that his father was forcing him to sell drugs, was sent to state prison yesterday. Sheed, 22, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years behind bars for an unprovoked, daylight shooting in 2011 of Marvin Brown, 21, who was rendered a quadriplegic after bullets pierced his neck, chest and thigh. Evidence presented during the July jury trial in Common Pleas Court indicated that Sheed reached into Brown's sweatpants pocket to steal his cellphone and opened fire when the victim tried to retrieve the phone.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
An Overbrook man charged in last year's sidewalk shooting of the son of a Philadelphia police officer waived his right Monday to a jury trial on murder charges. Rasheed Gey, 20, opted to be tried by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson in the Feb. 6, 2012, killing of Dennis Gore Jr. Bronson said opening statements and testimony would begin Tuesday in a trial that is expected to last two or three days. Criminal defendants have a right to trial by a jury of 12, but some choose to waive that right and be tried by the judge.
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than $2 billion will change hands after four pharmaceutical companies said Wednesday they have settled lawsuits over patent infringement. Pfizer Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals will share the money. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., will pay the money. All four companies have operations in the Philadelphia region. Teva will pay $1.6 billion — half in 2013, the rest in 2014 — and Sun Pharma will pay $550 million in 2013 to settle the suits over the heartburn medicine Protonix.
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June 7, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, CHRIS BRENNAN & JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT Administration had Griffin T. Campbell dead-to-rights. It was the middle of the summer in 2000, and a confidential informant bought 56 grams of crack cocaine from Griffin for $1,800 at the Happy Hollow Playground on Wayne Avenue in Germantown - all while DEA agents watched, according to court documents. Six months later, the same informant returned to Germantown - again under DEA surveillance - and allegedly purchased 54 grams of crack from Campbell, whose construction company was in charge of demolishing a four-story Center City property that collapsed Wednesday, killing six people and injuring 13 others.
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January 29, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carl R. Greene, the former executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, waived his right to a jury trial Monday in his breach-of-contract dispute with the authority. The sides were to have begun selecting jurors Monday. Instead, they will present opening arguments before U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Greene claims that the agency did not have cause to fire him in September 2010 and owes him $743,000 in salary and vacation time, plus damages.
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