January 29, 2013 |
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.
April 10, 2012 |
Louis Spadaccini, the Catholic high school baseball coach and city court employee arrested in September on charges of drugging and sexually molesting boys from his team, has decided to not plead guilty. "Coach Lou," as he was known at SS. John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School, was expected to admit his guilt Monday morning, but instead his attorney told a judge that Spadaccini, 37, wanted a jury trial. While Spadaccini was kept out of sight in a holding cell, his alleged victims - in school uniforms - and their parents were in court waiting for a confession that did not come.
April 10, 2012 |
LOUIS SPADACCINI, the Catholic high school baseball coach and city court employee arrested in September for allegedly drugging and sexually molesting boys on his team, has decided not to plead guilty. "Coach Lou," as he was known at Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School, was expected to plead guilty Monday morning, but instead his attorney told a judge that Spadaccini, 37, wants a jury trial. While Spadaccini was kept out of sight in a holding cell, his alleged victims - in school uniforms - and their parents were in court waiting for a confession that did not come.
March 6, 2012 |
A JUDGE ORDERED the New York Mets' owners yesterday to pay up to $83 million to the trustee in the Bernard Madoff case and gave the go-ahead for a jury trial on claims that could cost them $300 million more. Manhattan Federal Court Judge Jed Rakoff's ruling that Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz must give up their profits from Madoff's Ponzi scheme would tighten the financial squeeze on the team's owners. Their lawyers did not comment on whether an appeal is planned. If Madoff trustee Irving Picard prevails in the trial set to begin March 19, the owners could lose control of the Mets, legal and sports business experts said.
March 2, 2012
A Montgomery County man was found guilty of mail fraud and related charges Thursday for conspiring to burn down an auto-repair shop he owned in Philadelphia to collect the insurance money. Michael Giamo, 30, of Huntingdon Valley, was found guilty during a jury trial in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. Sentencing is set for June 20 before Judge Michael M. Baylson. Giamo is accused of arranging with an employee to burn down One Source Motors, Giamo's business at 14001 Bustleton Ave., using gasoline stored in cans there.
February 13, 2012 |
EASTON, Pa. - Defense attorneys are questioning an Eastern Pennsylvania judge's decision to convict a woman on a lesser charge after a jury acquitted her in a drunken driving case. Northampton County Judge Michael Koury convicted Jessica Trump, 25, last week of the lesser DUI count shortly after a jury cleared her on a second-offense drunken driving charge. Trump testified she wasn't the driver of the car police spotted double-parked in Freemansburg in July. Trump and other witnesses said she had gotten into the driver's seat to retrieve some bags while the designated driver for the evening was unlocking the house.
November 29, 2011 |
The fourth official charged in the Bucks County register of wills corruption case received two years' probation Monday because "his role was minor compared to the other three," prosecutors said. James McCullen, 76, was charged with forcing employees to work the polls for Republican candidates on the county's dime. His boss, Barbara Reilly, and two other assistants have pleaded guilty and are scheduled for sentencing Jan. 9. "There absolutely is a distinction between McCullen and the other three," Chief Deputy District Attorney Robin Twombly said after the hearing in County Court.
November 15, 2011 |
TRENTON - A judge, not a jury, will decide the fate of former New Jersey State Sen. Wayne Bryant in a corruption trial that could add more prison time to the four-year sentence the once-powerful Camden County politician is serving. U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson granted Bryant's request for a so-called bench trial during a hearing Monday in which Bryant reconfirmed his desire to forgo a jury. Bryant first made the request in a letter filed by his lawyer in September. "Yes, your honor, I do," Bryant, 64, said in a clear voice when Wolfson asked whether he wanted her to decide the case without a jury.