February 26, 2015 |
A Philadelphia jury said Tuesday that drugmaker Johnson & Johnson should pay $2.5 million to a 20-year-old autistic man from Alabama - who developed size 46 DD breasts as a young teenager - because the company failed to adequately warn of that potential side effect from his use of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. This was the first case related to the condition called gynecomastia that went to a jury, but thousands more lawsuits are lined up in Philadelphia, California, Missouri, and other locations.
February 11, 2015 |
Recanting critical parts of a statement he made to detectives as a 16-year-old, the son of accused child-killer Margarita Garabito told a Philadelphia jury on Monday that his mother never hit or raised her voice at her 10-year-old stepdaughter. According to his signed statement of Oct. 21, 2009, to homicide detectives, Omar Jose Lorenzo said he heard the sound of "slapping" coming from Charlenni Ferreira's bedroom after his mother went in to discipline the girl. Lorenzo's statement also says he told detectives he saw his mother take a broom into Charlenni's bedroom to discipline her and then heard the girl crying.
January 12, 2015 |
A Common Pleas Court jury trial will resume its deliberations Monday in the case of a Point Breeze man accused of firing 17 shots at a 45-year-old man in a parking lot in 2012, killing him in front of his 5-year-old son. Jurors must decide whether Jahmir Harris, 25, is the man seen on security camera footage getting out of a vehicle and shooting Louis Porter, a married barber who had been standing near his Cadillac outside the Walgreens store at...
January 11, 2015 |
Shortly after 10 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2013, an aide phoned Ironworkers union boss Joseph Dougherty with the news that Local 401 business agent Edward Sweeney had been acquitted of threatening a woman who worked for a nonunion contractor. "That's good," said Dougherty in the call, recorded by the FBI. "Ed got lucky. There shouldn't be a crime against people like that. You should be able to do everything you like against them [people who use nonunion workers], and it's legal. " Five days of testimony in the federal racketeering trial of the 73-year-old union business manager have produced no evidence that Dougherty - "Joe Doc" to his members - directly ordered attacks on nonunion job sites.
November 20, 2014 |
When former Montgomery County Republican Chairman Robert J. Kerns goes to trial next week on sex charges, he will have to convince only one person of his innocence. John L. Braxton, a Philadelphia senior judge, was assigned to the case after the Montgomery County bench was recused to avoid any potential bias for or against the onetime political heavyweight. Court documents show that Kerns, 67, has opted not to take his case before a jury, a strategy one criminal defense expert said could be risky.
September 12, 2014 |
IT TURNS OUT that in Philadelphia being "the worst people in the city" may run in the family. Police this week obtained a warrant to arrest Jason "Cassius Jr. " Broaster, 18, of Harold Street near 26th in North Philadelphia, for the shooting death Monday night of Naaire Murray, 17, outside the victim's rowhouse on Huntingdon Street near 24th. Police found 19 spent shell casings both at 24th and Huntingdon and outside Murray's house after the fatal shooting. They also found a gun on his front steps, Chief Inspector Scott Small said at the scene.
August 9, 2014 |
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office dropped plans Thursday to pursue the death penalty in the trial of an Upper Merion man accused of killing his parents and twin brother in 2011. Prosecutors withdrew the death-penalty notice after Joseph McAndrew Jr. waived a jury trial and agreed to have his case heard by a judge. McAndrew, 27, contends that he was insane when he used a sword to stab his father, landscaping business owner Joseph McAndrew Sr.; his mother, Susan; and brother James in their Holstein Road home in March 2011.
August 2, 2014 |
Former Temple men's basketball star Rick Brunson pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to charges of criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery, and domestic battery after his arrest in an encounter at a suburban Chicago fitness center. The 42-year-old Brunson was the leading candidate to be Temple's next assistant men's basketball coach before his arrest in June. His son, Jalen Brunson, is the nation's No. 1 high school point guard, according to some recruiting websites, and one of Temple's top targets.
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.